N.Y. district adopts community-centered education model

Students in Syracuse, N.Y., have access to a holistic education model, thanks to the city's partnership with New York City-based Say Yes to Education. The partnership has given more students access to tutoring, mental-health services and free college tuition. It also has led to more teacher training, including special-education training created by Syracuse University. "There is a laserlike focus on the needs of students, but not just the academic needs you see in some districts," Syracuse Schools Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras said, adding, "We look at disciplinary referrals, but we also look at health."

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