Public School and Higher Education News

John Smith, WAER News

Dozens teachers and their supporters wore black t-shirts on the first day of the State Fair on Thursday with a pretty direct message for the Governor… “Call Out Cuomo.” The only problem was, he wasn’t there to see it firsthand. However, he did send Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul who acknowledged the teachers when asked by the media.    

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  A group of students from New York City is spending the week enjoying Central New York’s slower pace and environment.  The students are part of a program that might just launch them into science careers.

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Data collected by a team of local researchers concludes an experiment of sorts launched about five years ago by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County seems to be working…and very well.  In 2010, the coalition and its many community partners started enrolling select Syracuse children in a program that sent books to their homes in hopes of starting good reading habits with parents. 

   It’s called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Dr.  Jeff Craig is Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support at OCM BOCES.

Nearly 289 million people are active users on Twitter. But Vera House intern Elizabeth Scheemaker  says she isn’t one of them.

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  Henninger High School’s principal is just back from a summit at the White House on school discipline.  Rob DiFlorio joined Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras and other school officials to share experiences about suspensions, which are on a dramatic rise nationwide.

“We’ve realized, and the research has been very supportive, suspensions don’t really change students’ behavior.  What can we do to change students’ behavior and maintain safe schools.” 

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  Eighty Syracuse-area middle school students have spent the past week gathering water and soil samples, catching insects, observing fish,  and studying mud boils in Tully to learn more about the Onondaga Lake watershed.  It’s the tenth year of Honeywell's Summer Science Week, which is organized by the Museum of Science and Technology.  Solvay 8th grader Sidney Chafee wants to go into marine biology or a related field.  She enjoyed learning about the restoration of the lake’s wetlands after decades of pollution.

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The history of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is an important story in Central New York and really throughout the state.  A unique project “Harriet Was Here” brought elementary students together with musicians and historians found a unique way to teach those lessons.


  A law to protect LGBT children in New York schools is not working well, especially for transgender youth.  An NYCLU study on the impact of the 2010 Dignity for All act found almost 5000 complaints in schools for gender identity harassment, more than any other kind of complaint.  A woman the group is calling “Michelle” has a 15 year-old transgender daughter, who she says had to leave school because she was a constant target.

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  Seniors from Corcoran High School we’re out enjoying the nice day with a picnic just for them Monday at Santaro Park on Onondaga Hill.  They signed a board indicating where they’ll enjoy a tuition-free education through the Say Yes to Education program. It’s a perk that’s provided to all graduating students in good academic standing in the Syracuse City School District.  Jakubek  Wicks decided he wanted to pursue his love of music in his hometown.

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  The growing Agri-business and food processing industries in Central New York are calling for specially trained workers and skill sets. Onondaga Community College is developing the curriculum to support employee demand by partnering with the state and employers.