The latest in our series on education, "What it Takes: Chasing Graduation at High Poverty High Schools," examines the reason why nearly 20 percent of students don't finish high school. There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, this 20 percent exists. Why? This documentary explores what students and teachers are up against in some of the nation's poorest high schools. We document the progress that has been made at one former ...

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, gave the commencement speech at Le Moyne College on Sunday. Dolan's visit has been marked with controversy.

Upstate New Yorks plethora of colleges and universities means that this month, thousands of students are graduating, reflecting on their time in college in the region and then moving on to the next phase of their lives. One outstanding graduating senior, Cornell Universitys Kyle Dake, who was just named Sports Illustrateds male College Athlete of the Year.
Kyle Dake won four NCAA Division I wrestling titles -- and he did it in four different weight classes. Its not often that a...

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New York states overall high school graduation rate continues to rise slowly over time. But one-quarter of students statewide dont graduate high school after four years. These statistics are according to the New York State Education Departments release of high school graduation rates for 2011.

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The gowns may be blue, and Syracuse Universitys color may be orange, but commencement at the Carrier Dome this weekend will definitely have a green feel to it. Commencement gowns are the latest environmental initiative on graduation day.

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 citys educational system. In this conversation, she relates what she has learned about the district so far, and previews the emphasis that will be placed on...