Education

4:04pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Education

NY school districts struggle to form new teacher evaluation plans

As the school year starts, many school districts across the state still need to grapple with the issue of a teacher evaluation system, especially if they want to continue to receive state aid. Only a small percentage of the state's schools have turned in an evaluation plan the state is happy with so far.

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4:03pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Education

Common core standards make debut in New York

As children all over upstate New York head back to school this week, the curriculum for some of them will be a little different this year.

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9:38am

Thu August 30, 2012
Education

Back to school brings new statewide policy changes

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As parents get ready to send their kids back to school all over upstate New York .... There are some new statewide educational changes are taking affect they may want to know about first.  

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9:04am

Thu August 23, 2012
Education

Syracuse City School District adopts new strategic plan with lofty goals

The Syracuse City School District now has a blue print for the next five years, that administrators hope will take it from being one of the poorest performing districts to one of the most improved urban school districts in America. The plan calls for changes across the board.

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9:26am

Wed August 15, 2012
Education

State education reform commission gets an earful in Syracuse

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The state commission that is supposed to come up with answers to the problems in public education in New York is in the midst of a statewide fact-finding tour.  They are getting an earful about how to improve schools, including when they came through central New York Tuesday.

Expanding pre-kindergarten and spreading resources evenly among schools around the state are some of the major suggestions.

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4:41pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Education

New charter school proposed for Utica

A charter school in Syracuse is hoping to expand to another part of central New York. The school believes it can provide another option for children and parents.

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10:25am

Fri August 10, 2012
Education

Say Yes scholars get head start for college life at OCC

Onondaga Community College held a closing ceremony for a summer prep program for its Say Yes to Education scholars Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Twenty-nine students attending Onondaga Community College this fall through the Say Yes to Education program were so excited to hit the books, they started early.

They wrapped up OCC's Summer Success Academy yesterday with a small closing ceremony full of encouraging words from Say Yes and OCC staffers.

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4:20pm

Tue July 24, 2012
Education

Senator Gillibrand backs uniform paperwork for college applicants

As the rising debt of recent college graduates becomes a focus of families across the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is trying to clarify the cost of higher education.

Gillibrand announced today that she is supporting new uniformed financial aid forms released by the Department of Education. She says a greater understanding of costs will help families plan better for college.

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7:24am

Fri July 20, 2012
Education

Special Education bill creates controversy

A little-publicized bill affecting special education was passed at the end of the New York state legislative session. While supporters feel it would benefit these students, school officials are worried about the precedent it might set.

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9:22am

Wed July 11, 2012
Education

Cuomo's education panel hears complaints

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Commission on Education Reform got an earful at a public hearing held at the state Capitol today, as speaker after speaker complained about a statewide school system that they say is in disarray.

Speakers voiced a litany of complaints to the commission, ranging from over-testing of students, excessive teacher bashing, and school districts drowning in debt.

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9:32am

Fri July 6, 2012
Education

SUNY considers high school exam to test college readiness

The State University of New York is looking to stem the tide of students who arrive at college unprepared.

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9:42am

Mon July 2, 2012
Education

Many school districts to miss teacher evaluation deadline

An important deadline in the state’s ongoing teacher evaluation process occurred Sunday, but most schools reported they would miss it.  

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5:29pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Education

State legislature approves Cuomo's teacher evaluation plan

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Cuomo’s proposal to make teacher evaluations public will become law, now that the Senate and Assembly passed the measure on the final day of the legislative session.

Senate Republicans, after a closed door meeting, agreed to take up Gov. Cuomo’s bill to make all evaluations public, without names attached.

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9:35am

Tue June 19, 2012
Education

No agreement in Albany on teacher evaluations, so far

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he no longer thinks settling the issue of making teacher evaluations public is “urgent,” and will allow the legislature to leave later this week without an agreement on the matter.

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3:59pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Education

NY makes moves to improve STEM education

President Barack Obama has proclaimed that STEM education is a national priority.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

New York state is looking at ways to improve the STEM education the state's children receive. This kind of education has  become more important in recent years, because that's where the jobs are. However, recent statistics show U.S. achievement in these skills lags behind much of Europe and Asia.

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5:08pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Education

No Child Left Behind waiver granted to New York state

State Education Commissioner John King.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

New York state is now one of 19 states that has been granted a waiver that allows for more flexibility when it comes to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.

The change will let schools avoid a deadline requiring all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. 

The Federal Education Department approved the waivers for New York and eight other states earlier this week. Other states won waivers earlier this year.

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4:00pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Education

Michael Rebell on the Campbell Conversations

In New York, arguments over fairness in the funding of public education have been heated for a while. In the current age of austerity, the issue is even more complex—and pressing.

In this week’s Campbell Conversation, Michael Rebell, the executive director of Columbia University’s Campaign for Educational Equity, and a co-counsel in the state’s Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, discusses educational equity—and all that it requires from the educational and social welfare systems.

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4:48pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Education

High Marks for Say Yes to Education in Syracuse

Say Yes to Education founder George Weiss signs a copy of a book written by students in the Say Yes program.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The thunderstorms that rolled through upstate New York Tuesday afternoon kept George Weiss' plane grounded in New York City.

So Weiss, the philanthropist and founder of Say Yes to Education, decided to drive up to Syracuse in order to make it to a student event Tuesday evening.

He told a crowd at McKinley-Brighton Elementary School Wednesday morning that the long drive was worth it when a student came up to him teary-eyed.

She told Weiss that he had given her a hug two years earlier when she graduated high school. Now, after graduating from a community college with the cost covered by Say Yes, she wanted another hug.

"Any time you see the smile on these kids' faces and the hope," Weiss said. "This is what it's all about, the hope."

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10:10am

Tue May 22, 2012
Education

Changes to Global History and Geography Regents Exam under consideration

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For a while now, getting through high school has meant getting through all five of those all-important Regents Exams. But that may be changing.

Amidst an ongoing discussion about how to get more kids to graduation through different pathways, the Board of Regents may be making some changes.

And those changes have a lot to do with one specific exam – The Global History and Geography exam. Unlike other Regents Exams, this one takes place after two full years of cumulative study.

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10:21am

Wed May 2, 2012
Education

ADA-PEP to be eliminated for students in Syracuse

As urban school districts grapple with massive budget deficit, some programs that aren't strict academics go up on the chopping block. A program in the Syracuse City School District, that teaches everything from sex education to stranger danger, is slated to be cut.

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10:20am

Tue May 1, 2012
Education

Governor Cuomo creates panel on education

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Governor Andrew Cuomo named a blue ribbon commission to look at the problems facing education in New York, instructing them to come back with an “action plan” not a “theoretical document.”

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10:48am

Thu April 19, 2012
Education

Syracuse borrows millions to sustain school budget

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The decision for the Syracuse City School District Board of Education Wednesday night was between borrowing millions or cutting hundreds of jobs. Board members chose to balance a $366 million budget by whipping out the credit card.

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6:02pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Education

Syracuse bookstore is flash point in debate over development

The Syracuse Common Council has decided to negotiate more on a proposed tax break for the building of a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

The make-up of the Syracuse Common Council was different when Thomas Valenti and his firm, Cameron Group, first approached it six years ago, but the opposition to the proposed project is still the same.

Valenti wants to develop a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.

In order to do that, he's requesting a 30-year property tax break from the city.

And therein lies the sticking point.

"If you have all of these grand ideas, then you should be able to finance this project," councilor-at-large Helen Hudson says. "We just can't keep excepting all of these entities."

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7:56pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Education

The Brackett Refugee Education Fund on The Campbell Conversations

In their so-called retirement, Tom and Liz Brackett founded and now run an education non-profit, the Brackett Refugee Education Fund. In this conversation, they relate the story of how they decided to start this, how they approach and structure the work of their organization, and what inspires them to keep up the effort.

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10:53am

Tue March 6, 2012
Education

Power of SUNY on display in Syracuse

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher speaks at the Power of SUNY regional showcase in Syracuse Monday
Fred Vigeant WRVO

Innovative programs from eight Central New York SUNY Schools were on display in Syracuse Monday.  It was part of the "Power of SUNY Regional Showcase", that let schools from across the area share projects.

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12:39pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Education

Collaboration could help SUNY schools land new grants

SUNY-ESF says it will compete for the next round of SUNY 2020 Challenge Grants aimed at sparking economic growth. The school will look to partner with area public colleges to better its chances of winning a grant.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaning on New York’s network of public colleges to play a bigger role in economic growth -- and he’s proposing to provide the resources to do so. But there could stiff competition for those funds.

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6:14am

Fri January 6, 2012
Education

Syracuse City School District to submit teacher evaluation plan to Albany Friday

With $11.5 million dollars at stake, the Syracuse City School District did some last minute negotiating with its teachers and principal's unions, in the hopes of getting some state funding reinstated.  

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7:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Education

Legislation to Change School Districts' Wealth Measurement

Russell, a Democrat from Theresa, has introduced legislation that will adjust the way school districts' wealth is measured.  Generally speaking, the poorer a district is, the more aid it gets. But it’s not a true sliding scale at the top and bottom ends.

Right now, the poorest districts are all lumped together in the same category, even though some may be much poorer than others. The same is true of the richest districts – they're all seen on equal footing, even though some may be much richer than others.

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10:40am

Fri December 9, 2011
Education

Sharon Contreras on The Campbell Conversations

A little over 100 days ago, Sharon Contreras began her appointment as the superintendent of the Syracuse City School District.  She inherited deep challenges--low test scores and graduation rates, and an austere budget climate.  Following her "first 100 days" period of listening and assessment, she is issuing a strategic plan to improve the city's educational system. 

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11:25am

Fri November 4, 2011
O'Donnell Media Summit

Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit

Panelists at the Dr. Lewis B O'Donnell Media Summit
SUNY Oswego

This year’s theme is organized around Media Diversity. In particular, issues pertaining to ethnicity, gender, technology, business models, content, global and personal will be discussed.

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