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A skinny-legged high school senior, who described himself as an advanced placement student, was visibly shaken Tuesday night after the East Ramapo School Board's attorney screamed profanities at him outside the administration building.
A heated School Board meeting had just ended at about 8:30 p.m. after members of the board unceremoniously took off early -- yet again -- leaving the...Read more »
East Ramapo School Board President Daniel Schwartz didn't say exactly how officials discovered that they shouldn't be holding interviews for appointments to the School Board behind closed doors, but he did reverse the board's policy Thursday, pre-empting a Newsday story citing critics and a legal opinion questioning the legality of such secrecy.
At 9:32 a.m. Thursday, I emailed Schwartz to...Read more »
Not surprisingly, New York and Texas have had vastly different reponses to securing schools since the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made it a felony to have a gun on a school campus.
In Texas, at least one school is arming employees and teachers. On Wednesday, this resulted in one employee being shot during a gun training, according...Read more »
Parents and administrators from a dozen lower Hudson Valley school districts are aiming to flood Albany with letters about high-stakes testing, the tax cap, teacher evaluations and the loss of local control in school districts.
“Parents have to get involved,” said Tracy Pyper, advocacy chairwoman for the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA and chairwoman of the consortium, said in a news statement....Read more »
Two East Ramapo school board members who recently resigned citing intimidation will be honored by Rockland County Legis. Joseph Meyers Feb. 19.
"They are the unsung heroes of the East Ramapo School District," Meyers told Newsday Thursday.
Meyers, and 20 musicians from Chestnut Ridge Middle School, will recognize the service of Stephen Price and Suzanne Young-Mercer. Both wrote...Read more »
Mahopac High School science teacher Heather McArdle received another national nod for exemplary science teaching in February.
McCardle is one of just 10 semifinalists nationwide for the Shell Science Teaching Award to be presented at the National Science Teachers Association conference in April. If McCardle wins the award, overall she will receive $10,000.
It's not McCardle's first time...Read more »
Students in the Briarcliff Manor School District are learning a new way to solve math problems, called Singapore Math, that is challenging the notion that there is one right way to get the answer to 3 times 3.
Let's consider an example that students at Todd Elementary School worked out Monday.
Consider the question: Cindy, Meghan and Nadine each drank 3/4 of a cup of orange juice. How...Read more »
Yonkers Public Schools students soon will be heading to the mall after school, not to seek out the latest fashions but to participate in a new education model.
In an new partnership between the owners of Ridge Hill shopping center and Yonkers Partners in Education, students can take 10 seminars in as many weeks on management careers in the retail and shopping center industry.
Dubbed...Read more »
Like a lot of other Hudson Valley residents, the staff and students at Trinity Elementary School will be cheering for New Rochelle hero and Baltimore Raven Ray Rice on Sunday night.
Rice is a graduate of Trinity, so the students, faculty and administration all worked together to create a special video message before he plays in the Super Bowl. The video was delivered to Rice via Twitter.
The...Read more »
Two Hudson Valley school districts are among just six statewide that have not submitted teacher and principal evaluation plans to the state Education Department, according to a news release Friday.
School districts have until Thursday to receive state approval for their plans and secure their state school aid increases for 2012-13.
Just six of 691 school districts statewide -- including...Read more »