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The proposed STEAM school in the old Syracuse Central High School building cleared its first major hurdle last week when state lawmakers approved the plan.  The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math school is collaboration between the city, county, and area school districts. 


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The statistics about poverty in the Syracuse City School District are well known, but students' needs and the effects of poverty aren't always completely understood. Reggie Kelley started Rise Above Poverty to bring greater awareness to the basic necessities students don’t have and the stigma that they face for not having those items. 


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Poverty affects much of the city of Syracuse, but one area it strikes hardest is Delaware Academy Elementary School.  A reported 98% of the student body sits below the poverty line.  One organization tackled the problem one undergarment at a time this past weekend. 

Food, water, and shelter. Those are “the essentials” that people think of when they donate to the poor.


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Helping young people, reducing incarceration, and better health care are issues The NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County calls “Game Changers” for our community.  The group has laid out its action agenda for the year.  WAER’s Chris Bolt went to the annual report to the community and has more details.

In the second installment of APM Reports: Focused on Education, the conversation shifts to the job market. Apprenticeships are having a moment. Supporters on both the right and the left say the “earn while you learn” approach can help create a more skilled workforce, provide a path to solid, middle-class careers, and serve as a needed corrective to the “college for all” push that has left some students with piles of debt and no obvious career.

In this APM Reports documentary, we ask: How can apprenticeships expand to include careers beyond the traditional trades and reach new populations searching for a foothold in the middle class?


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This past Tuesday WAER aired the first of a special four part series from American Public Media  examining the current state of education. Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

Listen to the first part of this series below, and then join WAER each remaining Tuesday in October at 7pm for the rest of APM Reports: Focused on Education.


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The pursuit of science is often a lifelong process of learning. But what systems are in place to ensure that those unterested in pursuing a career in science are adequately prepared? This week on Science on the Radio, Dr. Marvin Druger talks about the available high school science programs preparing young people to pursue a career in Science.

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The visit of Ivanka Trump to the P-Tech program at Syracuse’s I-T-C school did not go unnoticed by demonstrators who wanted to protest immigration and education policy.  Rae Kramer was there to oppose Trump Administration border actions she calls cruel and racist.  And she believes Ms. Trump could persuade her father on the issue.

Increasingly public schools have to do far more for children than teach reading, math and other subjects.  They’ve become the first line of defense against poverty for the school kids and their families.  Services from nutrition and health, to housing, child care and mental health have become necessities for schools to handle – if they want the students to be in school and prepared to learn. 

WAER’s Chris Bolt spent some time in Franklin Elementary School and found out school social workers are an indispensable link between poverty and school success.

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Cornell University said goodbye this past week to a special group of students who spent a semester in Ithaca because they couldn’t attend college in Puerto Rico.  The special offer came their way after Hurricane Maria devastated much of the Island.  WAER’s Chris Bolt found out the experience had impacts on the students as well as the Cornell community.

Jose DeJesus Szendry and Andrea Valdes Valderamma had one expected reaction when they came to Cornell back in January.

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