Syracuse school district http://wrvo.org en 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 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 Creating healthy habits for children http://wrvo.org/post/creating-healthy-habits-children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everyone from doctors to educators to first lady Michelle Obama seems to be concerned about the nutrition and physical activity children in this country are getting. A recent </span>WRVO<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> community health forum asked a panel of regional experts about what is being done and what should be done to improve the diet and fitness of the children in central and northern New York.</span></p><p>A startling statistic captures why there is such concern across the country about childhood obesity rates.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 57258 at http://wrvo.org Creating healthy habits for children 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 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 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 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 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 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 Extra state aid helps Syracuse balance school budget http://wrvo.org/post/extra-state-aid-helps-syracuse-balance-school-budget <p></p><p>The new budget for Syracuse public schools includes more state aid than the district asked for, but the school district still has to dip into the fund balance to level its finances.</p><p>The Syracuse City School District asked for $7 million from the state in order to balance its budget. Legislators came up with an extra $1.9 million, part of an overall state spending increase on education.</p><p>The extra cash will allow them to restore some previous cuts, Suzanne Slack, the district’s chief financial officer, said.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:55 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54350 at http://wrvo.org Extra state aid helps Syracuse balance school budget 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 gets extension on schools phase out http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-gets-extension-schools-phase-out <p>The state Department of Education has given the Syracuse City School District two extra weeks to come up with plans to phase out two underperforming schools in the city.</p><p>A letter dated Feb. 27 - and provided to WRVO Tuesday - from the state education department to Syracuse superintendent Sharon Contreras included an April 18 deadline for plans. A spokesperson for the education department gave&nbsp;WRVO&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/217063776/SCSD-Follow-Up-March-4" target="_blank">a second letter dated March 4</a> that extends the deadline to April 30.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:12 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53941 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district gets extension on schools phase out Syracuse school district phasing out 3 underperforming schools http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-phasing-out-3-underperforming-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse City School District is working on plans to phase out one of its high schools and two elementary schools, under state requirements to overhaul chronically underperforming public schools.</span></p><p>Fowler High School, Hughes Elementary and Delaware Elementary&nbsp;schools have been below state standards for three year, earning the designation of "priority schools," and now the district must overhaul or close them before the 2014-2015 school year.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:10:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53885 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse elected officials sworn in, look to challenges ahead http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-elected-officials-sworn-look-challenges-ahead <p></p><p>Two Syracuse City Council members and three city school board members were sworn in at city hall on Monday. The new and returning office holders acknowledged there will be many tough issues for them to face in their terms.</p><p>Friends and family members cheered on as their elected officials took the oath of office in the packed Common Council Chambers.</p><p>President of the Syracuse Common Council Van Robinson was sworn in for a second term. He says it's his job to assure the people that Syracuse will not go down the road of bankruptcy, and that the city needs to grow.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:52:03 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 49314 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse elected officials sworn in, look to challenges ahead 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 Election day could bring youth to Syracuse Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/election-day-could-bring-youth-syracuse-common-council <p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:51:28 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 46476 at http://wrvo.org Election day could bring youth to Syracuse Common Council Syracuse school district combating high student suspension rate http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-combating-high-student-suspension-rate <p></p><p>Last year, students suspended from the Syracuse City School District lost 23,555 days of instruction, and 55 percent of African-American students in the district have been suspended at least once. Those are some of the sobering statistics from a nationally known expert on school suspensions who reported on the state of suspensions in the district for the Board of Education last night.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:52:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44982 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district combating high student suspension rate NYS education commissioner visits two very different school districts http://wrvo.org/post/nys-education-commissioner-visits-two-very-different-school-districts <p>It was a tale of two distinct&nbsp;school districts in Onondaga County as State Education Commissioner John King visited central New York today during&nbsp;a new school year swing through the state. While there are big differences between the Fayetteville-Manlius and Syracuse City School Districts, he found some similarities especially when it comes to attacking the new rigorous common core standards.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:49:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43778 at http://wrvo.org NYS education commissioner visits two very different school districts 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 Seven Syracuse schools enter first year of Innovation Zone http://wrvo.org/post/seven-syracuse-schools-enter-first-year-innovation-zone <p>The seven worst schools in the Syracuse City School District are joining forces in an attempt to improve the performance of those schools in a short period of time. The district says the Innovation Zone schools, armed with more than $31 million in state grants, can turn things around.<br> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:52:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43358 at http://wrvo.org Seven Syracuse schools enter first year of Innovation Zone 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 Robotics camp promotes hands-on approach to math and technology http://wrvo.org/post/robotics-camp-promotes-hands-approach-math-and-technology <p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:53:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42207 at http://wrvo.org Robotics camp promotes hands-on approach to math and technology 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 Syracuse mayoral candidate proposes education program for city http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-mayoral-candidate-proposes-education-program-city <p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:33:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42176 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse mayoral candidate proposes education program for city Say Yes to Education marks five years in Syracuse schools http://wrvo.org/post/say-yes-education-marks-five-years-syracuse-schools <p>Non-profit education initiative Say Yes to Education marked five years in the Syracuse school district by touting increases in college enrollment and adding some top schools to the program.</p><p>Say Yes entered Syracuse schools in 2009 with the goal of <a href="http://www.innovationtrail.org/post/say-yes-has-potential-improve-syracuses-economy" target="_blank">overhauling urban education</a> and increasing the city's chronically poor graduation rates. Syracuse was the first city-wide implementation of the program.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:08:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39323 at http://wrvo.org Say Yes to Education marks five years in Syracuse schools Program marks 40 years of offering college credits to high school seniors http://wrvo.org/post/program-marks-40-years-offering-college-credits-high-school-seniors <p>In education circles it's called concurrent enrollment. Your high school student might know it as SUPA. It's Syracuse University Project Advance, and it's celebrating its 40th birthday, with enrollment skyrocketing in recent years. Tue, 28 May 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38549 at http://wrvo.org