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NY Requires Colleges to Report Crimes to Police

by Associated Press
NYU.

BuLu Chien, Flickr 

New York is requiring colleges and universities to notify police within 24 hours after a violent felony is reported or someone goes missing from university housing.

   The amendment takes effect in January. It strengthens the state law adopted after Suzanne Lyall disappeared from the State University at Albany in 1998 that required schools adopt and implement plans for investigating cases and coordinate with police.

More New York Students Graduate

by Associated Press
Graduating Student.

Penn State Beaver, Flickr 

New York's high school graduation rate improved slightly to 76.4 percent last year, despite the state's adoption of new learning standards.

   Big gaps remained, though, between the rates of white and minority students graduating, and those of students attending high- and low-needs districts.

   State statistics released Thursday show 76.4 percent of students who started high school in 2010 finished in four years, compared to 74.9 percent in the previous class.

New York Teachers Sue Over Test Confidentiality

by Associated Press
Teacher by a chalkboard.

cybrarian77, Flickr 

New York's largest teachers union is suing the state Education Department over what it views as a "gag order" on teachers who score state tests.

   Teachers say they want to point out poorly written questions and ones that don't align with what students have been taught but can't because of confidentiality agreements they have to sign.

9/11 Fund hands out $100M in Scholarships

by Associated Press
9/11 Tribute in Light
 
A scholarship fund set up for families of 9/11 victims said Wednesday it recently surpassed $100 million in awards handed out since the terrorist attacks.
 
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund said it surpassed the milestone while awarding more than $11 million in the 2013-2014 academic year.

NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers Before Opening

by Associated Press, Jonathan Lemire
Pre-K students

Eden, Janine, and Jim, flickr

Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others.
 
Administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while the majority of sites have been cleared to open, safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned at other centers.

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

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