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Syracuse’s P-tech school at the Institute of technology received a guest Monday that they hope will champion the program on a national level. 

First daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump praised the school, local colleges, and business partners for their roles in preparing the local workforce.

Ms. Trump hosted a roundtable discussion to learn more about how the specialized high school curriculum connects students to local companies through mentorships and job shadowing, which could lead to future jobs. 

About 90 Franklin Elementary School 3rd graders had a chance Thursday to get their feet wet and learn a bit about the environment in their own back yards.

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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.

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

Feb 27, 2018
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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." 

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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."

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Thursday marked the first day on the job for Jaime Alicea as the new superintendent of the Syracuse city schools.   The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove the word “interim” from his title.

Alicea says he never thought he’d become superintendent when the Puerto Rican native  began as a kindergarten teaching assistant at Seymour Elementary in 1983.

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The Syracuse City School District’s four-year graduation rate took a big jump last year.  Numbers released Friday by the state education department show nearly 61 percent of students graduated last year…a 6.4 four percent increase over 2015.  That compares to a more modest 1.3 percent increase statewide to 79.4 percent.  Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea says the district’s strategy to cater to the needs of individual students has been working.

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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".

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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.

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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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