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Top Syracuse University Officials updated the community Monday about the incident involving a fraternity’s offensive videos that have resulted in outrage across campus and beyond.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on what’s next after the Theta Tau chapter was expelled from campus. 

Foster Grandparents at Syracuse Schools Shape the Future and Teach Kids

Apr 19, 2018
Sunny Balkin / WAER News

Van Duyn Elementary Students have been getting some extra support with their subjects when seven special visitors show up daily.

The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for youngsters to learn from their elders and to gain social skills. Grandparent Ellen Kace says she looks forward to seeing the kids at school every day.

“Just being with these kids here makes me feel happy, alive,” Kace said. I look forward every morning just to come here to be with these kids. It makes me feel wonderful.”

Scott Willis / WAER News

The members of a new task force created by the Onondaga County district attorney’s office are starting to narrow down ways to formulate a more unified, consistent response to threats or shooting incidents at schools. The school safety task force held its second meeting Thursday. DA Bill Fitzpatrick says one of the first priorities is legislative.

“My office has been working on a specific statute that would deal with the type of conduct that certainly should be, in my judgment, be considered felonious – a specific target, threat against a school,” Fitzpatrick said.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse City high school students Monday were invited to share thoughts about their schools, and some suggestions as part of the third annual student voices symposium.  Concerns ranged from school safety…to what’s served for lunch.

If you ask 11th grader Jean-Baptiste Rakotoarison, and 10th grader Ridwan Sirad, they’ll tell you that PSLA at Fowler is a safe school.  Their concerns seem to revolve around resources for students.  The school has the poorest high school population in the city, and Rakotoarison says most students are left out of some activities.

Senator Schumer Says "No" to Putting Say Yes Students at Risk

Mar 19, 2018
Scott Willis / WAER News

Scholarship dollars for hundreds of Say Yes students in Syracuse and elsewhere appear to be getting held up in a new federal department of education policy that could cause some students to drop out of college. Senator Chuck Schumer is demanding the Secretary of Education reverse the policy.

Schumer said the problem is that Say Yes and similar scholarship programs are unable to access students’ financial data in order to process payments in a timely manner.  He said this throws up unnecessary roadblocks that can result in late fees for students or worse.

SCSD's $24 Million Budget Deficit Might Not be as Bad as it Seems

Feb 27, 2018
SyracuseCitySchools.com

A gap of $24 million in the Syracuse City School district budget might not sound good.  But Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Slack says it’s actually smaller than past years. 

"We usually have between a $30 and $40 million gap each year that we work to close through the budget process. When we came in under 30 we were a little bit excited about that. It's still a problem, but to know that it's going in the right direction was a bit of a surprise." 

Chris Bolt/WAER News

WAER’s City Limits Project – investigating poverty in Syracuse turned its focus to education.  How is poverty impacting schools and adult education?  And how much is the basic mission of these institutions changing as they have to deal with the effects of poverty in our community? 

(Full Audio of the panel discussion below)

When you’re inside a school as students are heading to class, the energy and the expectation should be that learning is about to take place to enrich the students.  

WAER File

A new workforce education program at Onondaga Community College has reimagined the typical process of finding a career in the growing manufacturing industry. The Apprenticeship Accelerator Career Training Program is designed to give 10 Central New Yorkers an opportunity to change jobs and also earn a paycheck from a choice of four local companies. Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at OCC Mike Metzgar said a four year paid-apprenticeship is guaranteed after 10 weeks of training.

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A Syracuse University alumnus and U.S. Navy veteran is donating $20 million to support the construction of the National Veterans Resource Center on campus.  Site preparation is underway on the $62.5 million  project.

WAER File

The graduation rates at three community colleges in Central New York are going up, according to a new study.  However it also finds that only one-in-four students are graduating in three years.

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