Public School and Higher Education News

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Seasoned journalists from the front lines of the Syrian conflict told an audience at Syracuse University Thursday that the media has fallen short on how it chooses to cover the humanitarian crisis.  Sherine Tadros spent most of her career as a Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English, and now serves as head of the UN office of Amnesty International.  She recalls reporting from Turkey as refugees arrived.

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A new mural will now greet students and visitors as they enter Syracuse’s LeMoyne Elementary School. The mural depicts the five Native American nations coming together to create the Haudenosaunee confederacy.  Andy Mager with neighbors of the Onondaga Nation says the mural will help to educate residents about the history that happened right in their own backyard.

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  The seventh grade students at Ed Smith Elementary School’s concerns go beyond the average teen angst, they’re fighting for a greener tomorrow.

Ed Smith was presented with OCRRA’s Mastri Recycling Excellence Award Monday. The seventh graders are the backbone of Ed Smiths’ greener initiative. They’re so invested that students such as Kyle Giardine sacrifice their much-anticipated lunch period to monitor energy usage and recycling in classrooms

  The swift closure of I-T-T Technical Institute in Liverpool has placed many students in a precarious situation.  Some other colleges are looking at the closing as an opportunity for students to apply.  The Dean of University College at Syracuse University, Bea Gonzalez says it’s very possible that some I-T-T class credits will transfer over.

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  Syracuse School children and teachers officially got their new semester started Wednesday in all but one city school.  A few of them had some special guests with encouragement – and some challenges on their minds.

Salem Hyde Principal Patricia Floyd Eccles greeted children…and had Mayor Stephanie Miner and Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea in tow…ready to kick start the year.

Miner told the students that they "look smart and engaged and ready to be here".


The state’s education commissioner , Mary Ellen Elia says she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King,  to punish schools with a high opt out rate from the standardized tests.

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  Thirty girls from Syracuse-area high schools are the first to complete the region’s inaugural science, technology, engineering and math summer camp.   The week-long CNY Stem Summer Camp for Young Women was hosted by Le Moyne College.  Camp director Meriel Stokoe says many similar camps end in middle school.

That's why this camp was so perfect," Stokoe said.  "I've heard from a few of them that they kind of aged out of stuff.  So, I'm hoping in the future that people won't forget about high school girls.”                         

It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children. But advocates say in the decade since the 2006 ruling, many so called high needs schools have fallen even further behind.

  The Alliance for Quality Education looked at the school aid in the state budget allotted to 161 of the poorest schools among the over 700 districts in New York.

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  The Fowler High School Class of 2016 graduates Thursday, but seniors put on their caps and gowns a day early to parade through local elementary schools. High fives and cheers could be seen and heard in the hallways of Bellevue Elementary School, with younger kids holding signs to congratulate the passing high schoolers. Graduating seniors Juliana Rodriguez and Ramel Davis say the excitement was palpable.

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Heavy trucks and construction equipment didn’t stop a few dozen Syracuse university staff and faculty from holding a protest of the pedestrian promenade project that got underway Tuesday.  Renderings show the project will eliminate the roadway in favor of a more accessible plaza along University Place between S. Crouse Ave. and College Place, with seating, improved landscaping, and lighting.  Newhouse professor Tula Goenka  says it won’t help students.