Arthur Levine wrote a powerful opinion article in this past weekend’s edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In “Colleges and the Rebirth of the American Dream,” he detailed the numerous plights that now face urban school children and compared their adolescent experiences in the South Bronx, New York, to his own. In addition, he mentioned the exemplary work being done in our partner district Syracuse and the Say Yes to Education program, which guarantees that every student will attend college and works with the higher education institutions to be ready to serve their students. Levine advocated the program and explained the importance of supporting its growth:
“[W]e must … open up the nation’s campuses to better serve those populations and work with school districts and government officials to build guaranteed access and financial support.”
ERS works closely with both the Syracuse City School District and Say Yes to explore new ways of leveraging a larger set of resources, finding efficiencies, and leveraging expertise from several sectors including universities, the county, the mayor, the schools, and the union. We are thrilled to be a part of their mission and to help the effort live up to its promise of sending every child to college ready to learn.
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