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A kindergartener reminds us of the meaning of the holiday season

Anthony DeLutio, a student in Kim Butler’s kindergarten

(Credit: Coram Elementary School)

This press release from Longwood School District caught our attention this week. With the holiday season in full swing, we were struck by this Coram kindergartener's generosity:

Anthony DeLutio, a student in Kim Butler’s kindergarten class at Coram Elementary School, is thanked by his teacher and Principal Vaughn Denton for his generosity. When Anthony won the Coram Fire Department’s Fire...

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Filler: To call a snow day or not? The school administrator's dilemma

Traffic on Old Country Road in Westbury as

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Long Island’s education leaders know they’re damned if they do call off school before the kids show up, and they’re damned if you don’t.

If they sound the “No School, Let the Celebrations of Children and Wailing of Parents Begin” alarm and call it off, they risk the possibility that by the time the kids actually creep from the bed and peer outside the clouds will have passed by without dropping...

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Dobie: What to make of last week's school bond votes?

Rendering of the new Sewanhaka Central High School.

(Credit: Handout)

What to make of the results from this past week of school bond votes in Nassau County? Two were approved, one rejected. It’s tempting to note simply that the biggest one went down and leave it at that, but that might not be the whole story.

The scorecard: Sewanhaka: Voters rejected a $99.5 million bond referendum, 53-47 percent. Bellmore-Merrick: Voters approved a $49.9 million referendum,...

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Crowley: High school students should think twice before competing in endurance sports

Runners compete near the start of the girls

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Bone health usually isn’t a worry until back or knee problems emerge well into adulthood. And by that time it may be too late to do something about it.

We should start worrying about bone health when the body builds most of its adult bones: early childhood into teenage years. Researchers who study bone health suggest any bone mass gained after peak bone growth, which is around 20 years old...

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Crowley: College admissions season is here. Get ready.

Consider the release of the Common App the

(Credit: Tribune Content Agency / Donna Grethen)

August 1. The date that sends most rising high school seniors flocking to their computers, not to check Twitter or Facebook, but to check out the much anticipated Common App.

Consider its release the pop of the starting gun. All the practice and planning is over; the race to college has begun.

Known as the Common Application, the standardized form used by almost 500 of the nation’s selective...

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Uberti: A sliver lining to Hempstead's embarrassing grade inflation?

Hempstead High School.

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

The latest plot development in the sad, decades-long saga of Hempstead schools shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Carlos Ramirez, the former director of technology who exposed the district’s grade-inflation policy in June, announced Monday that he plans to sue the school system for wrongful termination.

The Hempstead school board voted 3-1 Thursday to fire Ramirez. But officials at the meeting...

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Crowley: Help students focus by starting school later

Experts have suggested that delaying the start of

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During the school year, hitting the snooze button is very appealing to most high school students. The thought of rolling back into bed and catching a few more minutes of sleep crawls into the head of even the most zealous students. And this urge is really not their fault.

Training for cross-country, completing my homework and studying for tests all prevent me from getting to bed by 10. Usually...

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Uberti: Hempstead school board deflects blame for recent gaffes

Hempstead School District Superintendent Susan Johnson speaks at

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

In a functioning district, the school board would at least try to explain the decision-making process that led to institutionalized grade inflation and a typo-ridden summer reading list.

But this wasn’t a functioning school district. This was Hempstead.

About 75 people watched as the board, led by district autocrat Betty Cross, voted 3-1 to fire Carlos Ramirez, the director of technology...

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Crowley: Should high school students spend their summers in college lecture halls?

A Penn State University student walks across campus

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High schoolers from around the world wish an answer to this trite question: What do I want to be when I grow up?

The question is more overwhelming now than ever as many colleges look for students who are less well-rounded and more specialized. The same goes for parents who don’t want to pay for four expensive years of experimentation.

So this shift from well-rounded to angular students...

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Dolman: Mayoral candidates need to talk about education more

File photo of children on a school bus

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The No. 1 issue on the minds of likely voters in New York City’s upcoming elections is not the stop-and-frisk imbroglio. It’s not the tough, elusive struggle for better outcomes in programs for the homeless and mentally ill. It’s not the shockingly sorry status of more than a few city parks. It is education, said a speaker at a Manhattan Institute forum this morning, citing a recent Zogby poll the...

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