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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Proposed Syracuse charter school would educate refugees, focus on agriculture | syracuse.com

Proposed Syracuse charter school would educate refugees, focus on agriculture | syracuse.com: A former teacher and education lawyer is eying Syracuse as the home for an agriculture-focused charter high school for refugees.

Ellen Eagen, of the newly-formed non-profit Sustainable Sciences and Technology Foundation, plans to begin the process of opening a charter school in Syracuse in December.


OnTECH Charter High School would primarily serve refugees and focus on career technical education in agriculture and related fields

Eagen has lofty goals for the school, including tackling unemployment, undereducated refugees and the high dropout rate in Syracuse. She's hoping those goals propel her through the state's application process.

If all goes smoothly, OnTECH would open in 2017 to a class of ninth-graders. The school would accept about 100 students the first year and grow a class each year until up to 350 students were enrolled.