Education

4:05pm

Thu June 19, 2014
Education

Common Core's teacher evaluations will be delayed

James F Clay Flickr

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.

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.

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7:23am

Tue June 17, 2014
Education

Syracuse school district says they're making progress on student discipline

Syracuse public school Superintendent Sharon Contreras. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

The attorney general's offices launched an investigation in December into potentially overly harsh punishment of minority and disabled students in the Syracuse school system,

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7:26am

Mon June 16, 2014
Education

Miner looks to move teachers union, district forward in talks

A Syracuse Board of Education meeting on Wednesday became heated over the superintendent's performance.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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. 

Mayor Stephanie Miner, a former labor lawyer, will mediate the discussion. 

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7:23am

Mon June 16, 2014
Education

Gillibrand pushing for more STEM opportunities

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on a recent visit to Rochester STEM High School
WXXI News

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (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.

"The bill will help create grant programs for elementary, middle and high schools," said Gillibrand. "Schools are encouraged to partner with their local colleges and non-for-profit businesses to bolster innovated STEM related curriculum and mentorship programs designed to develop the stills that folks need."

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11:14pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of teachers

Syracuse teachers union head Kevin Ahern said Sharon Contreras "has failed to ensure a safe teaching and learning environment in every school" and the union has lost confidence in her.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse's public school teachers have overwhelmingly said they no longer have the confidence in Sharon Contreras to lead the city's school district.

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.

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2:41pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

SUNY chancellor backs Common Core education standards

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. (file photo)
Zack Seward WXXI

The head of New York’s public higher education system says the Common Core education standards better prepare students for college.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has joined a national coalition of 200 colleges in 33 states, called Higher Ed for Higher Standards, advocating for the continued use of Common Core standards for primary and high school education.

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.

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4:00pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Education

DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to take advantage of state college saving plans

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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.

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6:46am

Mon May 26, 2014
Education

Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests

CUPROF

A major part of Common Core learning standards is a standardized testing system. A system that many have taken issue with.

“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.”

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6:16am

Tue May 20, 2014
Education

Most area school budgets stay within tax cap

Katie Keier Flickr

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.

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.

To make up the difference, Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association says most districts are dipping into savings.

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6:04am

Mon May 19, 2014
Education

As change looms for Delaware School, faculty crave consistency

Delaware Elementary School was constructed in 1915 on South Geddes Street in Syracuse's Near Westside.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

School is out for the day at Delaware Elementary in Syracuse, but Principal Milagros Escalera is in the auditorium greeting a group of students who stuck around for a magic show.

"Did you pet the bunny?" she asks, as students marvel at the furry animal's bright red eyes.

Much like how the magician performed his tricks, what the future holds for these students and this school, is a mystery.

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8:34am

Sat May 17, 2014
Education

Teacher certification test rollout reminiscent of Common Core

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

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.

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.

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9:58am

Fri May 16, 2014

3:48pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Higher Ed

Gillibrand pushes for bill to cut student loan rates

Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand, D-N.Y. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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.

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6:00am

Wed May 14, 2014
Education

Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of board member

Syracuse public school Superintendent Sharon Contreras. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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. 

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.

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6:26am

Mon May 12, 2014
Education

Syracuse school district exploring turning Delaware into charter

Delaware Elementary School opened in 1917 on South Geddes Street in Syracuse's Near Westside.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Syracuse school district is considering turning one of its underperforming elementary schools into a charter school.

Superintendent Sharon Contreras sent a letter 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.

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5:40am

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

District, state silent on plans for future of Delaware School

Delaware Elementary School opened in 1917 on South Geddes Street in Syracuse's Near Westside.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

Under state policy for chronically underperforming schools, Delaware Elementary School must be drastically overhauled or shuttered.

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7:29am

Thu May 8, 2014
Education

Charter school application sparks debate in Utica

James F Clay Flickr

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.

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.

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7:21am

Mon May 5, 2014
Education

Haudenosaunee heritage center to become 'place of ideas'

A display from the former Sainte Marie among the Iroquois museum.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The transformation of the former Sainte Marie among the Iroquois museum on Onondaga Lake into a Haudenosaunee heritage center continues. Museum experts are in the midst of reprogramming the focus of the museum and are looking for help from the public.

Rick Hill is a guest curator working on the interpretive script for the new Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center. He says it’s going to be a different kind of museum.

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1:54pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Education

As deadline is extended, no plan for future of Syracuse school

Syracuse school superintendent Sharon Contreras at a school board meeting earlier this month. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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8:12am

Tue April 29, 2014
Education

Say Yes to Education still working toward fiscal sustainability

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens in 2012.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Say Yes to Education is slightly short of its goal to being independently financially sustainable six years after its start.

Say Yes 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.

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7:30am

Thu April 24, 2014
Education

Oswego City School District passes budget, upsets some

A view inside the Buccaner Junior-Senior High School's science classroom. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego City School Board has passed its budget for next year, but parents and students from one school aren't happy with it.

The $79.9 million budget eliminates about 28 positions, ranging from teachers and coaches, to mechanics and custodians. It reduces other spending by more than $500,000 and increases the school tax four percent. It also postpones a voter proposition to borrow money for new buses. The cuts fill a $1.7 million budget gap, and leaves some funds in reserve for the future.

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10:49pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Education

Study finds New Yorkers don't want school mergers

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature approved a plan in the state budget to encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years, in an attempt to lower property taxes. But according to a study by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn’t want them.

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7:39am

Fri April 18, 2014
Education

Students, parents defend Oswego school from possible closure

Students are allowed to choose topics related to their interests as part of ILPs, or individual learning plans.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

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.
 

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9:32pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Education

Plan approved for Fowler H.S. remake; district nowhere on Delaware school

Syracuse school superintendent Sharon Contreras at a special school board meeting Wednesday. Board Commissioner David Cecile is at the right.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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. The school board has approved turning the school into one focused on public service and law enforcement.

Starting in the fall, incoming students will not attend Fowler High School, but the Public Service Leadership Academy.

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7:58am

Wed April 16, 2014
Education

Extra state aid helps Syracuse balance school budget

Katie Keier Flickr

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.

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.

The extra cash will allow them to restore some previous cuts, Suzanne Slack, the district’s chief financial officer, said.

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7:05am

Tue April 15, 2014
Education

Schumer says schools struggling to fund safety programs

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stands in front of Fayetteville-Manlius High School to discuss school safety.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was at Fayetteville-Manlius High School Monday announcing an initiative to restore funding to school safety programs. Funding for the federal grants has declined by more than $100 million over the past four years.

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3:38pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Education

Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten

A new report finds only half of Onondaga County children are ready for kindergarten.
Katie Keier Flickr

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.

The report, 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.

There are 27,000 children under the age of five in the county. They'll go to 18 different school districts.

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7:41am

Mon April 14, 2014
Higher Ed

Syracuse University formally enters "The Kent Syverud Years"

Kent Syverud, Syracuse University's 12th chancellor, enters Hendricks Chapel during his inauguration ceremony.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse University has formally entered “The Kent Syverud Years,” as the school’s new chancellor was inaugurated Friday evening.

Syverud took over for Nancy Cantor as the university’s 12th chancellor in January, but the school laid out the orange carpet Friday, and laid on the pomp and circumstance, in a ceremony at Hendricks Chapel.

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8:04am

Thu April 10, 2014
Education

Syracuse superintendent apologizes over Fowler High School plans

Syracuse school superintendent Sharon Contreras. (File photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

A letter from the state Department of Education leaked to the press Monday outlined possible plans for three underperforming schools in the city: Fowler High School, Hughes Elementary and Delaware Elementary.

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7:45am

Thu April 10, 2014
Education

Oswego City School District considers closing a school as part of proposed budget cuts

Oswego City School District Superintendent Ben Halsey discusses a series of proposed cuts to close the district's deficit.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego High School cafeteria was nearly full Tuesday night during a public forum held by the Oswego City School District regarding its proposed $81.5 million budget.

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