06/06/17 10:21am
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Since its inception in 2010, the Common Core Standards Initiative has met with scrutiny and often disdain from parents and educators across the country.

The system of standardized tests and its connection to teacher evaluation has been labeled such a failure by some that the headline of a December 2015 New York Daily News article on changes to the program dubbed it “Common Corpse.” (more…)

01/11/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Superintendent of Schools Leonard Skuggevik presented the Board of Education with a progress report on meeting goals for the 2015-16 school year.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Superintendent of Schools Leonard Skuggevik .

The closer you are to students will determine your ability to make the best decisions about their education.

That’s the way Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik sees it and why he’s inclined to agree with his predecessor, Michael Hynes, who has called for dissolution of the United State Department of Education.

Mr. Hynes made his thoughts clear in December, writing that federal initiatives through the years — from “No Child Left Behind,” “Race to the Top” and the soon to be implemented “Every Student Succeeds Act” — fail to improve education. (more…)

05/15/14 11:55am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Proud cheer squad Coach Katherine Garrison with, from left, Zoe Bolton, Emily Hyatt, Colibri Lopez, Libby Liszanckie, Brianna Kimmelmann, Elizabeth Dunning and Taylor Sherman.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |
Proud cheer squad Coach Katherine Garrison with, from left, Zoe Bolton, Emily Hyatt, Colibri Lopez, Libby Liszanckie, Brianna Kimmelmann, Elizabeth Dunning and Taylor Sherman.

Is cheerleading a sport?

That debate has raged in the greater sports community for decades. (more…)

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05/08/14 5:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island High School cheerleaders with the varsity boys basketball team during this year's historic season season.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island High School cheerleaders with the varsity boys basketball team during this year’s historic season.

It started five years ago.

The New York State Board of Regents had reached a milestone: there was a proposal before them on declaring cheerleading an interscholastic sport. Although it gained the support of many organizations right off the bat, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, it took years to get a final unanimous vote — 17-0 — from the Regents last month. (more…)