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9/11 Fund hands out $100M in Scholarships

by Associated Press
9/11 Tribute in Light
 
A scholarship fund set up for families of 9/11 victims said Wednesday it recently surpassed $100 million in awards handed out since the terrorist attacks.
 
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund said it surpassed the milestone while awarding more than $11 million in the 2013-2014 academic year.

NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers Before Opening

by Associated Press, Jonathan Lemire
Pre-K students

Eden, Janine, and Jim, flickr

Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others.
 
Administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while the majority of sites have been cleared to open, safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned at other centers.

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

New York Releases Half of Statewide Test Questions

by Associated Press
Students taking a test.

Shannan Muskopf, Flickr

New York education officials released half of the state's 2014 standardized math and English test questions on Wednesday, five months after critics first complained that the questions were confusing and loaded with brand name references that looked like product placement.

   The material released by the state Education Department included questions from last spring's tests together with answers and analyses.

Astorino Wants an Anti-Common Core Ballot Line in New York

by Associated Press
Student with teacher.

Shane Global, Flickr

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says critics of New York's new educational standards should be able to voice their concerns by voting on a new ballot line called "Stop Common Core."

   Astorino says Tuesday that petitions are circulating to add the line to the fall ballot. He says the line would let voters know which candidates oppose the standards, which have been criticized by teachers and parents.

New York Education Chief Urges Support for Common Core

by Associated Press
Exam.

Ryan M., Flickr

Education Commissioner John King Jr. is urging New York's business and community leaders to support the Common Core curriculum standards.

   King spoke on the issue Wednesday at an Association for a Better New York forum.

   The Common Core Learning Standards have been adopted by most states. They emphasize critical thinking, reading comprehension and writing.

   The new standards were first pushed by governors concerned about the large number of high school graduates needing remedial college help and lacking basic skills.

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