Strong debate over plan to provide free college to NY prisoners

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Strong debate over plan to provide free college to NY prisoners
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Dr. Gary Olson spoke with Two On Your Side photojournalist Dave Harrington about the plan on Tuesday.

Joseph Spector, Gannett Albany 10:41 p.m. EST February 18, 2014

ALBANY Some state lawmakers Tuesday criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to use public money to fund college for prisoners.

Cuomo has faced opposition to his proposal announced Sunday to spend up to $ 5,000 an inmate to help them achieve a college degree. Cuomo said the program would cut down on recidivism and ultimately lower the roughly $ 60,000 a year it costs to house a prisoner.

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, was among senators Tuesday to announce a petition drive to block the initiative. He and other opponents, including Republican Sen. George Maziarz of Niagara County, said the state shouldn’t be using public money for prisoners at a time when residents are struggling to pay for college education for themselves or their children.

“In a world of finite resources, where we are struggling to find funding for education for our kids, the last thing New York state should be funding is college tui…………… continues on WGRZ-TV

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Enhanced college math study boosting student success
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Florida Keys Community College math instructor Morgan Fry (left) helps student Julie Peterson work through math problems in the college’s student success center. The developmental math class is part of the college’s reinvented curriculum aimed at students who need to catch up before taking college-level math.

BY SEAN KINNEY

Florida Keys Community College student Julie Peterson sat in the Stock Island college’s “student success center” poring over math problems with instructor Morgan Fry.

But this isn’t your traditional talk-and-chalk lecture. Rather, it’s the college’s Island TIME (Transition Into Math Excellence) program, a relatively new self-paced, technology-assisted method of instruction that pass-rate figures show is helping students achieve their education goals.

Peterson, 20, is from Big Pine Key and wants to earn an associate’s degree in marine environmental technology.

Before she can move on to intermediate and then college algebra for her intended degree track, she has to score a 70 percent or better in the first and second section of developmental math.

“I started a month ago and now I’m in Math 2,” she said, adding that the My Math Lab software that drives Island TIME “is really easy to use.”

If Peterson keeps up her pace, she’ll fi…………… continues on KeysNet

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