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Sag Harbor School Board Approves Field Trip to Cuba

Posted on 29 April 2015

Following rave reviews from a group of students who recently returned from a field trip to Spain, the Sag Harbor Board of Education on Monday, April 27, approved a Pierson High School extracurricular field trip to Cuba.

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Sharp Decline Expected in Bridgehampton School Taxes

Posted on 29 April 2015

Bridgehampton residents can expect to see lower taxes next year, as property assessments in the hamlet are expected to increase significantly, according to preliminary estimates from the Town of Southampton Assessor’s office. Although the number is not finalized, town Assessor Lisa Goree confirmed on Tuesday, April 28, that the Bridgehampton School District’s tax base will see an increase of about $252 million—or nearly $100 million more than in the three years prior.

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Test Refusal Rates Soar Across the East End

Posted on 29 April 2015

For the first time, the New York State Education Department has asked the Board of Cooperative Educational Services to compile data from school districts to learn what percentage of students in the state refused to take its tests in grades three through eight. Parents who opposed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to linked overarching and controversial educational reforms to the state’s budget and the amount set aside for school aid, have voiced their dissent by having their children “refuse the tests,” or not sit for the exams, which cover English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.

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The Addams Family Comes to Sag Harbor Tonight

Posted on 23 April 2015

A man wearing a white fur toga and an Einstein-esque wig is stroking something. Earlier, he was a tree, dancing around with branches alongside a flapper, a Native-American woman, a woman resembling Marie Antoinette, and others, all dressed eerily in white. The man is neither Socrates nor Einstein, but is in fact a “Cave Man Ancestor”—or, in reality, Pierson High School student Nick Knab. He is one of the many unnerving, yet strangely comedic, “ancestors” in “The Addams Family,” the latest theatrical production at Pierson High School.

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Candidates Come Forward for School Board Races in Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton

Posted on 22 April 2015

Voters in Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton will return to the polls next month to cast their ballots for school board candidates and approve or deny districts’ proposed budgets.

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Pierson Vice Principal Headed to Greenport

Posted on 15 April 2015

Pierson Middle/High School vice principal Gary Kalish has accepted a position as secondary school principal in Greenport and will be leaving the Sag Harbor School District at the end of this month.

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Sag Harbor School District Proposes $37.5 Million Budget

Posted on 15 April 2015

With many school districts scrambling for funding to maintain programs and staff, Sag Harbor School District administrators are striving to find ways to save money down the line in their proposed 2015-16 budget.

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Test Refusal Movement Continues to Grow in Sag Harbor

Posted on 15 April 2015

Spring break is traditionally used for some much needed relaxation and time in the sun before the final sprint to the end of the school year, but a group of East End parents, teachers, and community members had a loftier goal for last week’s vacation: Taking back public education.

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Refuse the Test Movement Growing on the East End

Posted on 08 April 2015

A grassroots movement of parents who say the government is taking the creativity out of learning—and doing so in impractical ways that help neither students nor schools—is growing statewide and across the East End, with many parents refusing to let their children sit for the tests the state uses to judge public education.

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New York State Budget’s Education Reforms Draw Criticism

Posted on 01 April 2015

New York’s school districts have watched Albany intently since January, when the Governor Andrew Cuomo promised a $1.1 billion increase in education aid on the condition that the Republican-controlled State Senate and Democratic-led State Assembly agree to his series of education reforms.

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