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Cuomo seeks greater student loan protections to address rising debt

With total student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to boost protections for New Yorkers who require financial assistance to pay their way through college. Cuomo released his latest 2018 State of the State proposal Friday aimed at student loan debt. The four-point plan must be reviewed and approved by the state Legislature. The governor's agenda includes... more

Gov. Cuomo proposes measures to fight burden of student debt

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing measures to fight the crushing burden of student loan debt. The Democratic governor says his proposed reforms build on the Excelsior Scholarship, which makes New York's public universities tuition-free for middle class families. Cuomo proposes creating a student loan ombudsman in the state Department of Financial Services to help resolve student complaints, educate borrowers and... more

Cornell researchers awarded $1 million for agricultural product development

A team at Cornell University received a $1 million reward in Tulane University’s Nitrogen Reduction Challenge, an international competition to find solutions to reduce harmful nitrogen runoff from farms to waterways. New Orleans-based Tulane has taken a particular interest in the effects of nitrogen runoff, as excess nitrogen used at farms in the Mississippi River Basin seeps into the river... more

Excelsior Scholarship impact unclear as enrollment fluctuates

Did the Excelsior Scholarship work? Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the program as an effort to ease the cost of higher education in New York State. The program, which officially launched in April, saw a shorter-than-normal window for students to take advantage of it. Some opponents felt that it could cause a flood of enrollment at various state universities and colleges... more

Cayuga Community College gets grant from foundation with Auburn ties

Two foundations, one with a historical connection to Auburn, have contributed $55,000 to a fund that helps Cayuga Community College students, the college announced in a press release Monday. The Heckscher Foundation for Children and the Gerstner Family Foundation each gave funds to CCC’s Student Emergency Grant program. The funds are meant to help students deal with unexpected complications in... more

Cato-Meridian school district’s $5 million capital project passes

Taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s capital project Tuesday night. Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project, with a budget set at $5,470,000, passed by a vote of 95 to 16. He said the district appreciates that community members “recognize the importance of providing for the needs of our students both now and for decades to come.” Work will... more

Trumansburg teacher under investigation for inappropriate relationship with student

Trumansburg teacher under investigation for inappropriate relationship with student
Christine Ibert, an English teacher at Charles. O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg, is currently under investigation by state police after allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with one of her students for at least a year. Ibert, who is in her mid-40s, was put on paid administrative leave on Oct. 6 of this year, according to the minutes of... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating incinerators, campus safety & Geneva’s future (podcast)

A number of hot-button issues will be discussed on a special edition of the Debrief Podcast. After a delay to the taping of the podcast last week, the news broke this weekend that Geneva City Manager Matt Horn would be exiting his post as the highest ranking administrative figure in Geneva. His unexpected exit, and what it means for Geneva... more

STANFORD PERFORMANCE STUDY: Comparing local schools by a different measure

A study from Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis took an alternative a somewhat unique look at academic performance. The study examined standardized test score results – but more-specifically, evaluates the ‘progress’ experienced by each academic year. Simply put: The study asks how much more students know in one grade this year – compared to what the grade before them... more

NY education groups want $2B state aid increase in 2018-19 budget

A coalition of education groups is calling for a $2 billion aid increase in the next state budget. The New York State Educational Conference Board outlined why the hefty aid bump is necessary in a report released Monday. According to the organization, at least $1.5 billion in additional state support will be required to help schools cover the cost of... more

South Seneca, Penn Yan plans for ‘smart’ tech approved by NYS

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the approval of 88 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century. The approved plans, totaling $75.6 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act – a sweeping education technology initiative first proposed by the Governor and overwhelmingly approved by voters. The investments authorized today will modernize... more

Weedsport school district secures funding for prekindergarten program

The Weedsport Central School District is set to get state funding for its prekindergarten services, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Wednesday. Weedsport, which will receive $126,432, is one of 16 school districts approved for funding, according to a press release. The total fund amount, $5 million, is meant for school districts classified as high-needs districts but Weedsport was an exception.... more

Southern Cayuga elementary school principal named superintendent at Alexandria

Principal Chris Clapper is leaving Emily Howland Elementary School by the end of the year to take the top post at another upstate New York school district. Clapper, who has lead the Poplar Ridge school for five years, will be the new superintendent for the Alexandria Central School District. His last day with the Southern Cayuga Central School District will... more

Southern Cayuga’s temporary school resource officer OK’d to possess gun, pepper spray

The Southern Cayuga Central School District’s temporary school resource Officer will possess a firearm and pepper spray. The district’s board of education voted Monday to authorize William “Bill” Hasenjager to carry the weapons as part of his job patrolling the district’s facilities. Superintendent Patrick Jensen said Hasenjager will be substituting for current officer John Nedza, who will soon be undergoing... more

STANFORD PERFORMANCE STUDY: Comparing local schools by a different measure

A study from Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis took an alternative a somewhat unique look at academic performance. The study examined standardized test score results – but more-specifically, evaluates the ‘progress’ experienced by each academic year. Simply put: The study asks how much more students know in one grade this year – compared to what the grade before them... more

NY education groups want $2B state aid increase in 2018-19 budget

A coalition of education groups is calling for a $2 billion aid increase in the next state budget. The New York State Educational Conference Board outlined why the hefty aid bump is necessary in a report released Monday. According to the organization, at least $1.5 billion in additional state support will be required to help schools cover the cost of... more

Weedsport school district secures funding for prekindergarten program

The Weedsport Central School District is set to get state funding for its prekindergarten services, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Wednesday. Weedsport, which will receive $126,432, is one of 16 school districts approved for funding, according to a press release. The total fund amount, $5 million, is meant for school districts classified as high-needs districts but Weedsport was an exception.... more
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