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Rome student on bullying: 'I feel like I'm not safe'

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Rome student on bullying: 'I feel like I'm not safe'

By KESHIA CLUKEY

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ROME - Sixth-grader Taylor Fulgieri said she has been bullied for two years.

"I've been called names that I cannot repeat and also have been threatened to get jumped and killed," the 11-year-old told the Rome school board Wednesday night. "When I go to school each day I feel like I'm not safe. … I'm very glad the year is...

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Putting the test to the test

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Putting the test to the test

Educators, students approach Common Core exams with trepidation

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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Many students across the state began taking standardized tests this week.

Tom Snizek's fourth-grader was not one of them.

He and his wife decided to opt out their daughter from testing at Myles Elementary School in New Hartford.

His main issue: the new Common...

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Funding cuts hit colleges

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Funding cuts hit colleges

Work study programs, financial aid to be affected

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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Utica College sophomore Chris Murphy relies on his work study job to make ends meet.

The 20-year-old Utican and history major does clerical work for the college's Office of Corporate and Professional Programs three hours every day, making $7.25 an hour.

"It's pretty mu...

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New teacher evaluations costly for school districts

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New teacher evaluations costly for school districts

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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Students aren't the only ones subject to testing. A state mandated evaluation system now puts teachers and principals in the hot seat, but it's about more than just a passing grade.

Legislation passed in the 2013-14 state budget requires districts to have a plan approved by the state education depa...

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Not speaking the same language

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Not speaking the same language

More English language learners, fewer teachers pose major challenges

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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UTICA - Chit Myaing waited in line Tuesday to register her 4-year-old for kindergarten.

Unlike other parents enrolling their children in the Utica City School District, the Karen refugee who arrived here in 2007 needs something more for her son.

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Utica teachers take hit when budgets are tight

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Utica teachers take hit when budgets are tight

Since 2010, about 175 positions have been cut

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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UTICA - Over the course of four years, the Utica City School District has cut about 311 positions - and about 175 of them were teachers.

Continued financial difficulties have left the district with few other options.

"Nobody wants to cut positions or lay ...

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Did the board ignore the law?

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Did the board ignore the law?

* Expert: Budget talks must be public * Board: Staff discussions can be private

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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UTICA - School boards legally can meet in private for several reasons, including matters of security, contract agreements or to discuss pending litigation.

One thing they can't talk about in executive session: The budget.

Yet that's wha...

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Refugee assimilation: Fire kindles concern

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Refugee assimilation: Fire kindles concern

Unfamiliarity with cultural changes could prove dangerous

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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UTICA - Before Lul Mohamed moved to Utica eight years ago, she never had electricity, running water nor a bathroom in her home.

As a Somali refugee, learning to live and cook with modern appliances was a challenge.

"The most difficult was the stove an...

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Charter school gearing up for fall opening

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Charter school gearing up for fall opening

Lease for Holy Trinity school in Utica to be signed soon by science academy

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UTICA - The Mohawk Valley's first charter school has a home.

The next step: hiring staff and enrolling students.

The Utica Academy of Science Charter School will be moving into the Holy Trinity Church's empty parish school building on Lincoln Avenue.

"I feel much better," said...

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34 students in one classroom

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34 students in one classroom?

It's possible if all Utica budget cuts enacted

BY KESHIA CLUKEY

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UTICA - Cuts to teaching positions in the Utica City School District could result in class sizes of up to 34 students.

"It was a balancing act," said district Superintendent Bruce Karam about the proposed 2013-14 budget. "We made cuts in every bargaining unit in order to be fair...

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