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RCSD Board President Reacts to Renewed Mayoral Control Talk

Dec 29, 2011

The head of the Rochester City School Board is now calling on the community to rally around education. Board President Malik Evans made the comment after the Democrat and Chronicle reported Assemblyman David Gantt will be re-introducing legislation for mayoral control.

Board president Evans says the last time the Legislature addressed mayoral control - it created a heightened level of divisiveness and fighting in the community, "We need leaders who are going to bring us together around the issue of education and mayoral control does nothing for the community but create division and dissension and I call on people to rally around education to talk about issues at the table together and not put forth legislation that divides people." 

Evans says he hopes residents will view mayoral control as a divisive issue and speak out about it. Gantt is expected to re-introduce the bill at the upcoming legislative session which begins January 4th.

WXXI called Gantt's office for comment - but those calls have not yet been returned.

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