Syracuse City Schools

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More than 900 Syracuse City school children will be going home with a backpack full of food every weekend thanks to a program that aims to fill gaps in hunger for under resourced families.  It’s called “Blessings in a Backpack,” which has grown this year to include five schools. 


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Students are Back to School this week in the Syracuse area.  For some, part of summer vacation was spent learning through activities that introduced them to new areas of study and career fields.  The Syracuse City School District has significantly expanded their career-focused education in P-TECH and C-TECH programs to engage students and held summer internships.  Meanwhile, a new charter school, OnTECH High School opened this week and is not career specific and allows students to determine their own interests.  WAER’s John Smith takes us on a journey through the programs and talks with edu

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The state education department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.


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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. 

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Numerous findings of bed bugs in Syracuse City Schools has the District working with various stakeholders to find the source of the problem.  At least 9 City schools have been confirmed with bed bugs showing-up this semester.  Chief Operations Officer Dean Desantis says the District’s Social Workers will often accompany the City Codes Enforcer to visit affected homes of students.

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Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Mayor Howie Hawkins pointed to the crumbling condition of the Westside Academy at Blodgett today as an example of the inequality of education in the city. Hawkins scolded the Joint School construction board for failing to make the school a priority, leaving families uncertain about the future. 

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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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Wednesday marked the first day of school for the students of the Syracuse City School District. Mayor Stephanie Miner and Superintendent Jaime Alicea visited classrooms at Franklin Elementary to encourage students to start their school year off on the right foot.  Mayor Miner generated some excitement for learning how to read with her reading challenge.

The Syracuse City School Board could soon develop a policy requiring new school district hires to live within city limits.  Syracuse Common Councilors passed a resolution today that asks the School Board to create and enact such a residency policy.  The measure was sponsored by Councilor Susan Boyle, who hopes to build on a similar resolution from 2006.

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A huge gathering of about 500 education officials, parents and students from across the state were bused to Albany on Tuesday to rally for $4.3 billion in state education funding for public schools.  The Alliance for Quality Education is making the case early in the budget season but, they feel the funds can’t come quickly enough.  Legislative Director Jasmine Gripper says students are not always graduating college ready.

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