The state is losing it’s education commissioner, as John King takes a job with the Obama Administration. King was in charge of school policies during a tumultuous time, and he admits there are things he might have done better.
King is leaving after five and half years to become assistant US education secretary under Arne Duncan. In an interview with public radio and TV, He says he hopes his legacy in New York will be his intense focus on getting the Common Core learning standards push started in the state.
Governor Cuomo has written a letter to state education officials, saying he wants answers on why 99% of teachers scored highly on the most recent evaluations, while other data shows two thirds of school children performing below acceptable levels in math and English.
Next week, an Assembly Committee will hold a hearing on improving access to financial aid for college students. One of the issues will be better access for part time community college students, who are the fastest growing group of students.
We sit down with two biographers of two of the most acclaimed governors in our state's history.
First up, Casey Seiler interviews Richard Norton Smith, whose exhaustive biography on Nelson Rockefeller just hit bookstores. Smith spent the better part of the last 14 years writing 'On His Own Terms.'
The state’s Education Conference Board says now that the economy is improving and the state has a multi billion dollar surplus, it’s time to end years of what they say is under spending on New York’s schools.
The board is made up of the state’s teachers, school boards, superintendents and the PTA, among others. They agree that school spending must increase significantly in the New Year. Chairman John Yagielski says the groups want $1.9 billion additional dollars for the 2015-16 school year.