Students seeking admission to SUNY schools of education should be required to have grade-point averages of at least 3.0, with the aim of boosting teacher quality, a blue-ribbon state advisory panel said Wednesday, Newsday reports. The New York Education Reform Commission, in a preliminary report released at an Albany news conference, also recommended more prekindergarten classes, additional instructional time for older students and consolidating small school districts. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who appointed the commission in April, said Wednesday that the intent was to find ways to upgrade New York's academic achievement, often lackluster compared with that in many other...

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