Gary Stern, The Journal News

Gary Stern

The Journal News

White Plains, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Gary:

Rethinking Regents exams: These 10 area educators will help change NY graduation standards

At a regional meeting in Harrison in early 2020, many educators said it was past time to consider new ways to measure student achievement. → Read More

NY rules for reviewing private school academics may be approved Monday. Here's how it would work

Critics oppose New York's efforts to enforce a century-old law, saying public school officials should not review private schools' academic offerings. → Read More

'Be unstoppable': Without COVID rules, school feels like school again

Schools must still contend with fallout from the pandemic. But students, parents and educators were relieved to move on without COVID restrictions. → Read More

'Their country is under attack': Two Yonkers teachers return from working with Ukrainian refugees

Two Yonkers teachers with extensive humanitarian experience joined a 15-teacher delegation sent to work with Ukrainian and Polish students in Poland. → Read More

Iona changes its name and graduates from college to university

The jump to university status, indicative of a broader range of academic offerings, will grow Iona's profile and help with recruitment of students. → Read More

Nyack Schools superintendent Eudes Budhai resigns

Budhai arrived with a reputation as a champion of equity for students and staff, so was expected to be a great fit in Nyack. → Read More

NY gubernatorial candidate shares 'dirty words' he doesn't want in sex education classrooms

Republican hopeful Rob Astorino shared a whiteboard of a list of slang words for sex and sexual acts and denounced their teaching in classrooms. → Read More

Bedford parents push for answers on lewd photos of special needs children

The school district said it "took prompt disciplinary actions against the students responsible for the egregious acts at the high school." → Read More

Elmsford superintendent Marc Baiocco to take top post in Clarkstown school district

"It’s a bittersweet thing to leave Elmsford after 13 years ... Now I’m excited to make new relationships in Clarkstown,” said Marc Baiocco. → Read More

Schools react to Texas shooting with promises of support and security

Schools implemented extensive safety measures after the Sandy Hook massacre a decade ago, just as schools did after Columbine in 1999. → Read More

NY cancels Regents exam in U.S. history, content could add to 'trauma' of Buffalo shooting

New York canceled its U.S. History Regents exam, set for June, over content that could 'compound trauma' related to the Buffalo shooting. → Read More

School elections: Fiery rhetoric against equity initiatives mostly fizzles at polls

DEI plans, COVID policies and, more recently, sex and gender education helped feed high turnout in a lot of districts. → Read More

New York high school students who fail Regents exams can appeal for graduation credit

The long-standing "exit exams" were canceled in 2020 and not required in 2021. Now score modifications are being implemented. → Read More

Carmel school board candidate drops out after backlash against racist Facebook posts

Candidate Bobby Palazzo will remain on the ballot but says he won't serve if elected. "They win. I'm done." → Read More

In the wake of student death, Mount Vernon school board quickly names new superintendent

The board said current Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton is on medical leave and will not return. He has been named the next Edgemont superintendent. → Read More

Educators say mental health crisis facing students should be state budget priority

Schools are seeing a worsening mental health crisis among students and staff and want the state to fund counseling and more in all districts. → Read More

NY state would allow private schools to use test scores, more to show academic equivalency

Years-long debate over substantially equivalent education of private schools leads to a proposal by the state Department of Education. → Read More

With mandate lifted, many students go maskless while others choose to wait

In several school districts, about half of students showed up wearing face coverings on the first day that New York allowed masks to be optional. → Read More

With community reeling from raucous school board meeting, Lakeland demands decorum

Police removed three people from a Feb. 10 meeting. A local mall canceled a superintendent's "meet & greet" over concerns about "planned disruptions." → Read More

Class of 2021: Graduation rates inched up as Regents exam requirements eased

Regents exams are set to return this spring, as the state studies how to replace them down the line with multiple assessments of what students know. → Read More