Education news

A local task force has extended the comment period  on the new proposed new code of conduct for Rochester City Schools.

Originally the deadline for submitting online comments was August 31st. Now that's been extended until September 19th.  Officials with the Rochester Community Task Force on School Climate  say that as of last Friday, about 280 survey responses came in.

The Buffalo Bills and a group called the Local Initiative Support Corporation have donated $200,000 to the Rochester City School District.

The money will help build a synthetic turf football field at the Franklin Campus. It's through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant Program.



The Rochester City School District plans to shake things up in the classroom with some new math moves this September.  The Math & Movement program pairs physical activity with crunching numbers, and is designed to help kids learn more, retain more and gain valuable basic math skills while exercising their bodies as well as their minds.


(AP & WXXI News)  New York education officials say the state's third- through eighth-grade students did slightly better on Common Core-aligned math and English assessments than last year, but the majority of students still aren't considered proficient in the subjects. 

Results released Wednesday show that 31.3 percent of students scored at the proficient level on the April English tests, compared to 30.6 percent last year and 31.1 percent in 2013. 

Michelle Faust

Three weeks before the school year officially starts, Monday about half of the students from Rochester’s Monroe High School sauntered in for classes. 583 students, who didn’t have other summer learning programs, began a special summer curriculum at the Fredrick Douglas Educational Campus.

The summer program is one approach to bring up student achievement in the struggling school. It is one of 14 in the district at risk of being taken over by the state. Vicky Ramos, Monroe High School principal, says the approach is meant to engage the 7th through 12th graders.


Rochester School District officials say they’ve made progress in increasing attendance, but they are intensifying those efforts with the new school year about to start.

District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has put a big emphasis on improving attendance, especially in the lower grades, and a recent report shows there has been some progress.

"Receivership" Hearings Set

Aug 1, 2015

The first of ten public hearings on how the Rochester School District intends to improve schools "in receivership" is Monday night at 5:30.

If you need a ride, the district is providing shuttle buses from School 34 to district headquarters on West Broad Street and back.

Thirteen district schools were placed in receivership by the state education department, for performing in the bottom five-percent of schools in New York.

If the schools don't show significant student improvement, someone else will chosen to operate them.

Prepping Those with Disabilities for Competitive Jobs

Jul 28, 2015

The Arc of Monroe, in conjunction with several other partners, is providing new employment opportunities for those with developmental disabilities.

Through Project SEARCH, nine people are now unpaid interns at area hotels.

But Arc of Monroe CEO Barbara Wale says the goal of the program is to train and educate people with disabilities for competitive employment.

"We're really very excited to be able to work with our partners and excited for people with developmental disabilities to truly show the community they have skills, talent and abilities."

Bishop Kearney High School has named a new President.

Steve Salluzzo succeeds Tom O'Neil, who has been the CEO and President since 2010. O'Neil will remain in his role as CEO and continue to support the Catholic school's strategic direction.

Officials say the addition of Salluzzo will enhance Bishop Kearney's leadership team with his strong background in education and administration. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the school, fundraising and marketing efforts.

Higher Education Is Key To Photonics Partnership

Jul 27, 2015
University of Rochester

Education, business and government: The three way partnership that led to Rochester becoming home of a federal American Institute for Manufacturing in Photonics.

At least two of this area’s college presidents are ready for the challenge outlined by Vice President Joe Biden, who said a trained workforce is a key to success.

RIT President Dr. Bill Destler agrees.