09/08/15 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent JULIE LANE PHOTO School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent JULIE LANE PHOTO
School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.

Shelter Island School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik is “cautiously optimistic” about what he’s hearing from Albany about Common Core.

That applies to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s critical statements he’s directed to new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the implementation of standardized student testing. Mr. Cuomo, who had been a vocal supporter of state-mandated tests, has obviously changed his mind after facing a growing chorus of parents and educators across the state protesting the new standards. (more…)

05/14/14 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Student Elizabeth Dunning offered the Board of Education a look at the Intel science project at Monday night’s meeting.

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Student Elizabeth Dunning offered the Board of Education a look at the Intel science project at Monday night’s meeting.

It looks like the Shelter Island Board of Education will be asking voters to support a $1.6 million building bond in the fall. (more…)

03/14/14 5:00pm
TOM HASHAGEN

TOM HASHAGEN

If you were born around 1950, you might remember a very popular children’s television show that ran for a few years called “Ding Dong School.”

It began with the smiling “Miss Frances” who would, bell ringing, lovingly welcome her TV class to school. But there are rarely bells anymore. In fact, the only “ding dongs” in the schools nowadays are in Albany at the State Education Department. The bells are now electronic tones, to which students move every 41 minutes in Pavlovian response. (more…)