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Community frustrated over Wells College sudden closure; enrollment and financial viability was in decline for years

Grant win for Wells College means water plant improvements can happen without tax implication
Fallout continues in the small community of Aurora, as well as others in Cayuga County, after the sudden closure announcement of Wells College. The small institution, which has served as a pillar in the community ... more
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State education commissioner rules ousted books can stay in Clyde-Savannah school library

State education commissioner rules ousted books can stay in Clyde-Savannah school library
New York State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa has rejected an appeal to remove certain books from Clyde-Savannah Junior-Senior High School's library, affirming the local school board’s decision to keep them. According to the Finger Lakes ... more
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Wells College shutting down: Officials say financial hurdles were too great

Wells College shutting down: Officials say financial hurdles were too great
In a significant announcement, Wells College has announced its upcoming closure at the end of this academic semester, citing financial struggles. The esteemed institution, which has been an integral part of the community since 1868, ... more
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What does universal access to FAFSA program in NY mean for students?

Financial aid: FAFSA completion rate in New York still 5% below pre-pandemic levels
New York's 2025 budget creates universal access to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program. School districts statewide will have the resources to help high schoolers complete the application. Those who do not fill ... more
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New legislation requires antisemitism monitors at federally funded colleges

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On Friday, bipartisan New York representatives Ritchie Torres (D) and Mike Lawler (R) introduced the COLUMBIA Act, legislation mandating antisemitism monitors at colleges and universities receiving federal funds. The move, influenced by escalating antisemitism on ... more
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Hochul advances ‘Back to Basics’ reading initiative in New York

Hochul advances 'Back to Basics' reading initiative in New York
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the 'Back to Basics' legislation during her visit to the Albany School of Humanities, which aims to revolutionize reading instruction in New York State schools. Signed into law ... more
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Seven candidates on the ballot for Waterloo school board

Waterloo High School appoints new assistant principal
Seven candidates have officially entered the race for three available seats on the Waterloo Board of Education, as confirmed by the filing deadline on Monday. The election, set for May 21, will determine who will ... more
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Cornell University takes disciplinary action against students tent protesting over Gaza

Cornell University takes disciplinary action against students tent protesting over Gaza
Cornell University took disciplinary action against students and faculty involved in an unauthorized tent protest on the Arts Quad, as announced by Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina. The protest coincided with President Joe ... more
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Athletic trainers play crucial role in student safety at Victor

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As spring sports season ramps up, athletic trainers (ATs) are becoming an increasingly vital presence at practice sessions and games, focusing on the safety of student athletes. In a partnership established years ago between Rochester ... more
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Cornell reinstates standardized testing requirement for admissions

Cornell AgriTech to receive state funding, resources as newly-certified NYSTAR Business Incubator
Cornell University announced on Monday that it will reinstate the standardized testing requirement for undergraduate applicants starting in 2026, following an evaluation by a university task force. This decision aligns Cornell with several other Ivy ... more
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Cornell students vote to divest from weapons manufacturers in historic referendum

Cornell students vote to divest from weapons manufacturers in historic referendum
Cornell University students recently passed a significant referendum calling for a permanent ceasefire and divestment from companies involved in the alleged genocide against Palestinians. This vote marks the first such initiative by the undergraduate Student ... more
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Cayuga Community College welcomes two new trustees with strong educational backgrounds

SUNY Chancellor Visits Cayuga Community College
Cayuga Community College recently added two prominent local education leaders to its Board of Trustees. Cayuga County District 8 Legislator Heidi Nightengale and Auburn Enlarged City School District Superintendent Jeffrey Pirozzolo were formally sworn in ... more
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Cornell launches advanced effort to study methane emissions from cows

Weather, debt, milk prices all factors in farmer’s mental health
Cornell University revealed new specialized chambers on Monday designed to measure methane and other gases emitted by cows, marking a significant advancement in agricultural sustainability research. These climate-controlled animal respiration stalls, unique in the U.S., ... more
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Southern Cayuga decides against adopting ‘Cougars’ as new nickname because of ‘negative connotation’

Southern Cayuga decides against adopting ‘Cougars’ as new nickname because of ‘negative connotation’
The Southern Cayuga Central School District has decided against adopting "Cougars" as its new nickname, despite its popularity in a previous community vote, and will start the selection process over. The Citizen reports the decision ... more
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Waterloo school board sets tentative budget with tax increase

Waterloo schools seeing more cases of COVID-19, but will continue with in-person learning model
The Waterloo School Board unanimously approved a tentative $49.8 million budget for the 2024-25 school year on Monday, maintaining the same level of spending as the current year. Despite no overall increase in spending, the ... more
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Trumansburg schools will cut staff due to enrollment declines, state aid reduction

Trumansburg schools will cut staff due to enrollment declines, state aid reduction
Trumansburg Central School District has confirmed plans to reduce its workforce, eliminating seven teaching positions and nine other full-time roles due to financial constraints. The district faces challenges from declining enrollment and anticipated cuts in ... more
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State’s education budget leaves key questions unanswered for school districts across NY

Four candidates on the ballot for Waterloo school board
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a conceptual budget agreement on Monday, committing a historic $36 billion to education but leaving significant uncertainty in the K-12 funding formula. The proposal omitted changes to the "Hold Harmless" provision ... more
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Finger Lakes Community College unveils long-term plan

FLCC celebrates opening of $7.2M Sands Family Center for Allied Health at main campus
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors received an overview of the future plans for Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) during their meeting on March 28. The comprehensive facilities master plan, presented by County Planner Tom ... more
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Corning-Painted Post schools announces upcoming budget proposal

Corning-Painted Post schools announces upcoming budget proposal
The Corning-Painted Post Area School District is set to present its 2024-2025 budget proposal on Wednesday, April 17. The unveiling will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education building located at 165 ... more
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