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posticon New Roots Charter School Announces $200,000 Gift

Around Town | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Sherrie Negrea Print
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An anonymous donor has pledged $200,000 to New Roots Charter School to help it address the fiscal and enrollment issues that led the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee to place the high school on probation in December.  News of the school's financial status has inspired an outpouring of community support, including the pledge of the local anonymous donor that will support school operations through the 2020-2021 school year.

"This incredible, inspiring and unexpected gift was made by a donor who wants our school to thrive as a resource to young people and our community," said Tina Nilsen-Hodges, principal and superintendent. "We are deeply grateful for this breathtaking act of philanthropy."

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Around Town | Friday, January 10, 2020 | By Interfaith Community Print
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posticon Teacher Retreat Teachers Announced


Around Town | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Fine Arts Booster Group Print
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The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a creative retreat for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and April school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is free for teachers selected through a lottery system.

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posticon Howarth Appointed To New York Climate Action Council

Around Town | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Cornell University Print
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Robert Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, has been appointed to the new Climate Action Council, an exclusive 22-member group created to bring about New York state's ambitious path to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions and promote green energy. Howarth is one of three people on the 22-member group appointed by Carl Heastie, speaker of the New York State Assembly

The CLCPA mandates a 40% reduction in all greenhouse gas emissions across New York state by 2030; an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas reduction by 2050; and 100% renewable electricity production by 2040. The new law will require updated accounting for methane emissions, a strong driver of atmospheric warming. That updated accounting was recommended based on Howarth's research.

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