Library Director Peter Bendon says they host about 200 people daily. On Wednesday’s K&J show, we’ll tour the library. Listen to this preview of that tour.
After more than 11 years, Tupper Lake Resident Steve Fornier says enough is enough and takes the Tupper Lake Board to task.. He wants his Balsam Street issue corrected.
Councilman Ron Keough says Harrietstown is actively pursuing and encouraging the response to their request for restaurant proposals. The deadline is April 24th
The Saranac Lake Village Board votes on a Resolution supporting the Skate Park Committee’s efforts to recruit new members and initiate new fundraising appeals.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast they say, but what about a premature baby? CBS News Correspondent Sam Litzinger has the answer.
As standardized testing of third- through eighth-graders on English and math begins in New York’s public schools today, parents and school boards are speaking out about the Common Core standards and what they see as an over-emphasis on testing.
The Saratoga School Board voted to tell the state education commissioner the tests negatively affect students – and parents on Long Island are opting to exempt their children from the testing. The head of the state teachers union, Dick Iannuzzi, says students are going to be tested on material they haven’t been taught yet. He said polling commissioned by his union showed 91 percent of parents say students have not had enough time to work with the Common Core learning standards.
“Parents are upset. They really do not want their children being put in a position where they’re being assessed on material that simply has not been presented to them.”
The Department of Education said the assessments are designed to improve classroom instruction and get better results in the graduation rate and college and career readiness.
State Education Commissioner John King said in a video for parents on his department’s website that students living in poverty and English language learners are not achieving at the same level as their peers.
“The Common Core state standards are the answer to this problem. The standards are higher, the standards are fewer and the standards are deeper.”
Iannuzzi said the Education Department has acknowledged that scores will drop – perhaps as much as 30 percent. He does not want them used to promote students, choose students for gifted-and-talented classes, or to receive remedial services.
“No teacher would give a test where they know that students are not going to be in a position to succeed. And no parent would want a teacher to do that. And certainly no child would want to begin a test knowing that they are not expected to do well.”
Iannuzzi also does not want teachers’ performances evaluated on these test results.
“My members will have at least part of their end-of-the-year evaluation based on a score that will be meaningless in terms of reflecting their efforts in their classrooms and the growth of the children in front of them.”
He added, “The State Education Department listens very carefully, but doesn’t hear anything you say.”
Franklin County Legislators Wednesday evening met with the public twice. First in Saranac Lake and again in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun weighs in on a possible outcome.
Essex County ratchets up its marketing efforts. The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and local legislators join ROOST in a marketing partnership.
Adirondack Health President Chandler Ralph and Medical Director Dr John Broderick speak with us about a vision for Emergency Health Care in Lake Placid.
Eric Homeland, a teacher at Paul Smith’s College says Lake Flower and 2nd Pond may not be covered by Stewards defending from Invasive Species..
A School Board Resolution against high stakes testing is headed to Governor Cuomo asking the State to “de-emphasize” testing in our schools and to re-examine Assessment.
The Saranac Lake Free Library is heading into National Library Week.. Peter Benson is the Library’s Director.. He says one of those services includes the advancement of digital technology and free wireless access to the internet.. We spoke with him following their presentation to the Saranac Lake School Board.
The Library Board is heading into high gear as their fiscal year comes to an end and they begin to look forward to the upcoming budget votes in the village.. The library’s funding is derived from two major sources – one of which is the membership fund drive, We spoke with Diane and Peter following a short budget presentation to the Saranac Lake School Board which represents the library’s second major source of funds.. The Library spends about $300,000 annually. 45 to 47 percent of that budget comes from the line item in the Saranac Lake Central School Budget..