Sharon Contreras http://wrvo.org en 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" 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 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 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 Plan approved for Fowler H.S. remake; district nowhere on Delaware school http://wrvo.org/post/plan-approved-fowler-hs-remake-district-nowhere-delaware-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse public school system has a plan in place for the future of Fowler High School, one of three it's overhauling this year.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The school board has approved turning the school into one focused on public service and law enforcement.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting in the fall, incoming students will not attend Fowler High School, but the Public Service Leadership Academy.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:32:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54392 at http://wrvo.org Plan approved for Fowler H.S. remake; district nowhere on Delaware school Syracuse superintendent apologizes over Fowler High School plans http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-superintendent-apologizes-over-fowler-high-school-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse City School District superintendent Sharon Contreras apologized Wednesday night for the way news about plans to phase out three of the city's schools was made public.</span></p><p>A letter from the state Department of Education <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-phasing-out-3-underperforming-schools" target="_blank">leaked to the press Monday</a> outlined possible plans for three underperforming schools in the city: Fowler High School, Hughes Elementary and Delaware Elementary.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:04:33 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54059 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse superintendent apologizes over Fowler High School plans Syracuse school district's disciplinary policies under investigation http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-districts-disciplinary-policies-under-investigation <p></p><p>The state attorney general is investigating disciplinary action policies within the Syracuse school district, and the school system says it's cooperating with his office.</p><p>On Friday, the school district's top administrator admitted there likely have been violations.</p><p>Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s civil rights office issued a subpoena to the Syracuse City School District on Oct. 16.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:34:19 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48205 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district's disciplinary policies under investigation Syracuse schools celebrate first day back by highlighting new I-Zone schools http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-celebrate-first-day-back-highlighting-new-i-zone-schools <p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:49:34 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43719 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools celebrate first day back by highlighting new I-Zone schools Syracuse schools superintendent discusses Obama visit http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-superintendent-discusses-obama-visit <p>Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras said the district is assisting the White House and Secret Service as they prepare for the arrival of President Obama at Henninger High School on Thursday.<p>Though Contreras wouldn't specifically say why Henninger High School was chosen as the location for President Obama to speak, she did say the Syracuse City School District's "Say Yes to Education" program would fit in perfectly with the president's speech on college access.<p>"Having those programs actually motivates students to stay in high school and with appropriate time a Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:40:15 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 42946 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools superintendent discusses Obama visit Syracuse City School District Superintendent not surprised by low state test scores http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-city-school-district-superintendent-not-surprised-low-state-test-scores <p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:10:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42307 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse City School District Superintendent not surprised by low state test scores Technical education programs boost graduation rates in Syracuse high schools http://wrvo.org/post/technical-education-programs-boost-graduation-rates-syracuse-high-schools <p>The graduation rate in the Syracuse City School District continues to be one of the worst in the state, with less than half the students getting their diplomas after four years of school. Technical education programs may be a solution.</p><p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25652 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse City School District adopts new strategic plan with lofty goals http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-city-school-district-adopts-new-strategic-plan-lofty-goals <p>The Syracuse City School District now has a blue print for the next five years, that administrators hope will take it from being one of the poorest performing districts to one of the most improved urban school districts in America. The plan calls for changes across the board.</p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:04:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24830 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse borrows millions to sustain school budget http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-borrows-millions-sustain-school-budget <p>The decision for <a href="http://www.syracusecityschools.com/"><strong>the Syracuse City School District Board of Education </strong></a>Wednesday night was between borrowing millions or cutting hundreds of jobs. Board members chose to balance a $366 million budget by whipping out the credit card.</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:48:47 +0000 Ellen Abbott 17856 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse borrows millions to sustain school budget Syracuse City School District to submit teacher evaluation plan to Albany Friday http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-city-school-district-submit-teacher-evaluation-plan-albany-friday <p>The Syracuse City School District did some last minute negotiating with its teachers and principal's unions, in the hopes of getting some state funding reinstated. As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports, 11 and a half million dollars used in the districts most troubled schools, is at stake.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 11:14:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 12315 at http://wrvo.org