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Union College sanctions fraternity over hazing

SCHENECTADY

Union College sanctions fraternity over hazing

Union College has sanctioned a campus fraternity after finding it responsible for hazing and other charges, the college said in a statement Thursday.

Maritime Center in Alplaus the 'perfect spot' for rowers

ALPLAUS

Maritime Center in Alplaus the 'perfect spot' for rowers

Within the next few months, the Capital Region Maritime Center is expected to have new ownership and serve as a community rowing center.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Schenectady County school districts near final budgets

Three Schenectady County school districts are moving forward with budgets they plan to take to voters next month — and none are considering busting their low tax caps.

Proposed Schenectady school budget adds teachers, cuts tax levy

SCHENECTADY

Proposed Schenectady school budget adds teachers, cuts tax levy

A proposed city school budget topping $200 million would add about a dozen classroom teachers, create district office positions and expand professional and curriculum development.

Capital Region's rural schools lagging in state aid

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region's rural schools lagging in state aid

Rural school districts saw the smallest increases in state aid in the state budget passed last week — even as many suburban and city districts saw increases of 10 percent or more.

Many Capital Region districts seeing more students take state tests

CAPITAL REGION

Many Capital Region districts seeing more students take state tests

Many districts saw the percentage of students refusing to participate in state tests tick down on Tuesday, even as a handful of districts saw opt out rates continue to climb, according to reports from district officials.

ROTTERDAM

Schalmont investigating social media posts

A weekend investigation into a Schalmont student’s “concerning” social media posts is ongoing, district officials said in a letter posted to the district’s website

Opt-out sentiment remains strong among parents

CAPITAL REGION

Opt-out sentiment remains strong among parents

Many parents who refused to allow their kids to take annual state assessments last year have not been convinced to change course — even as state officials have shifted toward a rethink of standards, tests and teacher evaluations.

McCarthy seeks ‘fair share’ from non-profits

SCHENECTADY

McCarthy seeks ‘fair share’ from non-profits

Union College isn’t the only non-profit in Schenectady that Mayor Gary McCarthy would like to see financially contribute more to city operations.

CAPITAL REGION

Many colleges balk at making tax payments

While Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy’s request for Union College to kick in more money to the city is far from unheard of, many colleges in the region haven’t embraced voluntary tax payments either.

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady officials say costs of fire, police responses add up

There were more than 400 fire and police calls to Union College’s main campus and off-campus properties in 2015.

School districts pleased with education boost

CAPITAL REGION

School districts pleased with education boost

The next step for school district administrators across the state: finish their districts’ budgets.

ALBANY

Education commissioner upholds Albany school vote

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on Friday upheld the February bond vote to rebuild Albany High School, despite opponents saying the voting was flawed.

ALBANY

Lawmakers consider aid boost for Schenectady schools

Schenectady City schools could see a nearly 10 percent increase in foundation aid next year.

CAPITAL REGION

Budget deal eliminates GEA; other aid for schools unclear

Suburban school districts will benefit from the full restoration of budget claw-backs used to cover state deficits in past years, but it remained unclear late Thursday night how much districts would receive in other aid.

CAPITOL

Education groups urge lawmakers to resist receivership language

New York’s teachers union and a legal advocacy group urged lawmakers on Thursday to resist budget language the groups said would force 70 schools back into receivership — including Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady.

Students at forefront of reopened Schenectady pharmacy

SCHENECTADY

Students at forefront of reopened Schenectady pharmacy

Hometown Health Centers has an on-site pharmacy again, offering its patients and area residents a low-cost option for getting their medications that was lost when the previous pharmacy pulled out a year ago.

RPI students fear loss of control over Rensselaer Student Union

TROY

RPI students fear loss of control over Rensselaer Student Union

Hundreds of students gathered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday to protest what they feel is the school’s takeover of the Rensselaer Student Union and the threat to its autonomy.

SCCC students raise concerns over schedule changes

SCHENECTADY

SCCC students raise concerns over schedule changes

Art D’Isabel goes to class at Schenectady County Community College Monday through Thursday, working toward a paralegal degree, and works as a property manager on Fridays.

Schenectady schools ramp up redistricting transition

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady schools ramp up redistricting transition

Schenectady City School District is deep in the throes of implementing the redistricting shuffle that has been in the works for more than two years. Last week the district mailed thousands of letters to school parents explicitly spelling out where their child will be attending school in the fall.

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