Category Archives: Education

Increase in state aid funding restored to HCSD

The Harrison Central School District’s reduction in state aid has been restored in its entirety despite a missed state deadline to file an annual teacher and principal performance evaluation plan.

School officials were given the formal approval of their evaluations from the state Education Department on Jan. 22, five days after the filing deadline. The state’s decision came after a debate with school district and state officials 15 minutes before the deadline regarding a measure added to the requirements of high school principal evaluations that take the percentage of students admitted into a four-year college into consideration.

Prior to NYSED reversing course, district officials were under the assumption that Harrison would not be eligible for any increase in aid funding this year, unless the department backdates its approval.

This story first appeared in the April 5, 2013 edition of The Harrison Report.

Increase in state aid funding restored to HCSD

The Harrison Central School District’s reduction in state aid has been restored in its entirety despite a missed state deadline to file an annual teacher and principal performance evaluation plan.

School officials were given the formal approval of their evaluations from the state Education Department on Jan. 22, five days after the filing deadline. The state’s decision came after a debate with school district and state officials 15 minutes before the deadline regarding a measure added to the requirements of high school principal evaluations that take the percentage of students admitted into a four-year college into consideration.

First appeared in the April 5, 2013 edition of The Harrison Report

Day Care Subsidy Impacts Westchester

child-care-council-of-westchester-logoLike many single parents in Westchester County, Wendy Urbima, 25, works to provide for her daughter, Priscilla, who is 3 years old. Urbina currently struggles to pay bills and the Sleepy Hollow resident is expecting to pay even more to keep her daughter in day care.

“I might need to leave my job and go on welfare to spend time caring for my daughter,” Urbima said. “I wouldn’t feel safe… no education would be available to provide the social environment she would need for the future.”

Working parents like Urbima who currently receive financial assistance from the county’s Department of Social Services Child Day Care Subsidy Program are expecting to pay more this November, when a 15 percent increase in family contribution costs will go into effect. The childcare subsidies, which were designed to make day care program- ming affordable in Westchester County, now require self-sufficient parents pay almost double what they have in the past based on their weekly income. But according to Executive Director of the Harrison Children Center Debbie Imperia, families in the Town of Harrison that currently earn between $7 and $15 an hour will no longer be eligible for assistance.

This story originally appeared in the Oct. 5, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review

Harrison High School Field Of Honor

Harrison High School Field Of Honor (April 2012)

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Cyberbullying at Stony Brook University

For more than two years, Stony Brook University students have anonymously posted comments on the website CollegeACB.com to talk trash about their peers.

Protected by First Amendment rights, students can post in a multitude of threads, such as “Sluttiest Slutty Sluts of Slutterdam” and “Most socially awkward people on campus.” Not only can students post anonymously, but also, many clearly identify the students they wish to discuss.

This story originally appeared online at cyberbullysbu.com

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