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Education
3:53 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

'Opt Out' Supporters Win L.I. School Board Seats

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to refuse that their children take state tests on Monday, April 13, 2015, in Rotterdam, N.Y.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Supporters of the opt out movement won 52 seats in Tuesday's school board elections on Long Island. More than half of school districts on Long Island now have at least some board members emphatically against Common Core-aligned standardized tests and how they are weighted in teacher evaluations.

This  could allow them to influence whether entire school districts administer the tests.

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Education
10:01 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Thousands Rally For More Charter Schools

Charter School Rally in Albany.
Credit Jenna Flanagan

It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

Thousands of charter school students on 450 buses, along with their parents and teachers, came to Albany for a rally that was billed by organizers as a school field trip. They heard nearly two hours of speeches, watched dance performances, and saw celebrities like Grammy winning singer Ashanti.

Among the speakers, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos of Long Island, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Education
7:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Finding A Second Chance In Conn.'s New Manufacturing Landscape

HCC student Ed Daniels watches as a fellow student works on a class project.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

An expanding community college program in Connecticut is promising lots of jobs to students in the field of advanced manufacturing: a range of work that requires that requires the latest and most advanced technology and more precision than traditional manufacturing. Government officials and businesses see it as a second chance to for the state be a nationwide manufacturing player – and some students are betting it’ll give them a second chance, too.

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Education
7:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Report Points To Missed Opportunities To Treat Newtown Shooter Adam Lanza

A police cruiser sits in the driveway as crime scene tape surrounds the home of Nancy Lanza, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Nancy Lanza was killed by her son Adam Lanza before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire, killing many others, including 20 children.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

A report released on Friday by Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate traced the mental health and history of Adam Lanza, the man who committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It draws a narrative of years of missed opportunities, saying his mother and his educational team tried to accommodate his issues, not treat them. It claims Lanza didn’t get any mental health care after 2008, and that he grew up isolated, without the kind of socialization he should have received.

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Black students improve scores in all areas
6:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

86 percent of Conn. class of 2014 took the SAT

About 86 percent of Connecticut’s high school graduating class of 2014 took the SAT exam.  That’s according to a new report from the College Board, which created and administers the test.

That SAT participation rate is a slight increase over the class of 2013. Participation rates grew more sharply for black and Hispanic students in the state.

Connecticut’s average scores in writing and math dipped slightly from 2013, while reading scores reading scores stayed flat.

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