SUNY Committee Adopts Controversial Charter School Teaching Requirements

ALBANY (WSKG) – Some of the state’s top-ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.  The controversial proposal approved by the SUNY Charter Schools Committee is slightly different than an earlier one. Now, instead of requiring as little as 30 hours of classroom experience in order to be eligible to teach in a charter school, 40 hours are required, as part of a total of 160 hours of classroom related instruction. State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia and Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa condemned the vote, saying they “strongly disapprove” of the committee’s actions.  The two say the change “lowers standards and will allow inexperienced and unqualified individuals to teach those children that are most in need — students of color, those who are economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.” Charter schools have argued that there’s a shortage of teachers and that it’s hard to hire enough instructors under the more stringent qualification required by the State Education Department. New York State United Teachers union President Andy Pallotta said in a statement that the weakened requirements “sell out the state’s most vulnerable children to score political points.” Northeast Charter Schools Network New York Director Andrea Rogers said in a statement that “the trustees made the right decision” and it offers more “flexibility” for charter schools who opt to design their own teaching requirements.

Alfred U Artist and Professor Featured in Season Premiere of 'Craft in America'

Spotlight Education week continues with the season premiere of Craft in America. TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing the skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Featuring Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete at Idyllwild Arts, glass artist Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School, glass artist Therman Statom, and ceramic artist Linda Sikora at Alfred University School of Art and Design. WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas interviewed Linda Sikora for our Artist Cafe program. Ms. Sikora also adds:
Individuals should contact Alfred University to learn about professional studies in Visual Art and for more information about Ceramic art. To see some of the best functional ceramics in the country locally, attend the national ceramics Flower City Pottery Invitational in Rochester, NY on October 14, 15, and 16, 2016. This is held at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education.

American Graduate Week | WORLD Channel

From September 27th to October 2nd, WORLD Channel presents a week of documentaries that focus on the continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators ‘outside’ of the 90%. Anchoring American Graduate on WORLD is an all-new Local, USA (Stories from the Classroom), If You Build It from WORLD’s original docu-series America ReFramed, and additional series Central Standard and Dropping Back In as well as eight other provocative programs.  
Here’s the local lineup which you can watch on WSKG’s World Channel/46.2:
M 9/28 | Local, USA | 6pm and 9pm
M 9/28 | The Graduates/Los Graduados | 7pm and 8pm

T 9/29 | The Graduate/Los Graduados | 2pm and 3pm
T 9/29 | Local, USA | 4pm
T 9/29 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 6:30pm

W 9/30 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 3:30pm
W 9/30 | Central Standard: On Education | 6:00pm and 6:30pm
W 9/30 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 8pm
W 9/30 | Schools That Change Communities | 9pm

Th 10/1 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 2pm and 3pm
Th 10/1 | Schools That Change Communities | 4pm
Th 10/1 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
Th 10/1 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
Th 10/1 | Our Time is Now | 9pm

Fr 10/2 | Local, USA | 11am
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 2pm
F 10/2 | Our Time is Now | 4pm
F 10/2 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
F 10/2 | Dropping Back In: Second Chances | 6:30pm
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
F 10/2 | Facing Forward: A Student’s Story | 9pm

Inspired by the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).   


Why Some College Professors Struggle To Get Home Loans

Unpredictability is one of the defining characteristics of life as an adjunct professor. Adjuncts’ income can change dramatically from one year to the next, or from one semester to the next. That makes it hard to plan long-term and make big financial decisions, like the one on Barbara Need’s mind. Need is tired of sending big rent checks to her landlord every month. She wants to put that money into a house of her own.