Higher Ed

Higher education stories from across upstate New York.

Buffalo Public School students are being encouraged to consider future careers in STEM.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says higher education continues collaborating with the local school community. 

Hundreds of teachers rally in Albany

Mar 3, 2015

Hundreds of teachers are rallied at the State Capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda.

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Results are in for the first year of New York’s new replacement for the GED. The new test aims to lower costs and gradually phases in national Common Core standards.

New York replaced the GED because the test’s price tag was set to double this year. The new test gives students the same credentials – the equivalent of a high school diploma. Statewide pass rates are down by four percent after the switch, compared to 2012. The number of test-takers also fell by half.


Earlier this month, President Obama said he wants to give all students, regardless of income, two free years of community college.

“Right here, right now, I’m going to announce one of my most important State of the Union proposals,” he said in a speech at Pellissippi State Community College on January 9, “And that’s helping every American afford a higher education.”

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Hundreds of school children, parents and union organizers and leaders came to the Capitol to rally for more money for New York’s schools. The event was part of what’s become known as the Moral Monday movement.