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Cracking the Common Core

New York’s students will start taking new standardized tests this year in the name of improving performance. So why are kids expected to fail?

Students in third to eighth grade will face English language arts and math tests adhering to Common Core Standards, national standards that were developed by looking at what students should achieve to be prepared for college.

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NYSUT calls out tax cap

Area legislators ask for increased state aid to schools

Public schools are in the budget limelight as local lawmakers call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to modify aid distributions guidelines, while at the same time the state’s largest teachers union is suing to challenge the constitutionality of the state tax cap law.

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Saratoga schools updates lunch policy

The Saratoga Springs City School District has adopted a new school lunch policy after years of forgiving the debts of students who charged their lunches.

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Elementary equations

Area educators decry lack of state aid, distribution inequality

Around 1,400 people on Thursday, Jan. 31, attended the regional event “Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril — Running Out of Time and Options” featuring Statewide School Finance Consortium Executive Director Rick Timbs as the keynote speaker.

Panel talks gun safety

About 200 people braved a cold, bitter night on Thursday, Jan. 24, to converge upon Ballston Spa High School with one question in mind: How do we keep our kids safe in school?

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Educators skeptical about Cuomo’s reforms

Area school administrators grade governor’s education proposals

Gov. Cuomo linked education to the economic recovery of the state and laid out several proposals to enhance the quality of the state’s public schools. Area school administrators say district funds are tapped and are wondering how initiative will be funded.

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Club seeks to heal through music

High schoolers collect iPods to donate to Alzheimer’s patients

In a time when technology makes the generation gap seem larger than ever, a group of high school students are working to leverage modern gadgets to bridge that divide.

Let history take its course

Course will examine the archaeological record of biblical times

On Monday, Jan. 7, Steven Stark-Riemer will begin teaching “Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel.” The eight-session course will dive into the development of biblical archaeology by looking at several time periods and how events later affected the lives of the people who now live in the Middle East.

Voters OK Ballston Spa Projects

$8.9M bond will cover second phase of facilities renovations

An extensive facilities upgrade plan will be going ahead after Ballston Spa School District voters approved an $8.9 million referendum to fund the second phase of renovations to multiple district buildings.

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History takes center stage

Home schooling experiment leads to young theater troupe

Ruth Henry was never a big fan of the subject of history. But when she decided to home school her three girls in 2003, she knew avoiding it just wasn’t an option.

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Students learn how to save a life

CPR investment rolled out at Sand Creek Middle School

First Niagara invested $10,000 to donate 275 CPR Anytime kits to 20 schools in the Capital Region.

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Totally tech

Elementary students visit TEC-SMART for day of hands-on learning

Kids from area schools took part in an Educational and Interactive Nanotechnology activities day at HVCC’s TEC-SMART Malta Campus on Thursday Oct. 4. From magic sand to polymer worms, they were engaged in activities with an educational component.

Planned Parenthood cleared for return to Shen

Group was banned from sex ed last year, abstinence advocates decry decision

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the board adopted a Comprehensive Sexual Health Curriculum that clears the way for Planned Parenthood representatives to return to the classroom as guest speakers. That was a recommendation returned by the district’s Health Advisory Council.

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Back to school for Shen students [photo gallery]

Students embarked on their first day back to schoolwith filled backpacks and smiles to boot at Karigon Elementary School in the Shenendehowa School District. Shen schools started back on Wednesday, September5.

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Community gathering to benefit Kenya kids

In Kenya, a harambee can be as simple as a community gathering. The name comes from the Swahili word meaning “together pushing forward.” One local group is looking to embody that spirit and help Kenyans at the same time through an event at Village Pizzeria in Middle Grove on Friday, Sept. 7.