Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.

Uberti: Possible firing of Hempstead whistle-blower looks suspect

The Hempstead school district has been systematically changing

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

School districts rife with controversy need the sort of honesty displayed by Carlos Ramirez, who exposed Hempstead school district’s grade-inflation policy last month.

But that honesty isn’t sitting well with district administrators. They’ve since gone on the defensive for Hempstead’s decades-old policy of automatically rounding up failing final grades of 63 and 64 to passing marks of 65 for...

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Powell: Farms vs. environmentalists on agricultural chemicals

Long Island farmers say they need the state

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Long Island Farm Bureau told the Newsday editorial board on Monday that the public has misconceptions about pesticides -- starting with their very definition.

Joe Gergela, executive director of the bureau, said in a meeting with the board that even ordinary baking soda and chlorine for pools fall into that category. And he said many pesticides serve the important function of protecting...

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How will the sequester affect you? Long Island institutions respond

Stony Brook University president Dr. Samuel L. Stanley

(Credit: John Dunn)

As Congress leaves town for the weekend, the consequences of its irresponsible budget behavior are starting to take hold.

Let us know how the sequester will affect your institution or community. Please email the details to Thank you.

Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. detailed the consequences in an email to his academic community on Thursday,...

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