Syracuse City School District

Time is starting to run out for Central New York parents who haven’t vaccinated their children if they’re attending school next week.  A new state law requires ALL students to be vaccinated, or to have their first dose of vaccines during the first 14 days of school.  Religious exemptions are no longer allowed, but students can get a medical exemption if they're immunocompromised or allergic to vaccine components. 

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Members of the Syracuse Youth Advisory Council have spent the past few months researching issues and concerns facing their peers, and today, they made their final presentations to common councilors.  Students in grades 9 to 12 apply for the 11 spots, and have the chance to try and influence change.  One group focused on the lack of diversity among the school district’s teachers and other leaders.  ITC student Donovan Collins doesn’t see many teachers who look like him or can relate to him.

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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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On a recent Saturday morning about 300 people filled a cafeteria at Corcoran High School.  They stand around tables in solidarity to show their concern for black and brown students and join together in song.

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Syracuse Schools Superintendent Jaime Alicea is working with the state education department to figure out the best path forward for three struggling schools.  State officials say Danforth Middle, Dr. King, and Westside Academy at Blodgett middle school face independent receivership or an internal overhaul. 

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The Syracuse City School District has reached an agreement with city government to hire  – and pay for – police officers to serve as School Resource Officers.

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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

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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Danforth Middle School in Syracuse has been awarded a $5,000 dollar to support additional STEM programming.  The school will create a new afterschool club through the STEM Talent Pipeline Grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.   Spokesperson Laura Perloff says the “hands-on” training could lead to one of the currently more than 53,000 bio-pharmaceutical jobs in New York.

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WAER’s City Limits Project – investigating poverty in Syracuse turned its focus to education.  How is poverty impacting schools and adult education?  And how much is the basic mission of these institutions changing as they have to deal with the effects of poverty in our community? 

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When you’re inside a school as students are heading to class, the energy and the expectation should be that learning is about to take place to enrich the students.