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Say Yes to Education gives four-year progress report

May 30, 2012

Erin Martin Kane
(315) 443-9186

Local officials, leadership from the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) and SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor joined Say Yes to Education founder George Weiss at a news conference today to give a four-year report on the progress of Say Yes to Education in Syracuse.

In an auditorium filled with parents, supporters, Say Yes scholars and elementary school students, Weiss told of the many ways Say Yes is improving the lives of children here. Since the program first launched in 2009, nearly 2,000 SCSD students have enrolled in college, many walking the halls here at SU. Equally impressive: the number of students leaving school after ninth grade has decreased by 44 percent, and the number of ninth grade students passing the algebra Regents exam is up by 31 percent.

"We're seeing very promising impacts of Say Yes to Education in multiple directions," says Cantor. "It's still early, but the signs are strong that Say Yes is making a difference in the schools, in homes, in families and across the community. These promising students help make our campuses more vibrant intellectually and culturally by bringing their broad range of talents and life experiences to us."

To download the progress report, click here.

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