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In the News

Media coverage of Albany's public schools
Don't always have time to keep up with the news? You can follow the links below to check out media coverage of Albany's public schools in 2015-16 and in past years.

 

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July

  • Media coverage of the July 21 groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic field at Albany High School included the front page of the Times Union Sports section.

  • The July 17 Times Union included a story about an agreement on federal education funding that included full support for Title I funding for 2015-16. The City School District of Albany could have lost about $2 million of its $4.2 million in Title I funding without the agreement, which was supported by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

  • The Times Union reported July 17 about the State Education Department's official list of 144 "persistently struggling" and "struggling" school statewide, and steps districts must take to avoid losing local control over decisions affecting those schools. The list includes William S. Hackett Middle School ("persistently struggling"), Albany High School ("struggling") and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy ("struggling").

  • The Times Union included photos and a complete listing of the City School District of Albany's locations for free summer meals in its July 6 editions.

  • The July 2 Times Union included a story about the City School District of Albany's plan to lease the former Brigher Choice middle schools to serve students in grades 6-8 for the 2015-16 school year. The schools closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year due to low academic performance.

June

  • The June 26 edition of the weekly Business Review featured an interview with Albany High School parent James Ketterer, whose daughter Molly ranked fifth out of nearly 400 students in the Class of 2015 and is headed to prestigious Barnard College in New York City this fall.

  • The June 26 Times Union included a look at taxpayer-funded middle-school education in Albany in conjunction with the closure of the city's fourth and fifth charter middle schools.

  • CBS6Albany reported June 25 on the last day of classes at the Brighter Choice charter middle schools, the fourth and fifth charter schools to close in Albany due to poor academic performance. The City School District of Albany will operate the schools as West Hill Middle School for one year in 2015-16 while the district's Grade Configuration Steering Committee helps the Board of Education plan for elementary and middle-school enrollment in 2016-17 and beyond.

  • CBS6Albany talked with Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., on June 11 about the City School District of Albany's plans to serve the students and families who will be affected by the closure of the Brighter Choice charter middle schools at the end of June.

  • U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came to Albany School of Humanities on June 8 to advocate for continued federal funding for school meals and summer meals. Check out coverage in the Times Union.

May

  • CBS6Albany reported May 28 about Albany High School teacher Brian Huskie's efforts to establish a scholarship fund through the University at Albany to assist refugee students in affording college.

  • New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited Pine Hills Elementary School on May 27, one day after taking on her new job. Check out coverage in the Times Union.

  • The Times Union reported May 21 on the new state law regarding school receivership, previewing that night's Board of Education discussion on the topic.

  • WTEN/Ch. 10 reported May 20 on the successful vote for Proposition #2, which will bring a new artificial-turf athletic field to Albany High School.

  • WTEN/Ch. 10 reported May 19 on the annual budget vote in Albany, including an interview with Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 recognized Albany High School student Victoria LaVigne as one of its "13 Kids Who Care" on May 11.

April

  • Times Union sports columnist James Allen shared his opinion April 27 about the proposed Albany High School athletic field, which voters will consider May 19 along with the proposed 2015-16 budget and a second tax-free proposition (subscription may be required to read the whole article).

  • The Times Union included the City School District of Albany in a round-up story April 23 following the first day of the 2015 state math exam for students in grades 3-8.

  • The Times Union included Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., in an April 19 follow-up story about the increase in parents locallyo and statewide opting their children out of this year's state ELA exam.

  • The Times Union included the City School District of Albany in an April 15 roundup of families choosing to have their children opt out of the annual state English-language arts exam. Of the 3,854 district students in grades 3-8, 597 opted out on the first day of the ELA exam, about 16 percent. Other local coverage including the district: WNYT/Ch. 13, CBS6Albany, Time Warner Cable News/Ch. 9 and  WTEN/Ch. 10.

  • The Times Union reported April 10 about the closing of two Brighter Choice middle schools at the end of the current school year and the distric'ts plans to serve the returning students and families.

  • The Times Union reported April 2 about the budget-development discussion at the previous night's Board of Education meeting.

  • The April edition of Capital magazine included an article about Albany's failing charter schools, most recently two Brighter Choice middle schools slated to close at the end of the current school year.

March 

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., was one of three local superintendents and 13 statewide to send a letter to Gov. Cuomo urging him to provide fair and equitable funding for high-needs school districts, and to find alternative ways to reach students impacted by poverty. The Times Union reported March 31.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 recognized Albany High School's Ward Dales, director of the school's Theatre Ensemble, as a Top Teacher for the 2014-15 school year March 25.

  • The Times Union, TWC/Ch. 9, WTEN/Ch. 10 and WRGB/Ch 6 each featured stories March 24 about second-graders in Susan Fowler's class at Delaware Community School Skyping with a group of Ugandan orphan boys.

  • The Times Union included Albany High School guidance counselor Karen Moorby in a March 21 story about a local couple who are raising money to help a former Albany High student.

  • The Times Union and WNYT/Ch. 13 featured the Albany High School Robotics Club in their coverage of the March 20 FIRST Robotics Competition at RPI.

  • The March 20 Times Union included coverage of the previous night's Board of Education meeting, focusing on development of the 2015-16 budget proposal.

  • The Times Union featured Albany High School junior Jahari Coleman in its Pine Hills blog March 19. Coleman was one of the top sprinters in Section II and in the state during the indoor track and field season.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported March 19 on Albany School of Humanities' school-banking program in partnership with SEFCU

  • The Times Union reported March 16 about the New York State Board of Regents' decision to reject the full five-year renewal requests by the Brighter Choice boys' and girls' elementary schools and instead give both schools a short-term three-year renewal. The decision reflected both schools' subpar performance in their current charter terms.

  • The Times Union stopped by Albany School of Humanities (ASH) on March 14 as the Albany Marching Falcons prepared to leave for the highly anticipated trip to Ireland to participate in the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 on March 9 spotlighted Albany High School junior Laura Manilenko as one of "13 Kids Who Care" in the Capital Region.

  • The March 9 Times Union included a story about New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's criticism of the finances of the Brighter Choice Charter Miiddle School for Girls, which on March 6 was ordered by the State University of New York to close.

  • The Times Union and WNYT/Ch. 13 reported March 9 about a crumbling exterior wall at Albany High School.

  • The Times Union reported March 7 about the State University of New York Board of Trustees' decision to close the Brighter Choice middle schools for boys and girls at the end of the current school year.

  •  WNYT/Ch. 13 featured the Albany High School Robotics Team on March 6 in a story about their participation in the upcoming New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition.

  • On March 4, the Times Union named Albany High School junior Jahari Coleman the Athlete of the Month for February.

February

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured a story on Feb. 28 about a Selma commemorative event that included musicians from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.

  • The Times Union featured Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., in a Feb. 26 story about The Albany Promise 2014 Report Card release.

  • The Times Union included comments from Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., in a Feb. 26 story about a charter-school-advocacy group calling for the state to take over "Priority Schools" in the 2015-16 school year. "The premise of (a state takeover) is that other folks can do that better," Dr. V told the newspaper. "And I understand that notion. It's a business model, but we are not that kind of business. We are not creating a factory or parts. We are trying to develop human beings."

  • The Times Union published a letter to the editor Feb. 23 from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School sixth-grader Sarah Tierney.

  • The Times Union included Albany High School junior Jahari Coleman in its Feb. 22 coverage of the Section II Division I girls' indoor track and field championships. Coleman won the 55 meters and the 300 meters to help the Lady Falcons to a strong fourth-place team finish.

  • The Times Union covered the Albany High School girls' basketball team's impressive 96-56 win over New York City's Frederick Douglas Academy on Feb. 16. The Lady Falcons finished the regular season 17-2 and aiming for their second Section II Class AA championship in the last three years.

  • TWC/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School senior Jerryangelo Torres as Scholar Athlete of the Week on Feb. 9.

  • A Feb. 7 entry in the Times Union Pine Hills blog, written by journalism students at The College of St. Rose, featured Albany High School students whose artwork was selected for a regional exhibit in February.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured Albany High School senior Cy-Mier Dace on Feb. 3 as its Athlete of the Week.

January

  • TWC/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School seniors Mylah Chandler, Ariel Greer and Cyla Wilson as Scholar Athletes of the Week on Jan. 27.

  • The Jan. 25 Times Union included coverage of the previous day's fund-raiser at the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall to benefit the Albany Marching Falcons' upcoming trip to Ireland.

  • Students from the Automotive Technologies program at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Institute got a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics of Monster Jam at the Times Union Center on Jan. 16. The Times Union published photos of their experience on the front page Jan. 17, with additional photos online.

  • Senior Mylah Chandler had 12 points, 20 rebounds, five blocked shots and three assists Jan. 15 to lead the Albany High School girls' basketball team to a 47-41 victory at rival Catholic Central. Check out coverage of the game in the Times Union.

  • Check out this Jan. 14 WNYT/Ch. 13 story about students from Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Stephen and Harriet Myers MIddle School who have formed a music group to spread a positive message for their peers. They call themselves "Young and Gifted" -- and they are!

  • YNN/Ch. 9 visited Albany School of Humanities (ASH) on Jan. 13 for a story about the school's Blast-Off for Math activities, a precursor to ASH's second annual Math Night on Jan. 15. You also can visit our Photo Gallery for more information about the event.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 covered a fundraiser Jan. 11 at the North Albany American Legion Post to benefit the Albany Marching Falcons, who will travel to Ireland in March.

  • The Times Union covered the second blood drive of the school year Jan. 9 at Albany High School.

  • CBS6Albany interviewed Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Bill Hogan for a Jan. 9 story about the severe impact that the state's gap elimination adjustment has had on the district over the past five years. 

  • City School District of Albany School Lunch Director Lisa Finkenbinder was featured in the Times Union's Jan. 8 coverage of the annual New York School Nutrition Association Regional Seminar in Albany.  

  • Members of the Siena College men's and women's basketball teams, including 2013 Albany High School graduate Emia Willingham-Hurst, visited North Albany Academy on Jan. 5. The Times Union and CBS6Albany provided coverage.

December

  • ESPN Radio/104.5 FM interviewed Albany High School's new football coach, Joey DiPiazza, on Dec. 16.

  • The Times Union reported on Albany High School's new football coach, Joey DiPiazza, in its Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 editions.

November

  • The Nov. 20 Times Union provided coverage of the previous night's district-wide enrollment and grade-configuration presentation at Delaware Community School.

  • The Nov. 19 Times Union included a story about the district's planning process to address growing student enrollment. Visit our From the Superintendent section for additional information.

  • Albany High School senior Mylah Chandler signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play basketball at Division I Colgate University next year. CBS6Albany and YNN/Ch. 9 (video not available online) were there to cover it.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 covered the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities event at the New York State Museum on Nov. 6 at which Albany High School and the City School District of Albany's Special Education Department were recognized for programs that successfully transition students from high school to the workforce. Visit our District News section to read more about the 2014 Youth Transition Award.

  • City School District of Albany Director of ESL and Refugee Services Tom Giglio was among the interview subjects for a Nov. 2 Times Union story about ESL services in area schools.

October

September

  • The Times Union, CBS6Albany and YNN/Ch. 9 provided coverage of the Sept. 28 Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk in Washington Park. The second annual event drew more than 500 participants.

  • The Sept. 25 Times Union included coverage of the Albany Marching Falcons' planned trip to Ireland to perform in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin. You also can visit our District News section to find out how to support the Marching Falcons' fundraising efforts for the trip.

  • The Times Union reported on its website Sept. 19 about the public hearing held the previous night regaridng six charter-school applications.

  • The Sept. 18 Times Union included coverage of the Board of Education's discussions regarding potential plans to renovate Albany High School.

  • The Sept. 17 Times Union featured North Albany Academy in a story about the annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day. YNN/Ch. 9 also reported on "Dads Day" with a visit to Delaware Community School on Sept. 16 (log-in required to view video). You can visit our Facebook page to check out Dads Day photos from Delaware and Eagle Point Elementary School.

  • CBS6Albany reported Sept. 16 on the launch of a statewide initiative to increase student attendance at school. The effort by the New York State Council on Children and Families featured seven students from Delaware Community School and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Tehcnology (TOAST). Visit our District News section to read more.

  • The Sept. 5 Times Union featured first-year Eagle Point Elementary School teacher Christina Hannah in its back-to-school coverage.

  • WTEN/Ch. 10 featured Albany High School on the first day of the 2014-15 school year, highlighting the school's Freshman Falcons First Day to help ninth-graders with the transition to high school.

  • The Sept. 4 Times Union included the City School District of Albany in a regional look at how school districts communicate with families.

August

  • The Times Union featured Eagle Point Elementary School chess prodigy Martha Samadashvili on Aug. 5.

July

  • The front page of the Capital Region section in the July 10 Times Union featured photos of the City School District of Albany's summer meals program, and The Boys and Girls Club of Albany's free summer camp. You can view the photos online among others in the Capital Region photos gallery (photos 27-29 on July 10).

  • The Times Union reported on the City School District of Albany's 2014 Hall of Fame inductees July 9.

  • CBS6Albany featured the City School District of Albany's summer meals program July 7. The program provides free breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years or younger at 12 district schools. Visit our District News section for more information.

  • The July 3 Times Union included a story about teen-agers from across the country spending the week (June 29-July 5) participating in in the Albany Workcamp, a community service project in which the teens worked on minor home repairs and painting projects in the South End. Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School provided a home to the campers during their mission.

  • The July 3 edition of the Times Union including photo coverage of Albany High School's June 29 graduation ceremonies. The newspaper also published additional photos online June 30.

You also can check out media coverage of Albany's public schools in past years at the following links:

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