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Weekend in review

Feb 23, 2015 7:50 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Feb. 20 through Mon., Feb. 23

Joseph Spector is reporting at Politics on the Hudson the Greenville Central School District in Greene County is one of 20 upstate school districts that have agreed to new policies for immigrant students enrolling in classes, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thu., Feb. 19. The agreement with Schneiderman and the state Education Department will require Greenville and the other districts to remove inquiries into citizenship and immigration status from their enrollment materials. The districts must develop new procedures to ensure immigrant students are not facing obstacles when they or their parents seek to enroll them in school, Schneiderman said. The agreement followed an investigation that began in October. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled nearly 30 years ago that all children have an equal right to a public school education, regardless of their immigration status.

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John Mason reported in the Register Star educator and former state Senate candidate Brian Howard died Friday at Albany Medical Center, according to a Troy Board of Education member. Howard succumbed to the injuries he sustained after he fell while clearing snow from the roof of his home, Thursday. Howard ran on the Democratic line for the 43rd Senate District seat in 2014, losing to incumbent Kathy Marchione. He served for many years as a teacher and an administrator in the Chatham Central School District. Howard was 65 years old. He leaves behind his wife, Janet, and three children.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail long-time village of Hunter trustee Michael Tancredi will be seeking his seventh, and final, three-year term in the upcoming village elections. His name will appear on the Independent Mountain Party ballot line, March 18. “I think I’m done,” Tancredi told the paper. “I think I have served my community as much as I possibly can, and will let somebody else take over.” He said during his last term he hopes to see a new, larger firehouse built and to get plans for a pedestrian walkway along Schoharie Creek underway.

The Associated Press reported the federal government is predicting trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year during the next two decades. Those derailments could cause more than $4 billion in damage and potentially kill hundreds of people if an accident occurs in a densely populated part of the country. The projection comes from a previously unreported Department of Transportation analysis of a July 2014 study of the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The report took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with crude derailed in West Virginia, sparked a fire and forced the evacuation of hundreds of families. Senior federal officials said the event drives home the need for stronger tank cars, more effective braking systems and other safety improvements.