Local

NY Ed Commish walks out on testing town halls

NY Ed Commish walks out on testing town halls

Some New York parents and teachers who are upset about new tests in public schools, part of the Common Core curriculum, are even more upset by the Education Commissioner’s latest move.

Angry parents loudly confronted State Education Commissioner John King at the first of a series of town hall meetings last Thursday in Poughkeepsie, to which he responded by refusing to attend any more meetings sponsored by the State Parent Teacher Association.

Spokesperson for the Commissioner Tom Dunn says alternatives are being sought.

“We’re going to continue working with the PTA to find an appropriate venue to engage in real, productive dialogue with parents about our students and their education” said Dunn.

Dunn says the forum in Poughkeepsie was “not productive” and that the “disruptions deprived parents of the opportunity to listen, ask questions and offer comments”.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Ithaca airport gets federal money for infrastructure upgrades

airport_ithaca

Over $2.1 million from the federal Department of Transportation is going to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport for infrastructure upgrades.

in Local

Elderly woman hospitalized after rolling car over

firetruck

An elderly woman was rescued Friday after her car crashed into two parked cars and rolled onto its side on College Avenue in Ithaca.

in Local

Cuomo to sign tougher DWI law

cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign an amendment to New York's laws against drunken driving that would turn three DWI-related offenses within 15 years into a felony.

in Local

Ovid woman charged with stealing money from elderly woman in Ithaca

Stacey Courtright

An Ovid woman faces a grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing money from an elderly woman she worked for as a home health aide in the City of Ithaca.

in Local

No new evidence found in 1994 missing person’s case north of Syracuse

crime

Search resumed after new allegations in 1994 missing persons case of Heidi Allen