Friday Rundown: 4.18.14

Good morning! Did you realize that every day this week was a palindrome?


Pretty cool, right? We’ll call it Fun Fact Friday. On to the Rundown.

Cuomo accepts pro-charter role (Albany Times Union)…Editorial: Cuomo drives schools to the brink  (Glens Falls Post Star)

State senator joins push to delay teacher exam (Journal News)

There are 215 more master teachers in NY (Journal News)

Web Essay: When teachers can’t teach, students fail (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

They still don’t get it about Common Core (Times Herald Record – subscription may be required)

Opt-out movement gains traction across region (Buffalo News)

Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words (NY Times)

Editorial: Allow voters to decide on taxes (Glens Falls Post Star)

Editorial: Happy, unhappy times for school budgets in Elmira region (Elmira Star Gazette)

Schumer calls for funding to fight school violence (Buffalo News)

Parental involvement is overrated (NY Times)

5 Ways School Libraries Can Stay Relevant in the Digital Age (Center for Digital Education)

Friday Rundown 4.11.14

Good morning! Friday is here and that is reason enough to smile. Here’s your Rundown from the past week.

NYSUT votes in first female president (Albany Times Union)

State Ed turns to BOCES to track student data (Journal News)

Problems with Common Core tests harder to spot with fewer students taking them (Watertown Daily Times)

In testimony, Arne Duncan continues to distance himself from Common Core (Ed Week)

Stephen Colbert on Common Core confusion (Colbert Report)

State Education trends (CATO Institute)

Finally, our thoughts and well-wishes go out to the students and families of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. We applaud your bravery in the face of such danger. May you find comfort during this traumatic time.

Friday Rundown 4.4.14

Good Friday morning to everyone. From the state budget to possible changes coming to teacher evaluations, this week had a little bit of everything and education was very much at the heart of it. Here’s your weekly Rundown.

State Budget Passes

Testing Opt Outs

Teacher Evaluation Changes?


Friday Rundown: 3.28.14

We don’t know about you, but boy are we sick and tired of the cold. While we hang around and wait for the sunshine, let’s see what’s been happening in education. The big news of the week has been all about the state budget, with some common core action thrown in to spice things up as next week’s state tests approach. Would you like to hear about it? Here we go!

NYS Budget

Common core:

Here’s a crazy story about four cases — in New Jersey, Alaska, Kansas and Washington — where Republican legislators tried to or threatened to punish judges who ordered that the state give more money to disadvantaged districts.

And finally, here’s a cool list of great blogs & people on Twitter for educators to follow.

If we’ve missed anything, be sure to share it in the comments. Have a great weekend.

Friday Rundown: 3.21.14

Somewhere in this great country of ours, someone is experiencing the warmer temperatures that come with spring. It’s just not you or me. Hopefully, your bracket hasn’t busted yet. The New York teams playing had an up and down day yesterday. Manhattan and Albany were tripped up last night, but Syracuse held on and will next play on Saturday. Here’s your Rundown. Enjoy the weekend!

Commissioner John King delivered his State of Education address yesterday and focused on the regents reform agenda (Albany Business Review, TWC News)

Gov. Cuomo presses lawmakers to support his plan for property-tax freeze (Poughkeepsie Journal)…NY Minute: Cuomo sweetens property tax freeze proposal (Syracuse Post Standard)

59 protesters arrested amid state budget talks, many education advocates (Albany Times Union)

Table targets: Small advances seen for education funding (Albany Times Union)

Opinion: Youth an asset to school boards (Albany Times Union)

Opinion: By re-electing Regents, state legislators reject further politicization of education (Buffalo News)

Common Core jolts prospective teachers (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Federal report: N.Y.’s education reform making progress (Journal News)

Why should kids just ‘sit and stare’? as parents, school officials debate Common Core testing (Buffalo News)

Opinion: Charter school $ecret$ (Albany Times Union)

Upstate educators slam budget plan to spend $540M on Big Apple (Times Herald Record)

Kindergarten, not pre-K, elusive for some N.Y. schools (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Are American students grossly unprepared for college? (Washington Post)

No, Kids Don’t Have More Homework Than They Did 30 Years Ago (Time)

Friday Rundown: 3.14.14

Happy Pi Day! A lot to catch you up on from this week, including the Senate’s one house budget resolution coming in late last night. We’ll begin there.

The Senate’s resolution gives an additional $217 million over the Governor’s proposal to public schools, but it also gives $250 million more to charter and private schools.

Among the proposals outlined in the Senate’s resolution was a new property tax relief program, dubbed “Freeze Plus.” Here’s the language:

PART FF: The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to create a $1.4 billion Freeze Plus program that freezes property taxes for two years by making the property tax relief permanent. Schools will be eligible for this program in SFY 2014-15 while counties, cities, towns and villages will be eligible in SFY 2015-16. This makes all municipalities and schools eligible in their next fiscal year. Schools will receive $400 million in the first year, growing to $800 million thereafter. Municipalities will receive $200 million in their first year, and $400 million thereafter. In order for homeowners in their jurisdiction to receive the property tax relief in year two of the plan, school districts and local governments must continue to stay within the tax cap and must work towards continuing efficiencies previously adopted with new efficiency plans that may include consolidation and shared services. Municipalities and school districts will develop and implement structural budgetary efficiency plans for sharing or consolidating services that, when implemented, will achieve real savings for taxpayers. Local Governments with 50 employees or less will also be authorized to join municipal cooperative health benefit plans as a tool to achieve savings.

The Senate’s resolution calls for $2.7 billion in funding over five years for a universal pre-k and after-school programs in New York City ($540 million for 2014-15). According to Capital New York, the Senate’s plan also includes $145 million for pre-K expansion in the rest of the state during the next fiscal year, but the funding would be flexible, so schools could choose to use it for kindergarten or restore general state-aid cuts instead.

Here’s an overview of the entire resolution (Capitol Confidential)…And here’s the actual thing.

Moving on…Here’s the rest of your education headlines from the week.

Educators learn Common Core on the fly (Journal News)…Prekindergarten programs, teachers work to keep up with Common Core standards (Glens Falls Post Star)…Parents want to opt out of common core tests, Commissioner says ‘no’ (WTEN)

Cuomo’s Common Core panel: Back off from inBloom (Capitol Confidential)…Read the rest of the panel’s roundup here.

North Country schools are pushing for an end to school-aid cuts this year. (Plattsburgh Press Republican)

Josephine Finn was elected to the Board of Regents, replacing James Jackson, who resigned Monday night. (Syracuse Post Standard)

Unhappy with state school funding, AQE marches on Albany (Capitol Confidential)

South Glens Falls High School held their annual dance marathon and raised a record-setting $583,000 for 39 beneficiaries (Glens Falls Post Star)

Friday Rundown: 3.7.14

Another day, another cold morning. Looks like our temperatures are creeping up a little bit this weekend though. Silver lining, folks. Here’s your Rundown from the last week.

State Assembly Votes on Common Core Changes

Common Core: Aspiring teachers face certification hurdles (Journal News)

Common Core fallout: Lawmakers hope to find replacements for Regents (Journal News)

Editorial: Cuomo enlists taxpayers in fight for 2-year freeze (Journal News)

Student data company on the defensive at Assembly hearing (Capital NY)

Cuomo TV ad pushes his Common Core stance (NY Daily News – Subscription required)

In second meeting, Cuomo’s Common Core panel tackles new ed policies (Chalkbeat NY)

Money alone won’t solve the problems of New York’s schools (Buffalo News)

State’s budget gimmick is hindering schools (Hint: Three simple letters) (Oneonta Daily Star)

Cuomo Vows to Defend Charter Schools, Setting Up Another Battle With de Blasio (NY Times)…Fred LeBrun: Governor’s charter school baloney blitz (Albany Times Union)…Editorial: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s charter support is a win for kids (NY NewsDay – Subscription required)

College Board Shakes Up SAT (Wall Street Journal)…New SAT should reflect Common Core, standard classroom work (Journal News)

‘I’m tired of watching New York’s decline’: Rob Astorino announces run for governor (Auburn Citizen)

Coverage of Herkimer Regional Advocacy Forum

Friday Rundown: 2.28.14

The last Friday in February. Here’s hoping that March comes in like a lamb and leaves like one too. Here’s your Rundown for the week.

Opinion: Funding inequities hurt children (Albany Times Union)

Cuomo says Common Core rollout is ‘too hasty’ (Albany Times Union)…Cuomo says death penalty for failing schools sidetracked by Common Core (Buffalo News)…Poll: NY voters split on the Common Core, back moratorium (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Cuomo on teacher evaluations, dramatically (Capital New York)

inBloom to testify Friday on controversial student portal (Journal News)

Education group recommends adoption of pre-K plans from both Cuomo and de Blasio (Buffalo News)

School leaders still feel pain of state budget gap 4 years ago (Buffalo News)

Cuomo to unveil campaign for property-tax freeze (Press Connects)…Speaking of that, here’s the website… Although, some legislators don’t necessarily agree with the Governor’s plan. (Times Union)

Friday Rundown 2.21.14

A good morning to you! Friday has arrived, so let’s catch up on what went on in the education world this week.

On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo’s appointed Common Core panel met for the first time (Capital New York)

Common Core curriculum now has its critics on the left (NY Times)…Another Voice: Common Core standards are too important to put off (Buffalo News)…Common Core printing, training costs outpace Race to Top funds (Watertown Daily Times)…Opinion: Let’s fix Common Core, not fight over it (Daily Star)

Commentary: Pre-K debate is Monty Python-esque (Albany Times Union)

Cuomo, de Blasio battle could shape future of pre-K funding (Journal News)…If Cuomo wins pre-K battle, will he deliver? (Capital New York)

State officials admit problems with new teacher ratings (NY Newsday – Paid subscription required)

Cuomo’s proposed tax freeze would mean about $350 in the mail – and likely less for Upstate New Yorkers. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Why do school state aid runs look like they’re from the 80s? Because they are. (Buffalo News)

“Teaching with poverty in mind:” One teacher’s perspective (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

A cool story out of the Frontier Central School District, as the technology coordinator there has been bringing her dog Pandora to work several times a week this year. Pandora is training to be a reading therapy dog. (Buffalo News)

Friday Rundown 2.7.14

TGIF! If you missed anything this week, we have you covered. Check out this week’s Rundown.

School leaders, others fear that establishing full-day pre-K programs will take already scarce funds from more pressing needs (Albany Times Union)…According to the Times Union editorial board, the state needs to think of education as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade proposition, with adequate funding along the way. (Albany Times Union)

The author of the state Common Core math curriculum defends the approach (Syracuse Post Standard)…The controversial education standards in New York will likely face some changes by either the state or the Legislature. (Poughkeepsie Journal)…Silver tells Regents to delay Common Core for two years (Buffalo News)

Educators in Plattsburgh discussed the struggles of impoverished students (Plattsburgh Press Republican)

A grim projection of New York school finances (Capital New York)

Letter: Do we really value education? (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Most years, the mysterious process for choosing members of the state Board of Regents unfolds without a sniff of public interest. But this isn’t most years. (Journal News)

Arne Duncan’s Chief Deputy: Second-Term Agenda Is Same as First (Ed Week)