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Colonie music programs hit a high note

Despite financial hardship, South Colonie’s music program remains competitive

Both Colonie school districts have been recognized nationally as some of the best communities in the country for music education programs.

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South Colonie budget gets small boost from state

Additional funds will help maintain staffing levels

After the revised state budget was approved, the South Colonie Central School District found itself getting more than it was expecting, but not as much as it needs.

Public space, private business

Guilderland Library's ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ tutoring policy; neighboring libraries see less impact

Private tutors over the past several years have increasingly relied on public libraries as a space to meet up with students, according to some local library directors. How that use has affected libraries appears to vary depending on the amount of space available and the demand for it.

North Colonie school board approves budget

District to see more state money than expected

In a budget season that has had few surprises for this district, it is no surprise that the North Colonie Board of Education has voted to approve a final version of the $101.3 million budget spending plan.

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One in a billion

Siena joins others in shedding light on violence against women

On Valentine’s Day, activists around the world participated in an event called One Billion Rising for Justice, which was created to raise awareness about violence against women. Due to inclement weather, Siena had to reschedule theirs.

South Colonie budget forum sees major turnout

District residents say they fear losing programs and coaches

The cafeteria at Shaker Road Elementary was filled to capacity with district administrators, staff, parents, students and athletes Tuesday, March 25, in support of staff that may be cut due to budget constraints.

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South Colonie mourns teacher

Students pay tribute to Donald Walton by wearing gray and green

A social studies teacher who died earlier this month left an impression on his students that went beyond the classroom lessons.

North Colonie budget plans come in under cap

District to dip slightly into reserves but plans to maintain programs, staffing

North Colonie is set to stay within the tax cap for the 2014-15 school year without making any cuts to staff or programs with a budget projected at $101 million, an increase of $3.2 million from the previous year.

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A core concern

Forum focuses on Common Core problems facing special education

Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Neil Breslin and Assembly members John McDonald and Phil Steck listened to comments from several speakers Tuesday, Feb. 11, discussing how implementation of the Common Core curriculum has exacerbated challenges for students with special needs.

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Opinionated art

Colonie Central students learn how to craft political cartoons

When high school students are tasked with creating political cartoons, the topics they choose to combine range from budget cuts at their school to social issues.

Anxiety in kids a growing concern

Educators say social, academic stresses affecting more young people

With growing pressures at school relating to an increased workload and social media, more children and young adults are suffering from anxiety than ever before.

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Educators demand end of GEA

Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned

The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.

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Schoolhouse Bach

Caryn Lin shows Shaker students how to electrify the violin

Most people would not be able to find a way to get teens interested in classical music, but combining Bach with the technology used to produce modern music may help.

Educators concerned over state funding

Cuomo touts focus on classrooms in speech, GEA absent from remarks

Local school leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have clashed on several issues during his three years in office, with state funding to schools being a major spot of contention. Cuomo’s recent State of the State address left some educators wondering if this year would bring any substantial change.

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Hoping to make an impact

Siena program exposes young people to the growing field of computer science

To spur an interest in the booming computer science industry, especially in women, Siena College created a program for young people that would expose them to the different aspects of the field

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