06/09/17 10:00am
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Common Core.

The name itself had become toxic. It was only a matter of time before New York followed the lead of other states, like Florida, and rebranded the educational standards with a fresh name.

Welcome to “Next Generation Learning Standards.” It doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like Common Core, and doesn’t fit on a posterboard as easily, which is probably how state officials prefer it. (more…)

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…)

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11/16/16 12:14pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A contentious meeting was held at Town Hall yesterday.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO A contentious meeting was held at Town Hall yesterday.

The normal sense of calm, civility and courtesy among Town Board members was broken at the Tuesday work session, replaced by raised voices, accusations and sarcasm.

A resident near the end of the meeting joined in, loudly castigating the board for wasting time and failing to act on important issues. (more…)

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11/08/16 7:00am

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Today is Election Day. All registered voters can cast their ballots at the Shelter Island School gym from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There is only one local, contested race today, a seat on the Town Board between incumbent Democrat Mary Dudley and Republican challenger Amber Brach-Williams. (more…)

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11/04/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Polls are open Tuesday, November 8 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shelter Island School.

COURTESY PHOTO Polls are open Tuesday, November 8 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shelter Island School.

Just a few months ago it seemed the local election season on Shelter Island would be a quiet one. There is only one contested race, a seat on the Town Board between incumbent Democrat Mary Dudley and Republican challenger Amber Brach-Williams.

Both candidates, in their campaigns and at two public forums where they met face-to-face, were respectful and courteous to each other and engaged in a serious discussion of the issues.

But then the hyper-partisanship, personal attacks and vitriol of the presidential campaign seemed to seep into the Island’s quiet political life. (more…)