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US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

The Obama administration is telling public schools that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

  • New round of standardized testing begins

    Students have finished up the first round of English Language Arts testing for this year's state assessment tests. Districts are hoping for a lower number of opt outs this year as nearly 20 percent of eligible students statewide chose not to take the test last year.

  • Politics the day's lesson as Cohoes High prepares for Hillary Clinton

    A little more than 500 students attend Cohoes High School. Hillary Clinton is all any of them could talk about on Monday from whether or not she will win, to what they hope she will discuss, to how they got so lucky to host a presidential candidate.

  • New York expands Master Teacher program

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is expanding a program designed to keep top teachers in the classroom.

  • High school senior well on her way to becoming a leader

    History could be made if the nation elects its first female president. A lot of the talk now centers on women and leadership.

  • Students advocate for special education funding

    Students and educators from 11 specialized schools in New York that cater to deaf, blind and physically challenged students came to Albany on Tuesday. They're looking for more equitable funding compared to the state's public schools. These schools, called 4201s, are looking for more funds to increase programs and improve their facilities. For students, they just want more opportunities to live their lives to the fullest.

  • Katerina Maylock, with Capitals Educators, works with a student as she teaches a test preparation class at Holton Arms School, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 in Bethesda. High-stakes testing sees lower importance among colleges

    Common Core in New York State is being revamped. It’s thanks in part to an outcry from parents and teachers who are sensitive to high-stakes testing. Now, attention is being focused on college admissions exams. Next month, the newly revised SAT comes out. However, not all colleges are relying on the test anymore.

  • NY senator calls for "50-hour learning week"

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of New York state senators is pushing for a big investment in after-school programs and all-day kindergarten to create what they're calling a "50-hour learning week" for students.

  • People gather for Charter School Advocacy Day at the Empire State Plaza. Charter school advocates rally for equal funding

    New York's education chief says her plans to address a pro-charter school crowd in Albany have nothing to do with any political agenda.

  • Nepal man discusses crusade to help kids overcome adversities

    If you’re not sure about the power of one, this story may convince you. It’s the story of a young man who fought for an education in a place where few people have one.

  • SCCC turns to gaming management to help keep jobs local

    Long before the state Gaming Board awarded casino projects last year, Schenectady County Community College took a gamble and created a new gaming management curriculum to hopefully cash in on providing their students with opportunities not offered locally.