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Education
11:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

RCSD Supt. Recommends Closing Charlotte High School

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Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is recommending that Charlotte High School be closed in the 2017-18 school year. 

It’s a case of officials wanting to be proactive about what the future holds for that school.

Under a proposal just announced by the superintendent, Charlotte High School would be phased out over the next two years.

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Education
5:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Large Bequest Helps W. Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center Continue

There's a reprieve for an area educational preserve, thanks to a large bequest.

West  Irondequoit School District officials say a woman who died earlier this year left a total of $600,000 to go toward operation of the Helmer Nature Center.

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Education
4:36 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Report: Excessive Use of Suspensions in the City School District

One in ten Rochester City School District student was suspended during the 2012-13 school year.

That from the groups Metro Justice and Alliance for a Quality Education, based on statistics provided to them by the district.

James Bearden is co-chair for the Alliance for Quality Education/Metro Justice education committee.

He says of those suspended, nearly half were for "other disruptive incidents," which isn't clearly defined, and at least 88 percent were suspended for non-violent offenses.

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Education
6:41 am
Sat November 15, 2014

SUNY Chancellor Declines Pay Raise

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The head of New York's public university system says she doesn't want a raise at the moment.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wrote to the SUNY board chairman this week saying that she appreciates that the board has considered increasing her pay, but would decline a change in her compensation package.

State records show Zimpher was paid a total of $658,000 last year, including a base salary of $490,000.

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Connections
4:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Connections: Education Friday - What About the Rural Districts?

So much discussion of school funding focuses on urban districts. But now, a number of rural western New York districts are raising a collective voice, warning of “big inequities” and “dire consequences.” They’ve pulled in the business community, too. We have two rural superintendents to talk about this: 

  • Matt Cole, superintendent of Livonia Schools
  • Ken Ellison, superintendent of Pavillion Schools
Connections
4:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Connections: Education Friday - Ellwanger Barry Nursery School

So you’re not inclined to home school, but you worry that schools are pushing kids too early toward “academic rigor?” There’s a school that tries to split the difference and honor the older model of early childhood education, it's called the Ellwanger Barry Nursery School. We talk with Tom Moore, a teacher at the school, along with a parent, Hannah Murphy, and a student, Francesca Batek. 

Education
12:15 am
Wed November 12, 2014

UR Ranked Highly For Impact Of Life Sciences Research

The University of Rochester has been identified by the journal  Nature Biotechnology  as one of the top 10 universities in the nation for the impact of its life sciences research.

The publication ranked universities based on their research funding and technology commercialization. According to the report, the U of R ranked 8th in the country.

Last  year, the university completed eight licensing agreements with pharmaceutical and medical device start-ups and research supply companies.

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Education
5:09 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Study Says Action Video Games Can Boost Learning Abilities

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A new study by researchers at the University of Rochester says that playing video games can boost learning skills. But it's not every game that will help you improve your brain power.

The study says it is action games, like the very popular Call of Duty, that has a positive effect on learning skills, rather than a more passive game, such as The Sims.

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Education
1:56 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

RIT Says Research Funding Is Up 12 Percent

RIT says its sponsored research portfolio grew by 12 percent in the current fiscal year, reaching nearly $53 million in funding.

The university says it received a record 410 new awards  this year from a variety of state, federal, corporate and foundation sponsors. Officials say it has included funding for new areas such as health-related technology and computing and information security. RIT says it is also growing in terms of receiving funding for some of its traditional areas such as sustainability and imaging science.

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Education
1:37 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

UR's Endowment Grows to More than $2 Billion

The University of Rochester's endowment has exceeded 2 billion dollars in long-term investments for the first time.

President Joel Seligman credits increases in the stock market for much of the growth, as well as the university's on-going capital campaign.

The university president explains the funds help the college finance the best and brightest.

“For example, we have created 86 new endowed professorships during our capital campaign. That provides resources to hire or retain some of the great stars in the country,” said Seligman.

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