December 17, 2013
NY Regents recommend school aid increase
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Board of Regents subcommittee has voted to recommend a $1.3 billion increase in state aid for New York schools next year, along with fairer funding for high-needs districts and bigger investments in universal pre-kindergarten programs and teacher training.
The recommendations announced Monday are expected to be approved by the full board and sent to the state Legislature.
Also Monday, Education Commissioner John King Jr. and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said they are moving forward on recommendations to improve implementation of the new Common Core learning standards statewide.
The recommendations were made by the Educational Conference Board, a panel made up of parents, school board members, teachers and others. The recommendations include increasing understanding of the Common Core, ensuring adequate funding, and reducing testing time.
Pa. seeks public comments on gas drilling
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comments and holding hearings over oil and gas drilling regulations.
The public comment period opened Saturday. DEP has also scheduled two webinars for Thursday, Dec. 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to present information and answer questions on the proposed regulations.
The regulations implement provisions of the oil and gas legislation known as Act 13, which was passed in 2012.
The public is also invited to submit comments by Feb. 12, 2014. They can be submitted by mail, to the email address RegComments(at)pa.gov, or to the Environmental Quality Board website. A series of public hearings will also begin early in January.
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