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07.01.18 - Editorial: Charter a path for teachers

"Education officials have been warning for years that a shortage of teachers is a pending crisis, and it's already an emergency for the state's 167 charter schools. As we have argued here before, something has to be done — and quickly."

"It is true that the alternative teacher certification process proposed by the charters included standards below what's required of traditional public school teachers, who usually spend a full college semester in the classroom under the guidance of an experienced teacher... But it's also true that the very point of charter schools is to encourage outside-the-box thinking and a nimbleness that the traditional education bureaucracy precludes."

"If given the chance, while carefully monitored, charters might find ways to remove barriers for potentially gifted and enthusiastic teachers who might otherwise be unable to break into the profession because of the state's rigorous certification process. The example might even help traditional schools do the same."

"For better and worse, charter schools are one of the ways New York has decided to combat the trap of poverty and failing schools. They deserve an opportunity to experiment, and a chance to succeed."

Read the full Times Union editorial here

06.28.18 - MSG shares soar as Dolan lays groundwork for sale of Knicks

"Late yesterday Dolan announced he was exploring a spin-off that would separate the Knicks and the Rangers from the rest of Madison Square Garden. If Dolan does in fact spin off the Knicks and the Rangers, it would mark the first time the teams haven't been owned by Madison Square Garden. The Garden has controlled the Rangers since the team was founded in 1926, while the Knicks were launched by an MSG president in 1946." 

"Charles Dolan, founder of Cablevision and HBO, acquired the Garden and its teams for $650 million in 1997. He bequeathed them to his son Jim two years later. MSG's market value is now $7 billion and jumped more than 14% today on news that Dolan might be preparing his exit."

Read the full Crain's NY Business article here

06.20.18 - Ticket scalping agreement passes

"Both houses have passed a bill to push back the expiration of the state's ticket scalping law by three years rather than the one, as has become the norm over the past decade."

"It also adds some language designed to protect purchasers, including a requirement that resale fees be disclosed and the creation of "paperless tickets" that could only be used by the original purchaser."

"'This gives access to the everyday people,' said state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown), the bill's sponsor with Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell (D-Manhattan). 'I've exhausted a number of different avenues to try to make sure we get this right.'"

Read the entire Politico Pro article here

06.20.18 - Online ticket purchases could become simpler

"The state's 'convoluted' laws regulating ticket purchases for live events could receive a consumer-friendly update from the state Legislature."

"There is a bipartisan agreement between the legislative sponsors in the state's Assembly and Senate to make the process of purchasing tickets for sporting events, concerts and the theater more transparent and easier to navigate. The hope is that consumers will have an easier time obtaining tickets from the venue or make more informed choices in the secondary market."

"The final compromises followed a round-table discussion and months of conversations with venue owners, sports teams, ticket brokers and other interested parties. 'We have literally spent the last year meeting with all the principles,' Murphy said."

Read the full Times Union article here

06.15.18 - ​New York AG approves Centene’s nearly $4 billion purchase of Fidelis

"Centene Corp. can proceed with its $3.75 billion purchase of Fidelis Care after gaining all the necessary regulatory approvals. The New York Attorney General approved the transaction, Centene said Thursday afternoon. The deal is expected to close on July 1."

"'We have been hard at work planning for the seamless integration of Fidelis Care and its members into the Centene network,' Centene's chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff said in a statement."

Read the full St. Louis Post-Dispatch article here

06.12.18 - Success Academy fights to open charter school in Brooklyn building

"About 30 parents, educators and activists took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to call on Mayor de Blasio to make space for a Success Academy Charter school in Brooklyn. Success Academy officials say the city backed out of a deal in June to give Success middle school space in the Public School 25 building in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the network already operates an elementary school."

"City officials attempted to close PS 25 completely for poor enrollment, which would’ve cleared the path for Success to put middle school grades in the building, charter officials said. A lawsuit blocked PS 25’s closure in May, but Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said there’s still room in the building for her school."

"She wants classroom space at PS 25 in order to open middle school grades in the Lafayette Ave. building for a charter school that would be called Success Academy Lafayette Middle School. The plan would not require any more classrooms than the charter is already using in the building."

Read the full NY Daily News article here

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