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The Albany City School District is working to absorb massive layoffs blamed on the pandemic.

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
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More than 200 Albany City School District staffers have lost their jobs due to anticipated school aid reductions.

Albany City Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams
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The Albany City School District, like many other districts in New York, is facing mass layoffs because of a 20 percent reduction in state aid brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Citing an anticipated 20 percent cut to state funding, the Albany City School District is proposing that general education students in grades 7 through 12 shift to fully virtual learning for the upcoming school year. It comes as schools across New York prepare to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic sent schools online in March.

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As school officials scramble to shore up reopening plans, parents across the Northeast are wondering if they'll be sending their children back to school or be keeping them home come September.

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The Albany City School District Board of Education is launching a committee to change the name of Philip J. Schuyler Academy, in light of renewed focus on the major general’s ownership of slaves in the late 1700s.

This year, by executive order, schools across the state are doing a "mail-in" budget.
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Recovering from the societal impact of the pandemic, educators are considering various scenarios for the September opening of the school year.

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New York's school board and budget votes are fast approaching — by mail, because of the pandemic. The Albany City School District joins other districts in making accomodations.

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On Sunday, teachers from across the country are gathering in El Paso, Texas to call for the closure of all federal detention centers housing immigrant children. The Teach In For Freedom event organized by the American Federation of Teachers union features presentations on a number of immigration-related topics.

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Police Chief appointee Eric Hawkins says he'll bring policies and procedures to Albany that worked well in Southfield, Michigan.

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A new poll finds that New Yorkers do not think Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down. And they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump.  

The Albany city school board has formally appointed the district's next superintendent.

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As the City of Albany waits to hear if the state will contribute $12.5 million to close a budget gap, residents are being cautioned to prepare for a tax hike.

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Adam Chaskin is the Executive Director of the Sidney Albert Albany JCC and he joins us now to talk about Camp Courage, which is entering its second year, and is designed to help underprivileged kids from the Albany City School District fighting childhood obesity partake in the JCC’s Summer Camp activities, and also have counselling on nutrition, exercise, etc. to help build a lifetime of good habits.

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Clean water advocates in upstate New York have set their sights on keeping lead out of school drinking water. A coalition of New York public health, environment and healthy schools advocacy groups have banded together as they push state government leaders to take action.

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Citing what he calls a “flawed” referendum process, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has followed through with a threat to petition the state education commissioner to throw out the results of this month's Albany High School renovation re-vote and order the county Board of Elections to conduct a new election.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
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Mounting discontent over the way voting was handled may force officials to hold another re-vote for the plan to rebuild Albany High School.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
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In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A trip back to the drawing board resulted in a reformulated plan to rebuild the existing facility over a staggered number of years at a slightly reduced cost.

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Following the high-profile resignation of Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Albany City School District officials have named an acting superintendent. 

Former City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard
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City of Albany school superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard will resign effective Friday according to a published report.

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
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If voters in the City of Albany agree, students returning to classes at Albany High in the fall will go back to a building that no longer has a leaky roof.

Albany Promise

A community educational task force assembled in 2012 to foster student achievement has released its "2014 Albany Promise Report Card."

America After 3PM

Over the past decade, much progress has been made nationally to increase enrollment in afterschool programs – programs advocates say keep children safe, inspiring them to learn and supporting working families between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.  Vermont and Massachusetts have made the list of Top 10 States for Afterschool, prepared by Washington, D.C.-based After School Alliance.

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Two Albany City School District employees are being let go after allowing a student carrying a loaded gun into school even though he set off a metal detector.