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NY charter movement vies for dominance with teachers unions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - For decades, teachers unions and their influence over education policy were largely unchallenged, using their political muscle and deep pockets to support elected allies and punish opponents.

  • Schenectady students using peer mediation to solve problems

    At Schenectady High School, students are being trained to be peer mediators. They help other students deal with problems without resorting to violence or bullying.

  • The ribbon is cut on the new Helping Hands Academy Nursery School, as students and dignitaries stand on the new playground. School at home in its new location

    NewsChannel 13 held an education forum last week and highlighted programs that focus on helping students with special needs. Sometimes, those needs call for new surroundings to show special needs kids they are important and not forgotten. Just ask the kids at Helping Hands Academy Nursery School in Clifton Park, who helped officially cut the ribbon on their new school Tuesday.

  • Education Nation forum a big success

    NewsChannel 13 is getting quite a bit of feedback on our education forum Thursday night at SEFCU in Albany. The topic was the impact of Common Core standards on students with learning disabilities. One recurring concern was how to help students with dyslexia.

  • Packed house at NewsChannel 13 Education Nation forum

    Parents, teachers and education advocates converged at SEFCU headquarters in Albany, Thursday for the NewsChannel 13 education forum.

  • Organization trains parents to advocate for child

    The Parent Network of the Capital Region -- an agency that is under the umbrella of the Wildwood Programs is funded by State Ed. They offer over 150 parent training sessions a year. There's also a number of other resources to help parents.

  • Early intervention helping kids succeed later in life

    NewsChannel 13 continues to shine a spotlight on students with special needs and how they're impacted by Common Core, but what we found is that it's important parents get help for their kids-- long before they enter school.

  • Parent of student with special needs weighs in on Common Core

    New York State adopted Common Core in 2010 to the chagrin of many who protested the rollout of the tougher standards but what some people may not know is that those tougher standards apply to students with special needs too.

  • Education Nation forum to focus on Common Core, learning disabilities

    NewsChannel 13 is planning an Education Nation forum. The focus will be on how the Common Core standards affect students with learning disabilities.

  • Championship golfer recalls being bullied at school

    She’s arguably one of the best female golfers, and because she’s a native daughter, Dottie Pepper is much beloved in the area. However, she had a secret that few people knew about. Now, she’s talking about it in the hopes it will helps others – especially kids.

  • New principal ready to take reins of Albany charter school

    She's new to the Capital Region-- but Dr. Tiffani Curtis hasn't had much time to sight see or visit the neighborhood surrounding Henry Johnson Charter School in Albany, where she will serve as the top administrator.