Education & History
8:40 am
Wed March 12, 2014

3 incumbent, 1 new Regents elected

The state legislature replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state’s top educational policy board.  The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators  who voted against all of the candidates  to demonstrate their displeasure with the state’s implementation of the new Common Core.

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Education & History
9:02 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Senate GOP to end boycott of Regents elections, many will vote no

Senate Republicans say they will break a long standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote no over dissatisfaction with the Common Core.  It’s uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be re elected.  

Senate Education Chair John Flanagan says Republican Senators will be attending a joint session of the legislature to appoint board of Regents members to new terms. But he says many GOP members will be voting no.

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Science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel's reports on physics, space, and all things nuclear can be heard across NPR News programs and on NPR.org.

Brumfiel has carried his microphone into ghost villages created by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. He's tracked the journey of highly enriched uranium as it was shipped out of Poland. For a story on how animals drink, he crouched for over an hour and tried to convince his neighbor's cat to lap a bowl of milk. He became a full-time correspondent in March of 2013.

Politics & Elections
3:45 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

A sit-down with Speaker Silver

Legislation & Policy
2:34 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Fate of estate tax provision uncertain in NYS Assembly

Next Wednesday, both houses of the legislature are due to release their one house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Governor Cuomo.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with NYS-PBS's New York Now and public radio stations,  says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax.

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Legislation & Policy
8:58 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Growing unease over Cuomo's tax freeze plan

There’s growing unease over Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze plan. 100 local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, and there are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one house state budgets.

100 local government leaders have now signed a letter opposing the Governor’s tax freeze plan. And the lobby groups for the state’s counties, cities, and school boards are voicing numerous concerns. Tim Kremer is with the State School Boards Association.

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Politics & Elections
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Astorino campaign kicks off in the Bronx

A day after announcing he was running for governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino began his campaign outside the Bronx Surrogate Court House and asked a question that is quickly becoming his slogan; is New York winning or losing?

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Education & History
9:25 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Assembly passes Common Core moratorium

The New York State Assembly passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state’s Common Core learning standards.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students, and teachers. Teachers fear that they will be evaluated on their pupils’ test scores when there wasn’t enough time to prepare and teach the new material.

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