Protesting tests at the State Capitol

Signs of protest dotted the crowd Saturday at the State Capitol in a protest of standardized tests. 

NYSUT had earlier agreed to allow student performance to be part of an evaluation system for teachers and principals in order for the state to qualify for federal Race to the Top funds. At the same time, the state has implemented tests as part of its adoption of Common Core — a new set of standards and curricula being used nationwide, meant to enrich student learning.

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ALTAMONT — The congressman, in a black overcoat and shiny shoes, bent down to touch a pile of rusty and broken pipes outside the cement-block well house on Gun Club Road. The wind was chill and the gray sky held snow on the first day of spring as a bevy of local officials clustered about Paul Tonko.

Jeffrey Moller, Altamont’s superintendent of public works, wearing a jacket with his name on it and work boots, had gathered the pipes to illustrate for the congressman some of what was underground in the village.

Farmers gathered in Syracuse last week to sell, to visit, and to celebrate New York's agricultural community at the state's annual farm show.

Legislators will consider a law that could protect delicate local wells and reservoirs from blasting as Tennessee Gas Pipeline prepares to expand its supply pipes.