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      'iZone' program officially launches plan to improve education in city schools

      Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and City School Superintendent Sharon Contreras were at Porter Elementary today for the iZone kick-off celebration. The iZone, or Innovation Zone, is a pilot program designed to help raise the performance of Syracuse City Schools.

      The iZone is focusing on seven west and southwest side schools with programs to help boost student performance and get kids ready for college.

      Bellevue Elementary, Porter Elementary, Seymour Elementary, Danforth Middle, Frazer K-8, Van Duyn Elementary and Westside Academy at Blodgett Middle are the schools taking part in the iZone program. The program extends the school day by an hour for students, devoting the extra time to additional academic programming.

      â??We will no longer accept 53% of our children not graduating from high school, our children not thinking they are entitled to an education, or people saying not everybody is meant for college,â?? said Mayor Miner.

      City officials hope iZone can foundationally change the way education is approached and executed in Syracuse.