Ex-Governor Looks Back At Sandusky Case, Fallout

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - In a rare interview, former Republican Governor Tom Corbett has returned to one of the issues that dogged him late in his lone term in office--the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. Corbett told Radio PA "mistakes were made" in the handling of the situation. In the aftermath of Corbett's loss to Democrat Tom Wolf, it was a common theory that the Republican's seat on the Penn State Board of Trustees had hurt him politically. The board voted to fire Paterno for under-reporting Sandusky's abuse. Corbett said he certainly sees a connection.

SUNY Officials Seek More Money To Re-Recruit Dropouts

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The State University of New York is asking the state to help it expand a pilot program meant to get students with student loan debt, who drop out of college, help in finishing their degree. Re-Enroll to Complete is designed to reach recently withdrawn student loan borrowers to get them back on campus. A successful pilot program reached out to more than 1,000 students at 17 SUNY campuses. “240 students out of that 1,000 in the pilot, came back. And of those, now a high percentage are actually completing their degree,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson.

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More Flexible School Days Could Be The Future For New York

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A possible change to school calendars would give districts more flexibility in scheduling. A proposal made by the New York State Education Department would switch from a 'number of school days per year' guideline, to hours per year. Right now, the department requires schools be in session 180 days a year, something that can easily get messed up by parent teacher conferences or snow days. Spokesperson for the Rochester City School District Carlos Garcia says this would also help college prep students who attend some classes at MCC. "So they can come in later, they can come in earlier etc.

Table-Top Games Offer Lessons In Medieval Religious Law

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A team at the Rochester Institute of Technology has produced two first of their kind table-top games that aim to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion and law. The two games, Lost and Found and Lost and Found: Order in the Court are set in 12th century Cairo, between 1170 and 1180. Assistant Professor of Interactive Games and Media Owen Gottlieb says the first game, Lost and Found, is geared towards high school and college aged players. It’s kind of like a Settlers of Catan, a board game that has players working to build and maintain a settlement. "To work up to build the cities resources, the kinds of things you need for the city like clean water or training a doctor or training a scribe, and you have to do that with limited resources."

Unpaid Internships Put Many College Students In A Tough Spot

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Many college students will tell you one of the best ways to secure a good job after graduating is to find an internship. That’s an easy enough task, but finding one that’s paid can be a little more challenging. Abbey Buttacavoli is a junior at SUNY Oswego. She couldn’t pursue an internship with a company she wanted to work for because it didn’t provide pay. “It just wouldn't have worked,” Buttacavoli said. “And I wish it could have, because it is a really good opportunity, but not having that financial support or stability is not an option.”

But some students are willing to live with a little financial instability in exchange for experience, even if it means they’ll be heading into the workforce with an empty bank account.

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Study Finds Major Gaps In New York’s Special Education Spending

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - There are major gaps in special education spending in New York. A study by the New York State Association of School Business Officials found that spending in wealthier districts for special needs students was almost double the spending in more impoverished districts. 

“Special education spending in the lowest need districts is $43,635 per special education pupil while spending in the highest need districts is $25,823 per special education pupil,” wrote researchers of the study. And this translates into major gaps of achievement. 80 percent of special needs students in wealthier districts graduate, while just 40 percent of special needs students graduate from lower-income districts. They’re also less likely to score high on state testing.