State Education Department releases 2014 Common Core test results; shows slight improvement from 2013
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New York state awards $340 million in Universal Pre-K funds
Eighty-one school districts in New York state will receive $340 million in state funds to pay for full-day Pre-Kindergarten, an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office stated.   read story

Hart’s Local Grocers opens in downtown Rochester
Hart’s Local Grocers, Rochester’s first downtown grocery store in more than a decade, opened Friday. The full-service store is located in the city’s East End, at 10 Winthrop St., and features products from more than 50 local vendors as well as national brands, store officials stated.    read story

Rochester groups protest teacher tenure lawsuit
Rochester parents, teachers and members of The Alliance for Quality Education, Metro Justice and other organizations held a press conference July 30 in protest of a lawsuit filed by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s group, Partnership for Educational Justice; an organization currently challenging teacher tenure in New York.    read story


Financial Aid Options for College
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Commissioner Identifies 354 Reward Schools under the ESEA Flexibility Waiver
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National School Bus Safety week Oct. 20 to Oct. 24
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D.C. National Summit on Non-Violence Aug. 23
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August is National Immunization Month
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Obama's New Plan to Help Young Men of Color Raises Questions
In February 2014, President Barack Obama announced a initiative called "My Brother's Keeper", which was designed to target the economic, employment, and educational opportunity gaps young men of color face as they begin their adult lives.   read story


Ibero names Patricia Cruz new director of Development and Communications
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Bryant and Stratton College will hold “Back to School Bash” Aug. 28
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Denny’s holds event to find homes for New York pets
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SUNY Brockport president announces plan to retire
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Zoning board approves proposal to tear down church
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Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis: Living Between Detroit and Argentina?
The current fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico is largely placed squarely on the shoulders of irresponsible political and economic actors in Puerto Rico itself. The statehooders killed the tax-incentives that kept Puerto Rico economically dependent but afloat as part of their political status strategy.    read story

Puerto Rico: Detroit of the Caribbean
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the grim day Detroit filed a Chapter 9 petition - the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history - and the political and business leaders of New York and other big cities gave a shudder and wondered: Could it happen here?   read story

Mayday to Earth Day
Earth Day needs to be a year-long consideration rather than the one-day PR stunt it has turned into. Rather than making structural adjustments to our economic model and our personal behaviors, Earth Day seems to have become completely non-committal, resulting in feel-good activities such as picking up trash.    read story

I dare you to say the F word…Father!
According to the National Center for Fathering more than 24 million (33%) children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.    read story

The Literary Café and Indian Passion by Javier Moro
This month, the Literary Café got together to discuss the book called Indian Passion (written in 2005), a story in novel form about an interracial marriage between the Maharaja of Kapurtala and the Spanish dancer Anita Delgado.    read story

Republican Leader Run Over by the Grass Roots
With an almost 100 percent string of victories over Tea Party insurgents so far in the 2014 political season, Establishment Republicans looked at the Virginia and South Carolina primaries for more success. Senator Lindsey Graham easily won in South Carolina.    read story
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