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About 100 Syracuse middle school students made their voices heard Thursday at a first-ever symposium designed to collect feedback on their educational experience.  Most were candid with their answers on sensitive topics, including this panel of students who were asked if they felt their peers were treated differently based on race.

This was one of many groups of mixed students at the event who discussed the varying perceptions of race among students and faculty.

Many of the middle school students also see their peers regarded differently when it comes to discipline.

John Smith / WAER News

High school students at five Syracuse City Schools declared today what colleges they’ll be headed off to in the fall.  At Nottingham High School, students approached a table and signed a sheet of paper indicating their choice.  Counselor Tracey Daige says the school tries to ensure that every student has an opportunity prior to graduation to get enrolled into at least one college course.

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  A group of students from Henninger High School delivered hundreds of signatures to state lawmakers' offices here in Syracuse Monday pushing for more school funding. The students think they might have a strong voice to push for change. 

John Smith / WAER News

As new buildings rise in Syracuse or transportation infrastructure is improved, the next budding construction and civil engineers could also be dreaming up new designs and solutions. Syracuse University cut the ribbon on a new construction engineering lab this morning. The space will allow students to create practice exercises similar to actual construction site activity.

Chancellor Kent Syverud thinks the lab could have a real connection between future area projects and students.

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

The newly elected Chancellor to the Board of Regents,  Betty Rosa , expressed grave doubts about the state’s use of standardized tests in the schools, saying if she were not on the Board of Regents, she would join the opt out movement and not permit her children to take the tests.

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  School districts in Central New York and across the state are wondering just what state aid they’ll receive now that the assembly and senate have rolled out their one-house education budget proposals.  Doctor Rick Timbs says districts are hedging their bets.  He is executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium based in the Syracuse area.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse common councilors took time out Monday to recognize 18 accomplished middle and high school students who are heading to a world robotics competition in Kentucky next month.  The Corcoran Cougar robotics team was one of the teams from the Syracuse City School District to advance from the Northern New York State championship at OCC. 

   Junior Kelsey Lent-Moore says it wasn’t a bad showing considering they scrapped their original design after one of the competitions.

All Onondaga County Kids Under 5 Now Eligible for Free Book Program

Mar 2, 2016
Matt Gutierrez / WAER

  Wearing their red and white-striped Dr. Seuss hats, one dozen children sat in a circle and listened to a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Are You My Mother?” today.  They sat on the front steps of a replica City Hall inside WCNY’s Education Center in observance of “Read Across America Day.”

"I must get something for my baby bird to eat, she said. I'll be back," County Executive Joanie Mahoney read to the group of children.  

Jeddy Johnson / WAER News

LeMoyne college graduate students are studying to be occupational therapists in a location that puts them in the middle of the action.  Officials cut the ribbon and blessed the newly renovated 10,000 square foot classroom and lab space today in Hanover Square. 

   Professor and Chair of LeMoyne’s occupational therapy program Ivelisse Lazzarini says the location for the new program is essentially a living laboratory.

City Officials Say Syracuse Schools Face Funding Gap

Feb 16, 2016
John Smith / WAER News

Local politicians and Educations officials says Syracuse City Schools are overdue $63 million in State Education Aid.  It dates back to 2007 when the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit was won. Two years later, however, the Alliance for Quality Education says cuts were made that haven’t been restored.  Now officials—such as the organization’s Executive Director Billy Easton—say a $2.4 billion increase in aid to school districts state-wide is necessary.

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