Education

Government
2:30 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Will New Teacher Evaluations Be Put Off For Another Year?

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch speaks during a meeting in Albany.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Less than a month after it was enacted, Governor Cuomo’s new teacher evaluation plan seems to be in jeopardy, with the Regents Chancellor calling for a year’s delay and a key senator saying the legislature needs to revisit the issue.

When Cuomo convinced the legislature to approve a new teacher evaluation system that relies more on standardized tests,  his administration said that the State Board of Regents would have very limited power to make any changes, including compliance with a November deadline to come up with new performance reviews.

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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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Connecticut's Technical High Schools
10:50 am
Mon May 19, 2014

A new start for J.M. Wright Tech

An entrance to the new J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, Conn.
Kaomi Goetz

Stamford is once again home to one of Connecticut's state-run technical high schools. It's reopening this fall after the state shut it down five years ago. We take a look at the school’s rebirth and what administrators are doing to make sure it’s not closed again. 

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Some closing of racial achievement gap
6:13 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Conn. high school seniors get high marks in federal reading & math assessment

A new federal assessment gave Connecticut high schoolers high marks in reading and math. The state still sees a performance gap based on race, but the new results show some improvements in that area.

Click here for a summary of Connecticut's math performance.

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