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10.15.17 - Editorial: Give charter plan a try

"Education officials have been warning for years of a pending crisis in New York's public schools: finding enough qualified teachers. It's already an emergency for the state's 167 charter schools. Clearly, something has to be done."

"The State University of New York Charter Schools Committee's response last week was to approve an alternative teacher certification process for the charters. While critics argue it will lower standards and create a two-tiered teacher profession in the state, it could have the opposite effect, opening the door to some outstanding educators who might have otherwise been unable to break into teaching because of the state's rigorous certification process."

Read the full Times Union Editorial here

10.11.17 - New York Charter Schools Win Plan to Certify Teachers

"Some New York City charter schools can seek to certify their own teachers, under a plan approved Wednesday by a state body that oversees most of New York’s charters."

Raymond Rivera, founder of Family Life Academy Charter Schools in the South Bronx and supporter of the new plan, said he wants more freedom from bureaucracy to train his staff. He emphasized that charters can be closed easily for poor performance so that there is no incentive to have unqualified faculty. “Why would anyone in their right mind lower standards?” he asked.

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here (subscription required)

10.09.17 - Altice Blazes Trail With Hispanic Subs

"Altice USA has been both a trailblazer and a visionary in providing the local and national Hispanic community access to Spanish-language news and entertainment, as well as providing innovative packaging of video and high-speed-data products."

"The award will be presented during the luncheon awards ceremony scheduled from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., at the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, to be held on Oct. 19 at the Sheraton New York Hotel."

Read the full Multichannel News article here

10.08.17 - Controversial New York Charter-School Proposal is Overhauled

"A state body that oversees New York charter schools has overhauled a proposal to let some charters certify their own teachers, after fierce opposition from critics who said it watered down standards."

"A new draft beefs up requirements for training these prospective teachers, just days before the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to approve it Wednesday."

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here (subscription required)

10.06.17 - Elon Musk to Puerto Rico: My Tesla solar panels can help you

"Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla which owns SolarCity, is offering to help Puerto Rico restore its power grid with his solar-powered batteries and panels."

"That could mean solar roof panels that are planned to be manufactured at the sprawling RiverBend factory in South Buffalo could play a critical role in helping the U.S. territory that was devastated by Hurricane Maria."

"The possibility rose Thursday when Scott Stapf of consulting firm The Hastings Group posed a question on Twitter, according to a report in Fortune magazine."

"Musk responded."

Read the full Buffalo News article here

10.03.17 - Con Edison plans for limited natural gas pipelines in future

"New York's largest utility wants state approval to create new programs to deal with rising demand for natural gas in New York City and the state's rejection of permits for new natural gas pipelines."

"Con Edison wants to grow its incentives for customers to invest in gas efficiency upgrades, create a demand response program to reduce usage of natural gas on the coldest winter days, explore the benefits of technologies like geothermal heating and solicit "non-pipeline" solutions from the market, according to a plan filed with the Public Service Commission."

Read the full POLITICO New York article here

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