State Education Commissioner John King, left, explains the delayed phase-in of Common Core. Proposed legislation would go further.
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New York Republicans have submitted legislation to halt Common Core. This is the latest attack against the new, more rigorous school testing standards and goes further than other reforms offered to date.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced appointments Friday to the panel he established to re-evaluate the state's implementation of Common Core. The panel is about evenly split between supporters and critics of the new, more rigorous teaching standards.
Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a sweeping plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten. This would make New York only the fourth state to launch such an ambitious program. But schools on Long Island are skeptical if not indignant.
For the first time New York's Education commissioner John King is signaling there may be too much state testing. King sent a letter to school administrators across the state Thursday saying that he will push to end at least one state test.
It's summertime and on Saturday nights on Long Island there are demolition derbies. Cars wrecking cars for the pure thrill of it. WSHU's Charles Lane recently went to a "demo" at Riverhead Raceway and he found out Long Island is the legendary home of the demolition derby. He brought back this audio postcard.
Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange. But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent. Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.
A health policy group has given New York's Department of Health a mostly glowing review of its rollout of the new health insurance exchange program. But the group is worried the department hasn’t completely figured out the systems for paying doctors and hospitals.
In his State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo embraced many of his familiar issues: cutting taxes for businesses and estates, boosting tourism, and expanding abortion rights. A few new items included a proposal to borrow $2 billion dollars for education technology, a push to improve New York City airports , and support for connecting Metronorth to Penn Station. For Long Islanders, reaction so far has been lukewarm.
New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo resigned effective midnight Tuesday. In a surprise statement posted to his web site, the 7-term Republican from Merrick says he will become CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Fuschillo's departure leaves both the state senate and Long Island in a precarious situation.