Education http://wrvo.org en OCC joins forces with Cazenovia College with "2+2" program http://wrvo.org/post/occ-joins-forces-cazenovia-college-22-program <p></p><p>Onondaga Community College is tapping another central New York College to join it’s "2+2" partnership stable.<br /><br />Cazenovia College is the latest institution to sign this kind of partnership agreement with OCC. What it does is allow students to take two years of directed coursework at the community college, then transfer to Cazenovia, to get a bachelor's degree.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:41:14 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59285 at http://wrvo.org OCC joins forces with Cazenovia College with "2+2" program Brindisi continues push for new high school diploma http://wrvo.org/post/brindisi-continues-push-new-high-school-diploma <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an attempt to increase the number of New York high school graduates who are work ready, one state assemblyman is pushing for the approval of a new high-tech and manufacturing-based diploma. The goal is to help employers fill jobs with qualified graduates.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:55:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59059 at http://wrvo.org Utica School District to use state grant to expand school day http://wrvo.org/post/utica-school-district-use-state-grant-expand-school-day <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utica City School District received more than $4 million from the state to increase the number of hours kids are in school during the year, in an effort to increase the district's Common Core test scores. But the district still has to make a lot of decisions before starting the program.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:47:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58741 at http://wrvo.org Utica School District to use state grant to expand school day Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-attorney-general-reach-settlement-discipline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse public school district and the state attorney general's office say they've reached a settlement to curb the district's alarmingly high suspension rate.</span></p><p>The district will amend its code of conduct under the agreement.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58698 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline Pre-K expansion estimated to be low in September http://wrvo.org/post/pre-k-expansion-estimated-be-low-september <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as&nbsp; universal pre-K.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57845 at http://wrvo.org Pre-K expansion estimated to be low in September SU professor takes on the topic of death in new study http://wrvo.org/post/su-professor-takes-topic-death-new-study <p>A Syracuse University professor will be spending the next several months thinking about death, as part of a grant by the Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside.<br /><br />SU's Philosophy Department Chairman Ben Bradley will lead the research into a topic not many people want to talk about - death. He says the focus will be on the emotions and attitudes people have about their own death.<br /> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:22:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57487 at http://wrvo.org SU professor takes on the topic of death in new study SU nixes contract with developer for new bookstore http://wrvo.org/post/su-nixes-contract-developer-new-bookstore <p>After years of trying to build a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center, Syracuse University's efforts took a big step back Friday.</p><p>The university canceled its contract with the developer it had selected to build the project along the 600 block of University Ave., just north of the school's main campus.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:41:31 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57688 at http://wrvo.org SU nixes contract with developer for new bookstore Meeting of teachers' union, superintendent called "productive" http://wrvo.org/post/meeting-teachers-union-superintendent-called-productive <p><strong>Updated, 1:55 p.m. with comment from superintendent:</strong></p><p>The first meeting between the president of the Syracuse teachers' union and the superintendent of the school system since their relationship publicly disintegrated last week has been called "productive."</p><p>Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern and Superintendent Sharon Contreras met Friday morning <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/miner-looks-move-teachers-union-district-forward-talks" target="_blank">under the invitation of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner</a>.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:43:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57655 at http://wrvo.org Meeting of teachers' union, superintendent called "productive" Academy wants to hijack kids' computer time for rocking out http://wrvo.org/post/academy-wants-hijack-kids-computer-time-rocking-out <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B5SRqpWGlx8" width="445"></iframe></p><p>Some things are better taught outside the school system. That's Paul Green's theory on education.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Green isn’t a professional educator, but he’s made music education his life.</span></p><p>The 41-year-old is the founder and owner Paul Green Rock Academy where kids age 8 to 18 learn to rock.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:47:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 57578 at http://wrvo.org Common Core's teacher evaluations will be delayed http://wrvo.org/post/common-cores-teacher-evaluations-will-be-delayed <p></p><p>A tentative agreement has been reached by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.</p><p>Earlier this year the Democratic governor and the legislature imposed a moratorium on the Common Core tests effects on students, now that postponement moratorium extends to teachers who received poor ratings on their annual evaluations as a result of low scores by students on the controversial new tests.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57605 at http://wrvo.org Common Core's teacher evaluations will be delayed Syracuse school district says they're making progress on student discipline http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-says-theyre-making-progress-student-discipline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse school district says it's already working to improve discipline with the city's public schools as the state attorney general investigates its practices.</span></p><p>The attorney general's offices <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-districts-disciplinary-policies-under-investigation" target="_blank">launched an investigation in December</a> into potentially overly harsh punishment of minority and disabled students in the Syracuse school system,</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:23:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57425 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district says they're making progress on student discipline Miner looks to move teachers union, district forward in talks http://wrvo.org/post/miner-looks-move-teachers-union-district-forward-talks <p>The head of the Syracuse public school teachers union and the superintendent of the district will sit down this week in hopes of repairing a fractured relationship.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Stephanie Miner, a former labor lawyer, will mediate the discussion.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:26:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57292 at http://wrvo.org Miner looks to move teachers union, district forward in talks Gillibrand pushing for more STEM opportunities http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-pushing-more-stem-opportunities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Kirsten </span>Gillibrand<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-NY) has recently been touring New York state, outlining her education plan to provide more opportunities to students across the region in the science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:23:57 +0000 Carlet Cleare 57373 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pushing for more STEM opportunities Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of teachers http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-superintendent-loses-support-teachers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse's public school teachers have overwhelmingly said they no longer have the confidence in Sharon Contreras to lead the city's school district.</span></p><p>The president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, the union representing 2,800 teachers in the district, kicked off what turned into a lengthy and raucous board of education meeting Wednesday evening at Dr. King Elementary School.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:14:24 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57199 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of teachers SUNY chancellor backs Common Core education standards http://wrvo.org/post/suny-chancellor-backs-common-core-education-standards <p>The head of New York’s public higher education system says the Common Core education standards better prepare students for college.</p><p>SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has joined a national coalition of 200 colleges in 33 states, called <a href="http://higheredforhigherstandards.org/" target="_blank">Higher Ed for Higher Standards</a>, advocating for the continued use of Common Core standards for primary and high school education.</p><p>The new standards have been criticized for their poor rollout, but Zimpher says they’ll increase a student’s chances of completing college on time.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:41:01 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57169 at http://wrvo.org SUNY chancellor backs Common Core education standards DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to take advantage of state college saving plans http://wrvo.org/post/dinapoli-urges-new-yorkers-take-advantage-state-college-saving-plans <p></p><p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to invest in a 529 College Saving Program, which helps families save money for college tuition. DiNapoli says parents, grandparents and others can open an account for a child, and receive tax credits of up to $10,000 annually for their contributions.</p><p>More than 800,000 529 College Saving Program accounts have been set up in New York, but DiNapoli says many more could take advantage of the program.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56772 at http://wrvo.org DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to take advantage of state college saving plans Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests http://wrvo.org/post/why-common-core-controversy-over-standardized-tests <p></p><p>A major part of Common Core learning standards is a standardized testing system. A system that many have taken issue with.</p><p>“I’m all for setting the bar high, but you are setting the bar so high that you are going to defeat a group of people and they’re going to drop out of school,” said parent Lisa Arnone. “As a middle school teacher I already hear them talking. They say ‘they’ll never pass those tests and they’re done.’ And that will be a shame that they will be defeated by these tests.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:46:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 53233 at http://wrvo.org Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests Most area school budgets stay within tax cap http://wrvo.org/post/most-area-school-budgets-stay-within-tax-cap <p></p><p>Residents of school districts across the state go to the polls today to vote on budgets. These spending plans were created in the shadow of the state’s property tax cap program.</p><p>Most of the schools in New York state are offering budgets that keep tax increases below the state’s suggested two percent tax cap. These budgets are also increasing spending at an average rate of 2.6 percent.</p><p>To make up the difference, Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association says most districts are dipping into savings.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 10:16:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56040 at http://wrvo.org Most area school budgets stay within tax cap As change looms for Delaware School, faculty crave consistency http://wrvo.org/post/change-looms-delaware-school-faculty-crave-consistency <p></p><p>School is out for the day at Delaware Elementary in Syracuse, but Principal&nbsp;Milagros&nbsp;Escalera&nbsp;is in the auditorium greeting a group of students who stuck around for a magic show.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Did you pet the bunny?" she asks, as students marvel at the furry animal's bright red eyes.</span></p><p>Much like how the magician performed his tricks, what the future holds for these students and this school, is a mystery.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55934 at http://wrvo.org As change looms for Delaware School, faculty crave consistency Teacher certification test rollout reminiscent of Common Core http://wrvo.org/post/teacher-certification-test-rollout-reminiscent-common-core <p></p><p>A new assessment for students seeking teacher certification in New York state has been causing controversy. Implementation of the educative teacher performance assessment, known as edTPA, has been delayed. But some are saying the assessment still has unresolved issues.</p><p>The new assessment was scheduled to become a requirement for teacher certification on May 1. But the New York State Board of Regents made a last-minute decision to implement a safety net for students who fail the edTPA, so they can still earn initial certification.</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Aimee Hirsch 55878 at http://wrvo.org Teacher certification test rollout reminiscent of Common Core The Syracuse public schools facing overhaul or closure, mapped http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-public-schools-facing-overhaul-or-closure-mapped <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are more than a dozen Syracuse public schools that are staring down major changes or closure in the near future, much like what&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-phasing-out-3-underperforming-schools" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">three city schools are going through this year</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:58:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55643 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pushes for bill to cut student loan rates http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-pushes-bill-cut-student-loan-rates <p>As the debt load of recent college graduates continues to rise, New York's junior senator is stumping for a new bill that will cut the interest rate on federal student loans by nearly half.</p><p>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is one of about two dozen Democrats backing a bill that will reduce the loan rate on undergraduate loans to about 3.8 percent, from the nearly seven percent they sit at now. The bill would also bring down the interest rates for graduate school loans.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:48:22 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55758 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pushes for bill to cut student loan rates Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of board member http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-superintendent-loses-support-board-member <p></p><p>The superintendent of the Syracuse school system has lost the support of one of the district's school board members. But it's likely not enough dissent to force Sharon Contreras out of her job.&nbsp;</p><p>Syracuse School Board member Max Ruckdeschel spoke out at their annual meeting Tuesday evening. To other board members' surprise, he says he can no longer blindly support the superintendent's administrative appointments.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:00:21 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55736 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of board member Syracuse school district exploring turning Delaware into charter http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-exploring-turning-delaware-charter <p></p><p>The Syracuse school district is considering turning one of its underperforming elementary schools into a charter school.</p><p>Superintendent Sharon Contreras sent <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/223158982/Letter-to-Delaware-School-parents#fullscreen=1" target="_blank">a letter</a> home Friday to parents of Delaware Elementary School saying a charter school is the best option available under state rules for chronically poor-performing schools.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 10:26:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55552 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district exploring turning Delaware into charter District, state silent on plans for future of Delaware School http://wrvo.org/post/district-state-silent-plans-future-delaware-school <p></p><p>Both the Syracuse school district and state education officials are being hush about the future of one of the city's elementary schools, possibly because the district is still scrambling to come up with a plan, as sources have indicated to WRVO.</p><p>Under <a href="http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2012/08/30/state-names-city-schools-to-improve-or-close-by-15/#.U2vYDPldUrV" target="_blank">state policy for chronically underperforming schools</a>, Delaware Elementary School must be drastically overhauled or shuttered.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 09:40:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55471 at http://wrvo.org District, state silent on plans for future of Delaware School Charter school application sparks debate in Utica http://wrvo.org/post/charter-school-application-sparks-debate-utica <p></p><p>Concern is once again rising in the cash-strapped Utica City School District as the state mulls over the possibility of allowing another charter school to open.</p><p>A group led by Christina Johnson, an educator and local resident, applied to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute earlier this year to establish the Mohawk Valley Community Charter School within the Utica School District to serve elementary-aged children.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 11:29:11 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55357 at http://wrvo.org Charter school application sparks debate in Utica Haudenosaunee heritage center to become 'place of ideas' http://wrvo.org/post/haudenosaunee-heritage-center-become-place-ideas <p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 11:21:18 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55275 at http://wrvo.org Haudenosaunee heritage center to become 'place of ideas' As deadline is extended, no plan for future of Syracuse school http://wrvo.org/post/deadline-extended-no-plan-future-syracuse-school <p></p><p>The Syracuse school district has a few more days to present a plan for the future of one of its elementary schools to state education officials, but the school board currently doesn't have a meeting scheduled to approve such actions.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:54:55 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55068 at http://wrvo.org As deadline is extended, no plan for future of Syracuse school Say Yes to Education still working toward fiscal sustainability http://wrvo.org/post/say-yes-education-still-working-toward-fiscal-sustainability <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Say Yes to Education is slightly short of its goal to being independently financially sustainable six years after its start. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.sayyestoeducation.org/" target="_blank">Say Yes</a> is a national nonprofit that opened a chapter in the Syracuse school district in 2008. It offers a different strategy to improve urban education with a promise of free college tuition to graduating high school seniors. </span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:12:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55001 at http://wrvo.org Say Yes to Education still working toward fiscal sustainability Oswego City School District passes budget, upsets some http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-city-school-district-passes-budget-upsets-some <p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:33 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54763 at http://wrvo.org Oswego City School District passes budget, upsets some