New York NOW traveled to one of the most remote parts of the Adirondack Park to tell the story of a rural school district that has been able to stave off closing its doors - by opening them to international students. 

Smaller districts like this one in Newcomb, N.Y. are now pushing for a new law that will allow foreign students to stay longer than the one year currently allowed. 

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Last week, when SUNY's Levin Institute released its report about how New York has fared in the globalization era, the results were pretty much what you might expect: downstate has dominated, upstate hasn't kept pace.

The report detailed that between 1970 and 2000 upstate lost half of its manufacturing jobs. But downstate, globalization brought new wealth, especially in the financial services industry, which is now the single biggest contributor to both state and city tax revenues.

That leaves the lingering question of how New York can bridge the gap between the Wall Street haves, and the upstate have-nots.  

In an attempt to bridge that persistent upstate/downstate divide, SUNY hosted its first of six public forums today at its Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, to examine how New York can stay competitive globally.

Here are five solutions offered by three panelists from business and academia.

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Between classes at Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, hundreds of adolescent boys in shirts and ties are rushing through the halls to get to their next class.

But lately, they’ve been taking a moment to grab a second look at something they don’t see every day.

“During passing period, they’re like, ‘Girl? Girl?’ Like they’re seeing a different species or something!” says Stephanie Newman, a senior at nearby Mt. Mercy Academy.

Newman travels to this all-boys school a few times a week, because they offer something not available at her school - or most other schools, for that matter: bioinformatics.

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A new report out this week highlights how New York State is faring in an increasingly global economy, and it paints a picture of a familiar divide: upstate and downstate.

The report, called New York in the World, was commissioned by the SUNY Levin Institute in Manhattan.

Researchers spent 14 months analyzing data and conducting interviews with people around the state.

They found that globalization has provided a net gain to New York, but its benefits, not surprisingly, have gone primarily to New York City, while upstate areas have lost out, mainly in manufacturing.