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Three Things To Know About NY Education Changes

It’s a time of educational upheaval in New York. Changes are piling up fast: the state Board of Regents delayed state tests’ impact on teacher evaluations, and Governor Cuomo’s task force called for nearly two dozen changes to learning standards. In the midst of it all, here are three things you need to know. One: Remember what’s not changing – the bulk of the Common Core standards themselves. The standards are expectations for students, what we say students should be able to do when they finish a grade.

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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.

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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.

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With No Flood Insurance, Spencer School Takes A Big Hit

A private school in Tioga county needs close to $100,000 in repairs after flooding early last week. Clean-up work at is underway, but the school does not have flood insurance, despite its location along a creek. North Spencer Christian Academy filled with nearly 100 volunteers after the flood water receded. They removed debris, and now they’re vacuuming up the last traces of water. Cris Pasto vacuums muddy water off stairs leading to the school’s lower level.

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NY School Districts Work On ‘Efficiency’

Sharing. It’s one of the first lessons kids learn in school. And now New York is telling schools that they have to share, too. The state wants schools to come together and save money. “In our case the 15 districts in Broome-Tioga BOCES have to realize an annual savings of $2.7 million,” says Windsor Central School District superintendent Jason Andrews.

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Tioga School District Refuses 30 Percent Tax Hike

New Yorkers voted on school budgets yesterday. In Broome and Tioga counties, most budgets passed, but the Tioga Central School District got tripped up on taxes. Tioga Central schools superintendent Scot Taylor says his district relies too heavily on money held in reserve. “The only other resource you have as a district is your tax levy,” he says. So this year, the district tried raise its tax income by 30 percent.