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State won't punish for test opt-outs, but feds might

State won't punish for test opt-outs, but feds might

Friday, April 24, 2015
The state Department of Education backed off Friday on threats to punish school districts for the record number of students who refused to take this month’s standardized tests. But the U.S. Department of Education might come up with its own penalties.
 
More Capital Region students opt out of state math tests
SCHENECTADY

More Capital Region students opt out of state math tests

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Even more students refused to take the standardized state math test Wednesday, continuing a wave of parent protests against the tests.
 
SCHENECTADY

Parent says some Schenectady students improperly given test

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Some students in the Schenectady City School District reportedly took the standardized state math test Wednesday even though they should not have because they’re taking another state math test in June.
 
NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna school district rehiring outsourced bus drivers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A short experiment with outsourcing student transportation services through First Student has been a bumpy ride, but with any luck, the rehiring of Niskayuna’s school bus drivers is a sign of a smoother road ahead.
 
FORT PLAIN & CANAJOHARIE

Fort Plain, Canajoharie school districts won’t merge

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The Fort Plain Central School District backed out of merger talks last week with the Canajoharie Central School District.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Area districts join forces to grade all those tests by April 29

Monday, April 20, 2015
About 400 Capital Region teachers are spending the week reading ELA tests, deciding on scores for the written sections of each exam.
 
SCCC recognizes union for part-time instructors
SCHENECTADY

SCCC recognizes union for part-time instructors

Monday, April 20, 2015
With one brief word, Schenectady County Community College recognized the unionization of its adjunct instructors Monday.
 
SCCC program making healthy careers
SCHENECTADY

SCCC program making healthy careers

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Schenectady County Community College is piecing together a career ladder for students who can’t afford to go to college but are searching for a way out of the minimum wage dead-end.
 
Students chase the wind at annual GE challenge
SCHENECTADY

Students chase the wind at annual GE challenge

Saturday, April 18, 2015
About 200 students from 19 schools around the Capital Region competed Saturday in the KidWind Challenge for prizes and a chance to go to the East Coast Regional Championship in Virginia April 25.
 
Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.
 
Rotterdam police pay $360K for breaking boy’s arm
ROTTERDAM

Rotterdam police pay $360K for breaking boy’s arm

Friday, April 17, 2015
A lawsuit stemming from allegations two Rotterdam police officers broke a teenager’s arm while removing him from a school bus in 2013 has resulted in a $360,000 settlement, according to the attorney for the boy’s family.
 
SCHENECTADY

Schenectady school budget includes small tax hike

Thursday, April 16, 2015
School taxes will go up slightly if the proposed Schenectady City School District budget is approved.
 
Flurry of opt-outs push Schenectady school district past threshold
SCHENECTADY

Flurry of opt-outs push Schenectady school district past threshold

Thursday, April 16, 2015
A flood of last-minute opt-outs at two schools in Schenectady have pushed it into the danger zone in terms of required test participation, but the city school district may escape punishment.
 
Schenectady County retired teachers group marks 50 years
SCHENECTADY

Schenectady County retired teachers group marks 50 years

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Schenectady County Retired Teachers Association celebrated its 50th anniversary Wednesday with a luncheon at Schenectady County Community College.
 
SCHENECTADY

Delayed review puts Schenectady school work behind

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Schenectady City School District’s $70 million overhaul of its middle schools hasn’t even begun yet, and it’s already months behind schedule.
 
 

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