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Education will be a big issue in 2015, with lines already drawn between teachers at public schools, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the charter school movement.

Before the New Year even began, the state’s largest teachers union was already making its displeasure with Governor Andrew Cuomo known, by protesting outside the governor’s mansion.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee says teachers are angry over what they see as Governor Cuomo’s increasingly negative view of their union, and the public education system in general. 

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A Buffalo charter school leader has created several mobile apps that aim to break down roadblocks for low-income and first generation college bound students. The apps help students find the best college for their career goals and financial situation.

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Last week, board members of the Corning-Painted Post School District voted to step out on its own. Starting next year, the district will no longer be using the state designed curriculum.

Michael Ginalski, Superintendent of the Corning-Painted Post School District, says the roll-out of Common Core was flawed from the beginning.

“What we were trying to do was change the tire on a car while the car was still running with this initiative.”

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In his 2014 agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving college scholarships to high school students as a way to boost study of science, technology engineering and math, or STEM.

But some educators say a scholarship may not be the best way to get more kids involved in these subjects.

Cuomo’s idea is to give a free ride at SUNY schools for students who are in the top 10 percent of their class and study STEM. The catch is they have to stay and work in New York for five years after they graduate.

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SUNY Buffalo State College officially opened its state-of-the-art Technology Building on Thursday. The facility cost $36.5 million and was paid for through the SUNY Construction Fund.

The new building is 35% more energy efficient than another facility of the same size and build. It is equipped with PV solar panels that produce 50 kilowatts of electricity, as well as a lower roof with vegetation that helps reduce storm water runoff, and aids heating and cooling.

The building is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Gold certified by the United States Green Building Council.

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