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Plan to Curb Boycott of Standardized Tests Creates a Backlash

The state education commissioner’s plans to quell the testing opt out movement is getting some backlash from some Republicans in the legislature, including a former teacher. At a recent conference held by the teacher’s group Educators for Excellence, State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she plans to try to convince parents not have their children repeat this year’s boycott of standardized tests associated with the Common Core learning standards, which resulted in 20% of students...
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Let's talk about work culture. About work-life balance. About pushing employees without breaking them. Those subjects have been on the minds of many after the New York Times published a long piece examining the work culture inside Amazon. We'll sit down with local executives to talk about what they expect of their employees, and how they approach the question of balance. Our guests:

  • Luaren Dixon, CEO, Dixon Schwabl
  • Maureen Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources, ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Kathy Metcalf, marketing communication manager, Clark Patterson Lee
  • Jim Rahmlow, partner, Mengel Metzger Barr

We're focusing on integrity and values-based leadership, which might sound nebulous at first glance. But a team of local business and retired military leaders is concerned about the lack of values-based leadership just about everywhere: the board room, the church, the ballpark, the political arena. How to change that? They'll explain their approach. Our guests:

  • Carin Cole, assistant dean of the Simon School at the University of Rochester
  • John Batiste, retired U.S. Army Major General and co-founder of Level Five Associates
  • Robert Mixon, retired U.S. Army Major General and co-founder of Level Five Associates

CooperVision, the contact lens company that has operations in the Rochester area, is celebrating the move to its new corporate offices. That operation has moved from Woodcliff in Perinton to Victor's High Point Development.

About 325 people are employed there, and the company's President of North America, Jerry Warner, says the new space will allow more room for the company's growth.

He says it's possible they could add people down the line.

"Race for Space" in Downtown Rochester

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Alex Crichton

A new business competition aims to spur the growth of retail in downtown Rochester.

Organizers announced details of the "Race for the Space" contest this morning.

The plan gives applicants the opportunity to work with coaches and industry experts on a business plan, which they will pitch to a panel of judges.

The winner will get five thousand square feet of retail space at 127 East Avenue downtown, rent-free for a year.

The contest was developed by the team that formed the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Wednesday's on-air murders of a Virginia television reporter and cameraman are generating some discussion about social media.

The man who fatally shot Alison Parker and Adam West took graphic video of the killings and posted it on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

RIT Social media expert Mike Johansson says even though the sites quickly removed the video, it was first seen by users who shared it with others and was captured so that the graphic footage may be available indefinitely for anyone who takes the time to look for it.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday.

The nation's largest contact lens companies are asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to strike down the measure that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.

Alcon Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb call the law a brazen overreach written specifically to help Utah-based discount seller 1-800 Contacts.

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, August 27th

16 hours ago

First hour: Looking for integrity in the boardroom, capitol, church, and ballpark

Second hour: Work culture, life balance, and lessons from the NYT story on Amazon

The recent downturn in the financial markets may have some impact on the Fed's decision on whether to raise interest rates. But a top Fed official says they still need more data.   

There has been widespread speculation the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates this year, maybe as soon as September. But the recent gyrations on Wall Street may be causing some second thoughts about that.

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More than 50 protesters gathered outside the Federal Building in Rochester late Wednesday afternoon in support of  a nuclear arms deal with Iran. They also wanted to try and get New York's senior Senator to reverse his position on the agreement. 

The demonstrators say they wanted to thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for supporting the deal, and they wanted to let Senator Chuck Schumer know they feel he's out of sync with a lot of Americans in opposing it.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was at the Monroe Community College Applied Technologies Center speaking with members of the Workforce Development group, including business and education leaders like Danny Wegman, Augie Melendez of the Hillside-Work Scholarship Connection, Anne Kress from MCC, and others.

They all delivered informal presentations and answered questions about what they're doing to put Rochester back to work.

Heastie was particularly interested in MCC's efforts to design its curriculum around current and emerging industries in the area.


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