Public School and Higher Education News

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About 1,000 Onondaga County Families are getting access to more resources to help children with language and reading through in-home visits.  The national “Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing” campaign designed to encourage parents to engage in language-rich activities with their children at an early age.

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The kitchen at Syracuse’s Fowler High School was in the spotlight Thursday as the president of a national nutrition organization stopped by to gather information about the dire need for increased funding for food service equipment.  Fowler appears to be ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing healthy options for students.

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Syracuse University Graduate Student employees Wednesday went public with their plans to unionize during what they say is a trying time at the university and under the Trump administration.  About 100 students and faculty braved the wind and cold outside Hendricks chapel to rally for organizing and against the republican tax reform plan.  Senior Janet Flores was among those to call on SU administrators to take a stronger stance against the legislation.

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Siena College Students and  AT&T brought a workshop to East Syracuse Minoa High School Thursday to make students aware of how to deal with Cyberbullying.  One of the most meaningful ways is to intervene by becoming “Upstander Ambassadors," as conveyed in this skit.

“Why do you keep posting pictures of them on Snapchat?" asks a female student.

"Because they're going to the thrift shop.  That's nasty," replied a male student.

New Yorkers with student loans might work in jobs that can knock off part of the debt. But bad advice about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is leaving people left out and facing heftier payments than they planned.  

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About 30 fourth and fifth graders at Syracuse’s Seymour Dual-Language Academy got a hands-on lesson outside Thursday through a project that includes some long-time partners.  WAER News stopped by to get a look at the school’s rain garden.         

The garden sits just outside the playground off Shonnard Street, and Vice Principal Steve Polera says sprucing it up has become a tradition for fifth graders who want to leave a legacy.

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Getting children to think about recess is easy, but getting them to start thinking about college may not be as simple. Onondaga Community College and the Syracuse City School District are working together to plant a seed in students’ minds early. Superintendent Jaime Alicea and O-C-C President Casey Crabill say the partnership will give kids more opportunities.

"One of our goals in the Syracuse City School District is to graduate our students to be college and career ready.  Exposing the students to college at an early age will provide them with opportunities."

"Erie: The Canal that Made America" Official Trailer /

The Erie Canal is credited with the development of much of Upstate New York when construction began 200 years ago. But a locally produced documentary sets out to prove that the impact was felt far beyond New York State.  PBS’s “Erie: the Canal that Made America” will be broadcast nationally next week.

Senior Director of Special Productions at WCNY Television Jim Aroune says the canal can be linked to endless political, cultural, and economic opportunities outside of New York. 

The thousands of college students flooding into Syracuse this month bring along a challenge for those fighting underage drinking.  A new coalition started to help reduce underage and binge drinking among students, which includes prevention experts, colleges and local bars and restaurants. 

Prevention Network’s Phil Rose finds intense drinking on the rise to a level where brain function is actually compromised.

The results of this year’s Common Core related standardized tests show scores for New York’s school children inching up. Around one fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether, due to continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she’s pleased with the progress made in the 2017 test results. While scores improved by nearly 2% from last year, the results show that only around 40% of students in grades three through eight are considered proficient in English and math.