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A group of RIT students are finalists in a national competition designed to challenge propaganda by extremist groups.

The competition is sponsored in part by the U.S. State Department as a way of countering hateful extremist rhetoric, by groups like ISIS and others, in various online sites and social media.

And a group of 17 RIT students, many of them marketing majors, is now one of three finalists in this competition which also includes a team from Azerbaijan and Brussels.

A new code of conduct for the Rochester City School District was passed Thursday night in a unanimous decision by the Rochester City School Board. 

Overuse of suspension was the main issue many had with the old code, says Sallie Williams, an education organizer for the group Metro Justice.

"Anything under the umbrella of suspension like I didn’t take off my hat, I won’t listen, I’m talking back - there’s 2,3,5 days of suspension."

Williams says many believe that ultimately this use of exclusionary discipline pushed children out of the schools.

A top Rochester City School District Official is leaving for Long Island.

Deputy Superintendent for Administration Adele Bovard is leaving to be a Deputy Superintendent in the Syosset School District.

In a letter sent to staff, interim RCSD Superintendent Linda Cimusz said that Bovard has been integral in linking the functions of central administration to classroom instruction.

Bovard was Supt. of the Webster Central School District before she came to Rochester in 2014.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York is changing the high school graduation requirements for some students with disabilities. 

The policy-making Board of Regents adopted rules Tuesday that will let students earn a local diploma even if they don't pass five state Regents exams. 

The rules become effective on June 20, in time for this year's seniors. They apply to students with IEPs, or Individualized Education Programs. Disabilities covered by such programs include physical, intellectual and emotional impairments. 

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More than $1.6 million in federal funds from the National Science Foundation is going to the University of Rochester.

That according to New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand who say that more than $1 million of that money  will allow researchers to identify ways to improve education and training for students in the geosciences, which is important in areas like climate change, energy resources and predicting earthquake activity.

NEW YORK (AP)  A U.S. senator says federal education officials should be forcing colleges that are struggling to stay afloat to notify students the schools are on the brink of closure as soon as they realize they are in dire financial straits. 

Sen. Charles Schumer says the notice would allow students to make decisions about their future and avoid panic caused when schools announce their closing within days of shutting down. 

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Five 4-year olds from West Irondequoit will attend pre-school at Rochester's School # 50 this fall. 

West Irondeqouit school superintendent Jeff Crane says we have a moral imperative to come up with opportunities for all kids to have safe and positive learning environments that are diverse.

"Why would we think that the educational institutions should be so different than the society for which students will prepare themselves and confront?"

St. John Fisher College is moving ahead with construction of a new chapel.  It is a 9,000-square-foot sanctuary that will be built adjacent to Kearney Hall.

It's named the Hermance Family Chapel, and the $3.34 million building is being funded entirely by philanthropic efforts, led by a gift from the Hermance Family Foundation.

Monroe Community College students may be facing an increase of $300 per academic year, after a vote Monday by the college's board of trustees.

The board voted to increase the nutrition rate 8 percent for county residents in the 2016-17 school year, up to $4,100.

Out-of-state students will pay $8,200 annually, up from $7,600 the previous year.

College spokeswoman Cynthia Cooper Mapes says that while state aid is at the 2009 level, the cost of providing a quality college education has increased.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $285,000 grant to the University of Rochester to fund photonics research.

That according to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter who says the money will help train graduate students in optics and polymer science. The grant will be used to study polymers capable of light emission as chemists work to develop them for the biomedical imaging of tumors.

She says the grant will build on photonics research being done every day in Rochester.

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