education 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 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 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 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 Learning center teaches English to students from 20 countries http://wrvo.org/post/learning-center-teaches-english-students-20-countries <p>The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board approved the removal of six wooden and concrete crosses on the outside of Holy Trinity Church which is being renovated into a mosque. But the controversy overshadowed the mission of the North Side Learning Center, which bought the Syracuse property.</p><p>"Salam alaikum everyone! Oh, the classroom is getting packed now!”exclaimed Abdulilah Al-Dubai, one of the founders of the North Side Learning Center. The center has eight classes that teach English to 150 students, who range from age four to 80 and come from more than 20 countries.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:41:08 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 56344 at http://wrvo.org Learning center teaches English to students from 20 countries 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 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 Study finds New Yorkers don't want school mergers http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-new-yorkers-dont-want-school-mergers <p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:49:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54591 at http://wrvo.org Study finds New Yorkers don't want school mergers 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