education http://wrvo.org en Students, parents defend Oswego school from possible closure http://wrvo.org/post/students-parents-defend-oswego-school-possible-closure <p></p><p>The Oswego City School District needs to close a $1.7 million budget gap and is looking at a variety of areas to cut. One thing on the potential chopping block is the Buccaneer Junior/Senior High School. The alternative school was started just two years ago, but already has great support from its students and faculty.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:39:29 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54466 at http://wrvo.org Students, parents defend Oswego school from possible closure 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 Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten http://wrvo.org/post/report-only-half-onondaga-county-kids-ready-kindergarten <p></p><p>Only half of the children in Onondaga County are ready to start their primary school educations when they reach kindergarten, a new report from the Onondaga Citizens League has found.</p><p><a href="http://onondagacitizensleague.org/blog/studies/study-archive/early-childhood-education/" target="_blank">The report</a>, the latest from OCL in annual studies looking at community issues, says more focus needs to be put on educating children before they reach a classroom.</p><p>There are 27,000 children under the age of five in the county. They'll go to 18 different school districts.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:38:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54243 at http://wrvo.org Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten 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 Oswego City School District considers closing a school as part of proposed budget cuts http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-city-school-district-considers-closing-school-part-proposed-budget-cuts <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:45:20 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54058 at http://wrvo.org Oswego City School District considers closing a school as part of proposed budget cuts 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 New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency http://wrvo.org/post/new-teachers-union-president-wants-increase-unions-political-potency <p></p><p>There’s a big change in the New York State United Teachers union, as members elected new leadership after months of unrest. The state’s largest teachers union has a new president, Karen Magee, the first woman to run the organization.<br /><br />The shakeup comes over concerns with the state’s flawed implementation of the new Common Core learning standards. Teachers are complaining that they were not adequately prepared to teach to the new standards, and that the test results should not be used to evaluate their performance.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53917 at http://wrvo.org New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency 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 Education historian lashes out against Common Core during Syracuse visit http://wrvo.org/post/education-historian-lashes-out-against-common-core-during-syracuse-visit <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:16:13 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53626 at http://wrvo.org Education historian lashes out against Common Core during Syracuse visit Cuomo, Astorino see differently on Common Core deal http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-astorino-see-differently-common-core-deal <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says parents and students can exhale knowing that the second round of Common Core aligned test scores will not be included on student's permanent transcripts under the new budget deal.</p><p>The new standards in English and math designed to improve college and career readiness have been criticized by some parents who say that the roll-out was done too fast and from educators claiming that they weren't given sufficient material and guidance to teach the new standards.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:17:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Gino Geruntino 53596 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Astorino see differently on Common Core deal State lawmakers pass budget before deadline http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-pass-budget-deadline <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:40:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53565 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers pass budget before deadline North Syracuse faces yet another school budget with cuts http://wrvo.org/post/north-syracuse-faces-yet-another-school-budget-cuts <p></p><p>Onondaga County's second largest school district is dealing with yet another&nbsp;budget shortfall, and that likely will mean another round of staff layoffs.</p><p>The North Syracuse School District has already eliminated a fifth of its staff in the past six years. But it's not been enough to keep up with a declining student enrollment and a reduction in state education aid of more than $6 million.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:37:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53383 at http://wrvo.org North Syracuse faces yet another school budget with cuts Parents make their voices heard as Common Core tests approach http://wrvo.org/post/parents-make-their-voices-heard-common-core-tests-approach <p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:26:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53286 at http://wrvo.org Parents make their voices heard as Common Core tests approach Last minute push for school aid amid voter dissatisfaction http://wrvo.org/post/last-minute-push-school-aid-amid-voter-dissatisfaction <p></p><p>Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.</p><p>"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:28:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53214 at http://wrvo.org Last minute push for school aid amid voter dissatisfaction GED replaced with test based on Common Core standards http://wrvo.org/post/ged-replaced-test-based-common-core-standards <p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:26:16 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53037 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-de-blasio-speak-dueling-education-rallies-albany <p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:39:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52223 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany Upstate schools call for more funding, end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-schools-call-more-funding-end-gap-elimination-adjustment <p>The funding crisis facing public education will be on display during forums held in the coming weeks across central New York. Lobbyists are hopeful that public support for school funding can have an impact on the state budget process in Albany.<br /><br />Charles Borgongoni has been the head of the Central New York School Boards Association for three years. He says the fiscal troubles for schools just keep getting worse, with not much help in sight from the state.<br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:25:44 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51852 at http://wrvo.org Upstate schools call for more funding, end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment Cuomo's prison education program draws criticism from Republicans http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-prison-education-program-draws-criticism-republicans <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending his plan to pay for college classes for prison inmates, saying it will cut down the number of convicts sent back to prison.</p><p>Cuomo has proposed expanding a program that currently offers privately funded college courses in some state prisons. The program would offer associate's and bachelor's degree education at 10 prisons, which Cuomo says will reduce the likelihood of inmates returning to crime.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:49:43 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Associated Press 51687 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's prison education program draws criticism from Republicans Maffei hosts rural broadband symposium promoting high-speed Internet access http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-hosts-rural-broadband-symposium-promoting-high-speed-internet-access <p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:32:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51573 at http://wrvo.org Maffei hosts rural broadband symposium promoting high-speed Internet access State Board of Regents takes step back on Common Core http://wrvo.org/post/state-board-regents-takes-step-back-common-core <p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:51:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Charles Lane 51196 at http://wrvo.org State Board of Regents takes step back on Common Core Financially struggling Cayuga Community College sets sights on 2020 http://wrvo.org/post/financially-struggling-cayuga-community-college-sets-sights-2020 <p></p><p>Cayuga Community College's interim president is working on a plan to correct the school's recent financial struggles.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:12:28 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50919 at http://wrvo.org Financially struggling Cayuga Community College sets sights on 2020 Gillibrand, Hanna push for universal pre-K together http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-hanna-push-universal-pre-k-together <p></p><p>Rep. Richard Hanna and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand played with blocks and Elmer’s glue at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer Monday before introducing a proposal to fund universal early education on a federal level.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 01:54:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50810 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand, Hanna push for universal pre-K together Biden promotes reinvention of workforce training upstate http://wrvo.org/post/biden-promotes-reinvention-workforce-training-upstate <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a reform of the country’s training programs to ensure the skills in the workforce match employers’ needs.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:49:16 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50627 at http://wrvo.org Biden promotes reinvention of workforce training upstate Education hearing turns into Common Core complaint session http://wrvo.org/post/education-hearing-turns-common-core-complaint-session <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:06:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50568 at http://wrvo.org Education hearing turns into Common Core complaint session Education advocates express budget concerns http://wrvo.org/post/education-advocates-express-budget-concerns <p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:13:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50286 at http://wrvo.org Education advocates express budget concerns State groups respond to Cuomo's budget plan http://wrvo.org/post/state-groups-respond-cuomos-budget-plan <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:11:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50277 at http://wrvo.org State groups respond to Cuomo's budget plan Cuomo expected to cover education, tax cuts and campaign finance reform in state budget http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-expected-cover-education-tax-cuts-and-campaign-finance-reform-state-budget <p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:07:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50180 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo expected to cover education, tax cuts and campaign finance reform in state budget Experiment developed by upstate students heads to International Space Station http://wrvo.org/post/experiment-developed-upstate-students-heads-international-space-station <p></p><p>High school students in upstate New York watched as a rocket carrying one of their science experiments was launched Thursday. Its destination is the International Space Station orbiting the earth over 200 miles above us.</p><p>Vicki Aman and Cheyanne Jeffrey are in their senior year at Rochester Early College International High School (RECIHS). The team is hoping their research will contribute to our growing knowledge of life in space.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 49741 at http://wrvo.org Experiment developed by upstate students heads to International Space Station Fulton school particpates in "Take a Veteran to School Day" http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-school-particpates-take-veteran-school-day <p></p><p>Fifth and sixth graders at Granby Elementary School in Fulton got the chance to meet and ask questions to several current and former service members Monday morning, during the school's "Take a Vet to School Day" event. Members of the Army and Navy gave students a look into their lives in the military, including what they did overseas, where they've been stationed, and in one case, what their favorite gun is to shoot.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:54:52 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48636 at http://wrvo.org Fulton school particpates in "Take a Veteran to School Day"