Cuomo’s Common Core Review: Promise Or Politics?

New York’s Common Core is about to get another hard look. Earlier this year the state’s Education Commissioner started a review of the standards. Now Governor Andrew Cuomo is forming his own panel for the same purpose. He says Common Core implementation was flawed and that he sympathizes with parents who opted their children out of state tests. But some educators are skeptical about Cuomo’s effort.


Parents Sue So. Tier School For More Say, Lower Taxes

Parents in Harpursville, New York, are taking their school district to court. A group sued the school earlier this year over what they say is a lack of transparency. The case went before a Broome County judge Tuesday. The group is called STOP, or School Transparency Organization for Parents. They say their school used a secretive process to get rid of two administrators last year and hire replacements.

2015 Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival

WSKG’s Arts Team will have a table in the literary arts section of the festival, where we’ll be sharing exciting arts program previews from PBS Arts Fall Festival 2015, some of our local arts and culture segments and much more! Including FREE salsa lessons sponsored by PBS Arts Festival, starting at 1pm and Salsa Libre on the NBT Main Stage.  Join us Saturday, September 12, 10am-6pm at the 21st Annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival. Photo courtsey of Salsa Libre.

The West Kortright Center celebrates 40 years with a fair


The West Kortright Center has been a center for arts for forty years, bringing performances of all genres, as well as education.  Charlene Sugihara, a member of the board, describes the fair that will take place at the Center on Sunday, September 6th.  There’s also a members’ art show that begins on Friday. http://wskg.org/audio/westkcfairmix.mp3

Arctic Climate Change, Pot Pesticides, and Student Data

Tune into  Science Friday for a discussion on climate change, take a peek at how some teachers spent their summer and learn how pesticides are affecting the marijuana industry.  At a global conference to discuss priorities in the Arctic, President Obama said that climate change was “a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.” How does this sentiment hold up in light of the recent decision to open up the Arctic to drilling? Science journalist Brooke Borel, of Popular Science and the blog Our Modern Plagues, discusses this and other science stories in the news this week. Plus, learning apps are beginning to find their way into the classroom. But with the introduction of any new technology comes the collection of big data.

EJ Shoe Factory | #tbt

George F. Johnson moved to Binghamton, New York in 1878 at the age of 22. He was the son of a career shoemaker and had learned every facet of the shoemaking business. In 1899, he entered into a partnership with a wealthy investor from Boston, named Henry B. Endicott. Together they formed the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company and began to take over the shoemaking industry in America. At its peak, EJ shoes employed over twenty thousand workers and produced more than 52 million pairs of shoes a year.

The Cornell Jewish Studies department presents a Yiddish Theatre Festival


The Cornell Jewish Studies department is presenting its first Yiddish Theatre Festival on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The festival includes a silent film from the 1920s, a performance of “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d”, a sampler of Yiddish theatre, and a performance of “Waiting for Godot” in Yiddish.  Allen Lewis Rickman gives us an overview of the festival. http://wskg.org/audio/yiddishtheatremix.mp3


Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies


Is New SUNY Transfer Process Good For Community College Students?

Students at New York’s public universities will soon have an easier time transferring between campuses. SUNY announced a new policy last week to help students finish their degrees on time. Usually, students who transfer from one college to another face a lot of uncertainty. Courses completed at one school often do not carry over to the other. Until now, that’s even been true within the SUNY system.

Music of Brahms and Friends played in Gilbertsville


Every year musicians from all over the United States take some time off from their busy schedules to gather at the Magic Mountain Music Farm in Morris, NY to concentrate on one piece under the tutelage of Manhattan School of Music professor Burton Kaplan.  For the twenty-third year they are presenting the products of their study in two free concerts at the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville.  Violinist Erika Atchley and clarinetist Dan Ferreira talk about the concert, their backgrounds, and what brings them back year after year. http://wskg.org/audio/Brahmsandfriends.mp3


Finale – Big Blue Live

Tune into WSKG TV tonight at 8pm for the finale of Big Blue Live, a three part series documenting the migration of species returning to Monterey Bay. Big Blue Live celebrates a wildlife success story and marine animal phenomenon: humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more all convene in Monterey Bay once a year.  

Episode 1
Follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels and get facts about humpback whale anatomy.  

Episode 2
Dive into the hidden world of Monterey’s sea lions and hear about the bay’s rejuvenation through sea otters’ return. Join a scientist who’s trying to help solve the mystery of shark migration and study the anatomy of white sharks and elephant seals.