Education

4:19pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Education

Student debt in New York state on the rise

Student debt levels rose by five percent last year according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.

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11:15am

Thu October 18, 2012
Education

Summer school for science teachers

Credit Daniel Robison / WBFO A new courtyard sporting a pond, stream, rocks and rotting logs will serve as a living lab for students at PS197 in Buffalo.
Daniel Robison WBFO

Educators across the country agree schools need more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet hooking students on these subjects remains a challenge, especially for generally low performing schools with few resources.

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10:22am

Wed October 17, 2012
Education

Mohawk Valley school districts consider merger

With dropping enrollments and less money coming from the state, many school districts across New York are looking into joining forces. That is the case in the Mohawk Valley near Utica, where a school merger is on the ballot this week.

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10:45am

Tue October 16, 2012
Education

Southern Tier school readiness program a success, so far

The research on this is pretty clear: between the ages one and five, the human brain develops faster than at any other time. In Chemung County, a project called the School Readiness Project sends nurses to the hospital whenever a baby is born.

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1:53pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Dalai Lama visit

Behind the Scenes: Lessons from a colleague from far, far away

The Dalai Lama answers questions Tuesday before the One World Concert in Syracuse.
Larry Busacca Getty Images for Syracuse University

WRVO News reporter Ryan Delaney covered the Dalai Lama's two-day visit to Syracuse. He shares some observations on the visit.

I was already nervous enough. Just on the other side of the door I was about to walk into probably the biggest press conference I had ever attended. Certainly the most heavily guarded.

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7:43am

Fri September 28, 2012
Education

Closing the gender gap in STEM education

In the latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we're taking a look at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the Capital Region. High-tech multinational companies have moved into the area and they're hiring. Meanwhile some local school districts are struggling with graduation rates around 50 percent.

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1:26pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Education

Raising graduation rates will benefit NY economy

Rochester City School District is trying to increase the rate of high school graduates.
Frontline PBS

New York State has similar rates of student disengagement as the rest of the nation.

With dropout rates at almost 30 per cent in New York, the Alliance for Excellent Education warns that this crisis is damaging to the economy as well as the future of individuals.

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9:40am

Tue September 25, 2012
Education

Preventing high school dropouts - in kindergarten?

Ready Freddy is a new kindergarten-based program that tries to instill a love of school among students, which education officials hope translates into increased attendance.
Daniel Robison Innovation Trail/WBFO

The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) received good news last year: its four-year graduation rate rose by seven percent. Still, nearly half the district’s high school students failed to earn a diploma. The struggling urban school system continues to look for dramatic fixes. This year, the district is starting in kindergarten.

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8:03am

Mon September 24, 2012
Education

Say Yes "has potential" to improve Syracuse's economy

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Instead of trying to have as much pre-college life fun as possible, or maybe earning some spending cash for the upcoming semester, one of group of college-bound Syracuse teens spent the summer months getting a head start on college. They were rewarded for their efforts during a small ceremony at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where the 29 students are currently hitting the books, with a small ceremony.

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4:08pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

New school year brings new anti-bullying law

As students settle into the new school year, the first phase of a new statewide anti-bullying law is already in place. More children will now be protected, and more will be required of school districts.

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8:00am

Sat September 8, 2012
Education

Technical education programs boost graduation rates in Syracuse high schools

The graduation rate in the Syracuse City School District continues to be one of the worst in the state, with less than half the students getting their diplomas after four years of school. Technical education programs may be a solution.

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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

woodleywonderworks Flickr

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

gordasm Flickr

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

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

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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