Education

8:00pm

Thu August 22, 2013
Education

Maffei says more should be done to make higher education affordable

Congressman Dan Maffei talks to a group of people before President Obama's speech at Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

President Obama was at Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday evening to discuss plans to make higher education more affordable for students. Congressman Dan Maffei, whose district includes Syracuse, says the president's speech included the introduction of a new college grading method that could influence how federal financial aid is distributed to the nation's colleges.

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8:40am

Wed August 21, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

Syracuse schools superintendent discusses Obama visit

Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras.
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

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.

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.

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4:19pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Education

Young entrepreneurs compete to impress investors

Anthony DiMare gives his company, Regattable, sales pitch to potential investors at the 2013 Syracuse Student Sandbox Demo Day in the Hosmer Auditorium at the Everson Museum.
Tom Magnarelli

College students from across upstate New York pitched their businesses to an audience of potential investors. It was the end of a 12-week program called the Syracuse Student Sandbox, which mentors young entrepreneurs on generating revenue for their startups.

"Teams are coming out of the sandbox at the end of the summer already having some funding, already having products, already having some customers," said John Liddy, the director of the program he helped start in 2009.

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6:53am

Tue August 13, 2013
Education

Robotics camp promotes hands-on approach to math and technology

The robotics competition
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The study of robotics is dropping down into the middle school curriculum of the Syracuse City School District, starting with a two-week summer camp.

Bryan English, one of the high school teachers who teaches the ins and outs of making the erector set style robots, says the program - which is already employed in the high school - is a way to get students more interested in math and technology classes.

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8:52am

Mon August 12, 2013
Education

Upstate schools work to reduce bullying

Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, schools across Upstate New York are dealing more and more with school violence.

SUNY Upstate Medical University forensic psychiatrist James Knoll says if a person asks anyone about school violence, they'll answer Columbine or Newtown, Conn.

"Most of the lay public's attention gets focused on the rare, but sensational acts of school violence like school shootings," Knoll said. "But I think it's the more common everyday violence, physical and mental abuse, and bullying... where our efforts are best spent."

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7:10am

Thu August 8, 2013
Education

Syracuse City School District Superintendent not surprised by low state test scores

Syracuse Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras says she was not surprised with the state's poor testing results.
Credit The Syracuse City School District

Only about a third of New York state's third through eighth grade students met the new tougher standards from April's round of state mandated English and math tests. That's about half as many as last year, before the new Common Core Curriculum was adopted in the state. For an urban school district like the Syracuse City School District, scores were in the single digits. Syracuse Superintendent Sharon Contreras expected the test results to be bad.

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4:40pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Education

As expected, state test scores drop significantly

Test scores for third through eighth graders were released Wednesday and they show a dramatic drop in the number of New York state students who are considered proficient in math and English.

Less than one-third of students in the third through eighth grade, around 31 percent, passed the new math and English exams given for the first time this year, says Regents Chancellor Merrill Tisch, who made the announcement on a conference call.

“As anticipated, the scores we are announcing today are significantly lower,” Tisch said.

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5:54am

Wed August 7, 2013
Education

Maffei says federal education initivatives are not working in central New York

Rep. Dan Maffei listens to concerns at a roundtable on education
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Education was on the mind of Syracuse-area Cong. Dan Maffei this week at a roundtable involving teachers, parents and administrators, and he got the sense that the current federal education policy is not working in schools in central New York.  

Maffei spoke specifically on the Race to the Top program, which pits states against each other in order to get federal funds, and he had some issues with it.

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6:33am

Tue August 6, 2013
Education

Syracuse mayoral candidate proposes education program for city

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse mayoral hopeful Pat Hogan is proposing a ten-point education program for the Syracuse City School District. He's one of four candidates in a Democratic primary for mayor that includes incumbent Stephanie Miner.

Hogan calls education the elephant in the room when it comes to issues facing the city today. He says it's the perceived state of the city schools that drives many families to the suburbs.   

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3:21pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Education

Innovative math workshop gets grant to expand program

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A math workshop designed in upstate New York has received a $120,000 grant to advance the model nationally.

The Rochester Institute of Technology's annual Summer Mathematics Institute Teachers’ Workshop aims to share strong stories about math in the real world to high school teachers.

The workshops bring together teachers to hear how professionals use math in a variety of careers ranging from baseball to counter-terrorism, engineering and cancer research.

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1:45pm

Tue July 30, 2013
Higher Ed

Gillibrand explains her 'no' vote on student loan compromise

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., talks with Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans because the interest rates shouldn’t be tied to market rates.

Congress let interest rates on government subsidized student loans double on July first to nearly seven percent. Last week lawmakers worked out a deal to allow rates to be tied to 10 year Treasury notes. That temporarily lowered the rates again.

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5:52pm

Sun July 28, 2013
Education

Casey Crabill on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill
Credit Onondaga Community College

Community Colleges have a uniquely important set of educational roles to fill in their communities.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with the new President of Onondaga Community College, Casey Crabill.  They discuss how the diversity of community college missions fit together, and her priorities in moving the institution forward from an already strong base.

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8:33am

Thu July 25, 2013
Education

LeMoyne sees rise in students attending Madden School of Business

Dean Jim Joseph stands in front of the new Madden School of Business facility that'll open up this semester.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

LeMoyne's Madden School of Business is seeing a big jump in enrollment. Incoming Dean Jim Joseph says there is a 34 percent increase in enrollment in the business school this semester.

"The last ten years, the average class size of the business school has been in the 90 plus range," Joseph said. "This year, our incoming class will be 126."

The goal is to attract 150 students next year. He says the school's global programs and experiential learning are some of the reasons that the Madden school is seeing that enrollment increase.

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8:25am

Tue July 23, 2013
Higher Ed

Schumer happy with student loan interest rate compromise

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York's senior U.S. senator says the compromise on student loans Congress is scheduled to take up on Tuesday is a good one, even if it's not exactly what he wanted.

Interest rates on government issued subsidized student loans doubled on July 1, after Congress failed to renew the program. But late last week, several lawmakers announced a compromise that will bring rates back down, at least for now.

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7:35am

Tue July 23, 2013
Education

Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary touts triumphs, still more to do

ADA advocates march down East Washington St. in Syracuse during a celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Advocates for the disabled in Syracuse are marking the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but activists say there are still some areas where progress needs to be made.

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3:10pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Education

Plan for newest SUNY campus stirs up some controversy

Picture is of Alain E. Kaloyeros (middle), chief executive officer of the College of Nanoscale and Science and Engineering, visiting with Upstate Medical University officials at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator this week.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

SUNY trustees have voted to split the University of Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, to create the system's 65th SUNY campus. The founder of the college says the move will save SUNY money and help bring high tech jobs to New York state.

The plans is to have the new specialized college up and running in the 2014-2015 academic year, says Alain Kaloyeros, the school's CEO.

"What the governor and the chancellor want out of this is have  the MIT or Stanford out of SUNY.  A state of the art, scholarly hub  at an affordable tuition," he said.

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9:45am

Thu July 18, 2013
Education

A tale of two buildings: schools face differing futures after being shut down

The Roosevelt Elementary School in Utica has been vacant for two decades and may need to be torn down.
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

When school districts consolidate or are faced with budget cuts, sometimes school buildings become a casualty of the process.

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5:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Education

SUNY program to bring together students and employers comes to Oswego

SUNY Oswego's Sheldon Hall.
SUNY Oswego/Facebook

SUNY Oswego is taking part in phase two of the statewide SUNY Works program, which is designed to bring together prospective employers and students through paying jobs for the students.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley says the college has already had a co-op employment program in place for several years, but says SUNY Works enhances the existing program. Stanley also says by providing students with an opportunity to make money, college becomes more affordable.

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4:51pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Education

As new OCC president starts, she ponders off-site center

Casey Crabill becomes the eighth president of Onondaga Community College

As Casey Crabill begins her new job as Onondaga Community College president this week, one of the first things she will consider is whether to establish a satellite campus in Syracuse's Inner Harbor.

Crabill says she'll discuss the idea with the board of directors noting that there are pros and cons to off-site campuses. A campus is included in drawings of the Inner Harbor project, but developers and OCC wanted to wait until Crabill came aboard before making a decision.

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5:06pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Education

Higher interest rates impact local students

TheGirlsNY/flickr

Interest rates double today for any students applying for the federal government's subsidized Stafford loans, after Congress failed to agree on a deal to lower interest rates.

Students at Onondaga Community College take out $21 million in loans every year to help pay for their education. Financial Aid Director Kate Bellefeuille says some potential students at OCC will be affected by the higher rates, which are jumping from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

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9:15am

Thu June 13, 2013
Education

Definition of STEM economy needs to be broadened report says

Brookings Institution

A new report from the Brookings Institution argues that more resources for training workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) should be directed at non-degree education providers.

The need for more STEM grads is a familiar cry from industry leaders and politicians alike. But, this new report argues there’s a large potential workforce being ignored because STEM jobs are being too narrowly defined.

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7:08am

Tue June 11, 2013
Education

Say Yes to Education marks five years in Syracuse schools

Say Yes to Education offers career counseling, along with its college tuition pledge.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

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.

Say Yes entered Syracuse schools in 2009 with the goal of overhauling urban education and increasing the city's chronically poor graduation rates. Syracuse was the first city-wide implementation of the program.

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7:34am

Mon June 10, 2013
Education

Teachers rally in Albany over new standardized testing

Teachers continue to fight what they call the over testing and underfunding of education in New York state. Hundreds of teachers from central New York joined a rally in Albany this weekend to continue pressing the state for change.

In all, thousands of teachers were at the rally organized by the New York State United Teachers Union.

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5:34am

Wed June 5, 2013
Higher Ed

Central New York colleges win SUNY 2020 grant

A group of central New York public colleges is among the winners of the governor's second round of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.

The state's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Upstate Medical University and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego teamed up for the program.

They were awarded $15 million to start an institute of environmental health and medicine.

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9:30am

Mon June 3, 2013
Education

Statewide program hopes to boost math and science teacher performance

Gates Foundation

It’s an initiative that aims to boost student interest in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering across the state. The Master Teachers program also hopes to ensure teachers perform at their highest level.

More than 250 current math and science teachers will be chosen from the Mid-Hudson, North Country, central New York and western New York regions to participate in the program, where they’ll mentor undergraduate education students and early career teachers.

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4:40pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Education

Program marks 40 years of offering college credits to high school seniors

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.

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9:09am

Mon May 20, 2013
Education

Most school budgets expected to pass

Voters in New York state go to the polls Tuesday to approve new school budgets. The New York State School Boards Association finds that many school districts are living within the limits imposed by a property tax cap enacted two years ago.

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5:11pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Education

Program aims to promote manufacturing careers to students

Students learning about high-tech manufacturing
Charter School for Applied Technologies

A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.  Dream it, Do it WNY educates high school students about the broad range of  careers available in the industry.

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2:17pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Education

Assertive attitude key to dealing with bullies

"Aggression begets aggression" when it comes to handling bullies, says Barabara Coloroso.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Educators and parents can always use advice on how to deal with bullies. A conference on bullying in Syracuse this week brought in a national expert on the issue, Barb Colorosa, who offered some clear strategies on how to identify bullying, as well as how to deal with it.

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6:35am

Thu May 2, 2013
Education

Teachers, parents, raise concern over Common Core testing

Credit Thomas Favre-Bulle / via Flickr

Voices opposed to Common Core testing are rising in central New York, as teachers and parents met this week at a forum in Syracuse to discuss these new education standards that bring major changes to the way math and reading is taught in public schools.

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