For more than a decade, Pennsylvania’s pool of new teachers has been shrinking, placing added pressure on those who go into teaching.
For more than a decade, Pennsylvania’s pool of new teachers has been shrinking, placing added pressure on those who go into teaching.
“We had kids that came to ninth grade who hadn’t been in school for two years. So they didn’t develop the social skills that they needed.”
This year, almost every K-12 student in Pennsylvania will receive a free school breakfast paid for by the commonwealth.
The man accused in the mass shooting in Buffalo allegedly threatened to commit a murder-suicide at his high school near Binghamton.
Research shows those borrowers carry $20,000 or less in federal student loan debt – which the Biden administration wants to eliminate.
As the new school year is about to get underway, it will begin with fewer incumbent school board members.
The state predicts over 116,500 students across New York state could see support through this funding.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos presented the community garden organization with a grant from the state’s environmental protection fund.
While there are more reported cases of COVID-19 this summer than the two previous summers, the incidences of hospitalization and death are much lower.
A few of those districts are reaping tens of millions more dollars from the state budget compared to last year
The petitioners have been arguing Pennsylvania’s school system is so underfunded, it violates the state constitution.
“We will use it as a basis to continue to provide supports and resources to those schools and districts that most need them.”
Most schools under the PASSHE umbrella will be getting a several million dollar funding boost this year.
The district is now considering renovating the aging schools and keep them all open.
Making sure educators are paid well, come from diverse backgrounds and feel supported on the job are among its goals.
A lack of transparency baked into state law makes it impossible to determine whether the program is actually improving outcomes for students.
The legislation extends pandemic school meal waivers and other flexibilities making it easier for schools to provide free healthy food for students.
A school district in Lancaster County is considering a policy to bar transgender students from competing in teams that correspond to their gender.
Some Ithaca residents say not all parents are able to come to the meetings in person. They say that cuts them out of the decision making process.
District athletic director Samantha Little will replace Liddy Coyle and serve as interim principal at Northeast Elementary School.
“[The ruling], especially, is making me not want to go far away from here,” said 11th grader Samantha Kager. “Especially if I can’t have free choice of what I want to do with my own body.”
The city’s Common Council plans to vote next week on an ordinance that would make it more difficult for other states to investigate abortions in Ithaca.
“Before, if you walked in Johnson City, you would just hear kids laughing and giggling. Now you don’t hear that. All you hear is construction.”
“In order to really encourage STEM education, we need to focus and start early.”
Students, parents and teachers rallied outside an Ithaca elementary school Tuesday morning. Parents and teachers say the school’s principal has been absent for two weeks now, and the school district won’t tell them why.
Buffalo, Binghamton, ESF and Geneseo made up the majority of the problem.
“The tragedy in Buffalo has created an unexpected and unintended context for the planned assessment.”
Last week’s racist mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket left ten people dead and three wounded. Here’s what WSKG has learned in the days since the attack.
Some voters said they were turned away from the polls because they followed an earlier, incorrect polling place assignment.
“As the city figures out what’s the best way to move forward and achieve that goal, having this support from the federal funding will help us do that.”
Cornell University is expanding a massive underground research facility. A partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is developing new lightweight materials for use in military aircraft.
UVC radiation has been used for decades as a disinfectant, but the FDA says its effectiveness in killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is unknown. What is known is that direct exposure to UVC lamps can cause eye injuries and skin burns.
“We are starting to see shortages in especially our rural areas. Positions for school psychologists left open year after year with no one to fill them.”
More than half of New York’s counties lost population due to more people moving out than moving in since that last census.
It’s not yet clear if Hochul’s proposals will become a part of the upcoming budget, though she has backing from some moderate Democrats and many Republicans.
As warmer temperatures return to the Southern Tier, it’s a sign that ice fishing season is wrapping up. WSKG’s Megan Zerez went out to learn about the sport.
The City of Binghamton has tabled its plan to build a multi-million dollar youth and community center for Columbus Park.
“Here we are today with people who are really trying to rebuild their culture.I believe that we have a debt that we owe them, and this is a great opportunity to step up.”
Some students and professors at Binghamton University held a rally last week in support of sociology professor Ana Maria Candela, who came under fire recently for an affirmative action policy on her syllabus.
Cornish served as interim president since last summer after Dr. Shirley Collado stepped down.
When you look at just the opinions of parents who have children in kindergarten through high school, they are more closely divided.
The school board at Chenango Forks Central School District voted unanimously to end the district’s mask requirements as soon as the statewide mandate is lifted.
The challenge in finding instructors can be even greater for rural school districts.
Members of the faculty unions from the state and city university systems, along with their allies in the Legislature, testified Monday at a budget hearing.
School districts got a big lifeline during the pandemic — an influx of federal COVID aid and more state aid.
Gov. Tom Wolf presents his budget on Feb. 8.
“This is not a strong start, and does not come close to universal child care.”
Parents of biracial students at Bainbridge-Guilford High School said their children regularly experience racist bullying and the video was not a one-off incident.
Some Ithaca residents say they worry about another potential spike in the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate. So far, that increase hasn’t materialized.
“We’re kind of hoping, and we’re being promised that these test kits — over the counter test kits and antigen test kits — are going to become more readily available.”
Students at Binghamton High School returned to class last week to a few changes.
A student at Binghamton High School was shot Thursday morning in an altercation near school grounds, according to a statement released by the Binghamton City School District.
“It’s an effort to say, ‘What are the actual needs that we’re seeing in the community, and what are innovative ways that we can address them?’”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’s committed to seeing students return to school next week as planned, as state health officials are pushing for more children to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Even though students are back in person again, school leaders say 18 months of remote learning has taken a toll on students’ social and emotional development.
The YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County is expanding its footprint. The organization plans to build a new child care facility and affordable housing complex over roughly five acres downtown.
“Once again, the January Regents exams cannot be safely, equitably and fairly administered across the state.”
“The better environment we can create for raising our children, that’s going to pay dividends in terms of innovation, in terms of entrepreneurship.”
SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley was set to retire at the end of December. She has led the campus since 1995.
White students at the game imitated certain Black stereotypes, donning durags, chains and low-hanging pants. Others appear to be flashing gang signs.
“The demands of parents and providers for meaningful action on child care have been ignored for far too long.”
Students at Binghamton High School will move to remote learning and it’s not because of COVID-19. The shift online is in reaction to recent behavior issues among students.
Students at Binghamton High School were evacuated Wednesday morning after a small fire was discovered in a restroom.
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras will resign effective Jan. 14, acknowledging in a letter to the SUNY Board of Trustees that “recent events surrounding me over the past week have become a distraction.”
Last week, investigators released emails and text messages from Malatras mocking Lindsey Boylan, an ex-aide to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after she called the work environment toxic in 2019.
Across the state about one in every seven positive COVID-19 tests is sent to a lab to be screened for variants. But some counties, like Tompkins, are able to screen nearly all of their tests.
“This is an important step in modernizing the system and eliminating an administrative hassle for child care programs.”
Housing activists in Binghamton are calling on college students to join efforts to improve the quality of housing and tenant protections.
The court will hear arguments Dec. 8 in order to make a final decision.
A group of students at Greene High School in Chenango County have held protests and walkouts against racial, sexual and homophobic harassment by other students.
A closer look at school board results in the vastly influential Philadelphia suburbs challenges any decisive electoral storyline.
Funding from the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure package signed into law last week, will soon start making its way down to local projects, including broadband internet access.
The school superintendents in upstate school districts who teach Native American children have joined forces to ask Gov. Kathy Hochul for a total of $60 million to pay for long-overdue maintenance for their school buildings.
The lower-dose Pfizer vaccine has arrived at health departments and pediatricians’ offices across the region.
“We will be selecting 50 names of children who will be receiving a full ride to a SUNY or CUNY institution.”
While the stresses of the pandemic led some nurses to quit or retire, others are getting ready to step in.
To prepare you for the upcoming trial we’ve broken down the history of this case, where it stands now, and where it could lead.
In Broome and Tompkins counties, only about 27% of people registered to vote actually cast a ballot.
A bomb threat at Cornell University on Sunday led to the evacuation of four buildings on the Ithaca campus.
“I would suspect that this is an example of the people who scheduled those initiatives choosing the wrong election to put those initiatives on the ballot.”
“They’ll have an argument with the parent right in front of you where the parent says no and the child says yes.”
“We’re all just trying to get through a global pandemic. But definitely, they need some [additional] instruction when they get back.”
The western university group also got a brand name this month: Pennsylvania Western University, or Penn West.
“I want to empower parents and schools to do the right things first but if we’re not seeing adequate compliance…I will have no choice.”
While plans for the new Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences facility pre-date the pandemic by several years, its opening comes at a time when many hospitals face nursing shortages.
The governor and Democratic lawmakers want to make affirmative consent policies standard practice at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
Educators say there’s a clear choice: Limit the spread of the virus, or risk going back to online and hybrid learning.
Many school district leaders have a dilemma — they have all this federal money, but they can’t use it to hire the teachers and staff they need.
The New York Court of Appeals ordered the state pay the additional money 15 years ago, but the decision was never fully carried out.
Gun ownership is on the rise nationwide, and with the biggest jump being among Black people, some of them have started gun clubs.
These races are more contentious than ever, but getting information can be difficult.
Workers who are represented by one of 14 collective bargaining contracts can still opt for weekly testing in lieu of a vaccine.
Employees must get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8th or face termination.
“That position has never been funded to the degree that it should be.”
“I think the decision has been made not to eliminate it, that we’re going to accept it.”
Licensed child care providers can now apply for one-time grants to help them retain and recruit personnel and cover operational costs.
About 97% of students enrolled at SUNY schools across New York have complied with the mandate, according to a SUNY spokesperson.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the district identified the issue as a regulator on the secondary boiler.
60 percent of parents also revealed they’d prefer having remote learning as an available option, full or part time.
“I’d love to be able to [test] our whole school, but you’re talking, you know, 5000 tests a week. We do not have that capacity.”
“When you have such a highly vaccinated population, we do know the breakthrough cases are possible.”
“There still is a digital divide, particularly in rural parts of the state, and for lower-income New Yorkers.”
“I feel confident that the College is poised for even greater success in the years to come.”
“Nobody wanted to have unilateral government, whether that be from the executive or from the legislature. What people voted for…was cooperative government.”
“If those people can’t get tested and those people don’t get vaccinated, then they’re not going to be able to go to school and that is going to cause major problems for schools to be able to be reopened.”
“I want them to know that it’s personal for so many of us.”
“I was like, ‘oh my gosh, oh my gosh, what do I do?'”
Students heading back to school may not hear about climate change in the classroom because of outdated science education standards.
“I think everybody is a little bit nervous about where we’re going from here.”
I want to kind of let governor-to-be Hochul kind of get her sea legs and we’ll go from there.”
“It’s clear that everyone wants to keep kids in the classroom and keep extra curricular activities going.”
“I want to go to a place where, you know, I feel like at home.”
Syracuse will require masks regardless of vaccination status and require proof of vaccination for all employees or regular testing.
Nine states, including New York, have implemented new mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the more contagious variant indoors.
“There is an urgent need for timely advice and supervision flowing from the State Department of Health to local and school officials.”
“We want to be responsive and we want to stay on top of things, but I would not want it to be way out in front of this before more information comes.”
Only some of the region’s private colleges have implemented vaccine requirements for both employees and students.
“Students who are parents prioritize feeding their children over getting their own meal in order to make their tuition payments.”
Cuomo said his administration is doing a “full review” of its mask policies, now that the CDC has altered its recommendations.
Gabriel said one of her goals is to get more people, both locally and nationally, to learn about the Finger Lakes connection to women’s rights.
The system’s Board of Governors voted to proceed with those mergers in a unanimous vote last week, and plan to launch the new “integrated” western and northeast university systems next July.
Alberto José Cardelle will replace Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, who stepped down in October 2020 after SUNY Oneonta became a hotspot for COVID-19 cases.
SUNY is pushing vaccine awareness campaigns and encouraging students and faculty to use vaccine clinics on campus.
“We know that significant change must occur if we are going to ensure that accessible, affordable public higher education remains available and attractive to students.”
“We must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past. No matter how hard it will be.”
“This new era of intercollegiate athletics is upon us. We have some of the brightest young adults in the world…who now can capitalize on their name, image and likeness.”
Collado will be the shortest tenured president in Ithaca College’s 129-year history.
“It’s good economic sense because that is the future. And that’s where you’re going to see all the economic development and jobs being created.”
“This initiative will help create affordable connected homes that equip residents with the tools necessary to thrive in the modern world.”
Socializing can be challenging for children with Autism, it’s especially hard during a pandemic. But a summer program aims to help.
The case involved a teenage cheerleader who dropped F-bombs on Snapchat. At issue was whether schools may punish students for speech that occurs online and off-campus but that may be disruptive.
The theory — which explores narratives of American History from all perspectives — has been a common practice in higher education for decades.
Gillibrand discussed both during a stop in Ithaca on Monday.
Elmira commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first Juneteenth event in the city at Ernie Davis park.
“I think that it is our job to keep history alive by talking about it.”
“I want it to be part of the DNA of the town. I want it, I want you to feel it like I feel it.”
Acting State Human Services Secretary Meg Snead said parents ultimately have to make their own decisions about what’s safe.
“We need school districts and superintendents to marry civil disobedience with common sense. And that is no masks for the rest of the year.”
The expansion will increase enrollment in FLCC’s registered nursing program by 60% and it will also allow that college to add a licensed practical nursing program.
It looks like New York State is not ready to change its guidance on masking yet for grades K-12.
After June 28, only unvaccinated people will need to wear masks on Penn State’s campus.
Some community college leaders say despite New York’s free tuition program, there are improvements that a federal version could make possible.
The largest U.S. school district will reopen this fall with no option for virtual classes. Chancellor Meisha Porter says 70,000 employees have already been vaccinated, “and we need our children back.”
“Trying to get ten toddlers to keep a mask on is a feat that’s impossible. It’s very, very difficult. We can barely get them to keep their shoes on, let alone a mask on their face.”
“Our goal should be focused on getting the vaccine to those who want it, but not punish those who have made a personal choice.”
More New Yorkers think the embattled governor should hang on than think he should resign.
“When so many people had to work and learn and play at home, the lack of broadband internet service clearly became a real problem for those families.”
Several other schools across New York are also requiring immunizations.
“I think there is an obvious desire to get back to normal, and get their youth and lives back that they so dearly miss.”
“It’s the communities and the connectedness that we have within those communities. It’s the jobs that we have access to. It’s the type of income we have.”
A new federal program will provide low-income residents with a monthly stipend to help pay for internet service.
“That’s a personal decision, but it’s my job as a teacher to provide you with the information so you can look up the specifics, or we can look them up together.”
“You go to a SUNY school, State University of New York, City University of New York, you must have a vaccine to come back in September. If you must have a vaccine, get it now, if you have to get it anyway.”
The CAB exists as a place where charter schools can challenge decisions made by their local school boards.
“As we set our sights on the fall semester and reopening our campuses, we hope to be able to lift many more COVID-related restrictions in the weeks and months to come.”
“Dr. Mullaney has successfully guided our many College constituencies through a myriad of challenges including the onset of and operations during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The proposed northeastern entity would consist of Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Bloomsburg Universities.
Fracking caused upheaval over the disruption and environmental degradation in the rural communities surrounding Williamsport, and challenged the rural values of independence and sovereignty over private property.
“That campaign of division and resentment is really toxic to just the everyday functioning of the campus”
“I’ll go inside the bathroom, just for a quick second, and I’ll cry. But then I’m like, you know what, let me get myself together, everything’s going to be OK.”
“It could really change the whole way that child care is done, it could change the child care system going forward.”
“Reading more about what happened with that just really angered me. Watching the board meeting on Tuesday, seeing all the board members—just one Black person on there.”
“School is not just a place where they learn academics. It’s how they learn to get along with other kids their same age — how to navigate and negotiate all that.”
“Whether you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with the conversations taking place in the book, they are conversations that are happening in our communities and should not be ignored.”
“We know this has been a really hard year and a half. We are going to put resources behind education to prop the kids back up, give them time to maneuver through these changes and then get back on track with their education.”
“For America, broadband holds great power. It will either be the great equalizer for society, or it will be the great divider.”
“You have to respect what’s happening with COVID, and make sure not only the students are safe but the family and friends that would come on to campus.”
“We also believe that in this moment, we must ensure coherent opportunities for all students to actively participate in a lifetime of civic engagement and social justice activism.”
“Let’s stamp this beast to death while we can.”
Students with medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated.
The deal will also require the state to study access and reliability of high-speed internet service statewide, including in historically underserved rural areas.
“We want to get past this and the only way to get past this is to get folks, you know, vaccinated.”