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Are there big changes coming to college campuses? The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made a landmark decision last week, one that will hit home throughout American academia with ripple effects well beyond the top tier sports...
Earlier this week the most emailed story from the New York Times asked “Why do Americans stink at math?” It’s a worthwhile article, if long. But, in general terms, it’s true: America’s math skills need work. Numbers...
I am the type of person who will: ask if you want a sip of my drink even when there is one straw; comfortably disclose my state of well-being, or ill-being, to anyone at any given time; and generally be solid during social interaction with strangers...
SUNY Potsdam is slated to receive $3 million in capital funding to improve and expand rehearsal spaces in its renowned Crane School of Music, according to a press release from Griffo’s office. Last year, the National Association of Schools of...
If you’ve ever been in desperate need of a job, you’ve probably been a victim of Career Induced Nausea (C.I.N.). This is a term I have coined regarding the phenomenon that occurs after you have been asked, “Where are you interning...


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Aug 26, 2014 — Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.
Aug 23, 2014 — The state has some of the country's most overcrowded — and troubled — prisons. Alabama is also home to a thriving life skills program that prison officials are fighting to save from budget slashes.
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 11, 2014 — The start to the school year in New Orleans offers a landmark moment in U.S. education. For the first time, a major urban school district will operate almost entirely with charter schools.
Aug 3, 2014 — Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.

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They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; she talks with Gregory Warner .
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State police are investigating the death and ask that anyone with information or questions call 518-897-2000

Paul Smiths College student found dead

Officials at Paul Smiths College say a student died on the campus north of Saranac Lake last night. Details remain unclear, but Nicholas Pendl from Allegany New York, was found dead Tuesday evening.

Pendl was a forestry student and also a member of the college's snowshoe racing and marathon canoe racing teams.  Go to full article
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.

Paul Smiths College students collaborate on new art

Canadian artist Aquil Virani is on a mission to empower first year college students to feel confident and comfortable in their adopted campus homes.

Virani is back at Paul Smiths College again this week working on new art that was inspired by input from the college's new students. He helped create a collaborative triptych design last August. This year's community art project will be unveiled this afternoon.

Todd Moe talks with Montreal artist and graphic designer Aquil Virani, founder of the "We Are All Artists" Project, about revealing the artist in everyone and how art can bring people together.  Go to full article
Students in math class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/8081867203/">woodleywonderworks</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Vermont state board opposes standardized testing

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont State Board of Education is taking a stance against the testing policies of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The board is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to amend the act "to reduce testing mandates."  Go to full article
State education commissioner John King at a forum in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used with permission

What do the latest test scores tell us about common core?

Last week, New York state released the results of the latest round of public school testing linked to the Common Core education standards.

The tests were given to...  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police at 12 SUNY colleges to get heroin antidote

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.

State Attorney...  Go to full article
Student using an iPad in class. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctd/6339518618/">Chris Deigan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Voters will decide education bond act this fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion for new technology including iPads in school classrooms. Teachers and school...  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10485077@N06/3799027263/">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY giving $340M to 81 schools, groups for pre-K

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say 81 school districts and community groups are set to receive $340 million to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs for nearly 37,000...  Go to full article
Josh Jones, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, takes a chemistry test at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz

New York gives tuition break to veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state.  Go to full article
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, right, listens Friday as Maureen Sayles of North Country Community College explains the benefits of a new career training program the college is seeking federal funding to create. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Sen. Schumer swings through Adirondacks, pushes tech training grant for NCCC

Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country on Friday, making stops in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Speculator. In Saranac Lake, Schumer said he's pushing for grant...  Go to full article
State eduation commissioner John King fielded hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Progress on Common Core tests, but 2/3 students still fail

The state released the results of last year's Common Core tests yesterday. New York's school children made incremental progress in math scores but no gains in English tests...  Go to full article

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