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Keeler Show Notes for Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Today we talk Education Reform with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joe Griffo. Also, the Utica Comets are going to the playoffs and we'll drink some craft beer with John Naegele.

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(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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How Bad Are New York’s Schools and Teachers, Really?

There's certainly been a lot of talk in New York State about our failing schools; so, how bad is it really?  The answer might just surprise you, especially after all of the rhetoric coming over the last several months from Governor Andrew Cuomo who is on a mission to fix New York's broken schools.

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(Photo courtesy of SSFC)
(Photo courtesy of SSFC)
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Local Expert Challenges Governor Cuomo on Funding and ‘Failing Schools’ [VIDEO]

The rhetoric has heated up this budget season as New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo attempts to make sweeping changes to public education.  The budget is due by this Tuesday and Cuomo has threatened to hold back a large amount of funding if legislators fail to approve his new policy

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Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
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Brindisi: ‘I Challenge Governor Cuomo to Visit a Utica Classroom’ [AUDIO]

In the face of hearings over whether or not school districts in New York are being provided with adequate resources to provide children with a sound educational system one lawmaker is summoning New York's Governor to get up close and personal with public education.

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Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
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College Leaders Call On State Legislature To Invest In SUNY

Leaders from State University of New York campuses throughout the region were at SUNY Poly today, calling on the state legislature to Invest in SUNY.

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Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer, Pool Photo via Getty Images
Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer, Pool Photo via Getty Images
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Obama to Announce $240 Million in New Pledges for STEM Education

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
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Do You Support Common Core Testing?

Some in New York are calling for passage of the "Common Core Parental Refusal Act," legislation aimed at requiring school districts to notify parents and guardians that they may have their children "opt out" of Common Core testing in grade 3 through 8.

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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New Hartford Among New York’s Top 100 Schools List

The Niche organization has released the list of the Top 100 Public Schools in New York State and New Hartford was one of four schools in the region to make the list.

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Trinh Truing, a Proctor of Utica senior, being interviewed Thursday, March 5th, on First News with Keeler in the Morning on WIBX radio concerning her open letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo on education funding and teacher evaluations.  (Photo by Kristine Bellino / WIBX)
Trinh Truing, a Proctor of Utica senior, being interviewed Thursday, March 5th, on First News with Keeler in the Morning on WIBX radio concerning her open letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo on education funding and teacher evaluations. (Photo by Kristine Bellino / WIBX)
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Utica Student Calls Out Governor Cuomo- ‘Respect Public Education’ [AUDIO] [VIDEO]

A student at Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica has written an open letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo in regards to his recent budget which holds back millions of dollars in aid to New York Schools.

Trinh Truong, a senior at Proctor High, spoke with WIBX's First News with Keeler in the

Morning rece

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Magnet/Drafthouse Films
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Teacher Who Showed ‘The ABCs of Death’ to Her Students Sent to Jail

The internet will never stop arguing about when it is okay to show films with explicit content to children. But, there is one thing that we’re pretty sure everyone can agree on: showing the violent and disturbing The ABCs of Death to five classes of unsuspecting students is an act of irresponsible idiocy on just about every conceivable level. Columbus, Ohio substitute teacher Sheila Kearns was rightfully let go from her job back in 2013 when she screened the film for her substitute Spanish classes, but the courts have handed down an additional punishment: 90 days in jail.

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