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NYS Education Commissioner Tours Schools

Jul 16, 2015

The New York State Education Department late Thursday released its latest list of schools around the state that are struggling academically.

Rochester has 14 schools on that list - 10 labeled "struggling, " and four others "persistently struggling.”  Those (4) schools are:  East, Charlotte and Monroe High Schools and School 9.

The NY State Education Department has released a list of  schools around the state that are identified as struggling academically.

In Rochester, there are 14 districts being named...10 of those labeled "struggling," and four others labeled "persistently struggling'.  Those schools are:  East, Charlotte and Monroe High Schools and School 9.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was in Rochester Thursday and talked about the efforts to help schools on this list.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York education officials say Minnesota-based Questar Assessment is poised to take over development of the grade 3-8 statewide math and English assessments.

The state Education Department says Questar was the winning bidder from among four companies that responded to a request for proposals. Education giant Pearson's contract with New York ends at the end of this year. A department spokeswoman was unable to say whether Pearson was among the losing bidders for the new five-year contract, worth about $44 million.

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RIT officials say they are at the epicenter of a public-private partnership that could catapult the region as a leader in the rapidly growing digital media industry.

During the visit by Governor Cuomo on Thursday as part of the new “Capital for a Day” initiative, it was announced that RIT will receive $12 million in funding from New York state, $3 million from Dell and $12.4 million from Cisco Systems Inc


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state's private colleges and universities have a new, affirmative sexual consent policy to combat campus sexual violence. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Tuesday at New York University at an event that included U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and congressman Charles Rangel. 

The bill has a ``yes means yes'' definition of consent requiring a clear, affirmative agreement between partners. It creates a victim's bill of rights and boosts training for law enforcement, faculty and students. 

RIT Professor Wins National Award

Jul 3, 2015
Lea Vacca Michel
RIT/A. Sue Wexler

RIT associate professor of chemistry Lea Vacca Michel has won a national award for inspiring women in the fields of science and technology.

Michel is director of an RIT program called WISE - for Women in Science.

The success of the program made her one of 100 women to win the national INSIGHT Into Diversity award, from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, for encouraging young women to consider STEM careers.

Roberts Wesleyan College is reorganizing the way it handles its academic programs.  The Chili college is creating five new schools, headed up by deans who come from existing faculty.

Currently, Roberts Wesleyan has two schools, Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional studies. Those names will go away, and now there will be the following schools and deans:

* School of Arts and Humanities: Scott Caton

* School of Business: Steven Bovee

* School of Natural and Social Sciences: Julie Grimm

* School of Nursing: Cheryl Crotser

A report from the New York Civil Liberties Union claims New York State schools are not compliant with anti-discrimination laws regarding transgender students.

Five years ago, New York passed the Dignity for All Students act. The New York Civil Liberties Union says this gave the state some of the most powerful laws on the books protecting transgender and gender non conforming students.

Roland Williams Wants Rochester to "Give 5" (or more)

Jun 24, 2015
Alex Crichton

East High Grad and former NFL player Roland Williams has announced more financial support for his mentoring and empowerment initiative, Champion Academy, and kicked off a new campaign called "Give 5."

"To give 5 seconds to share this program on their social media networks, to give 5 minutes a week to be an e mentor on our e mentoring program, and hopefully give 5 dollars, or more, to our crowdfunding campaign," Williams said.

There's more information coming out about a student at the University of Rochester who has filed a complaint about the way the university handled her allegation of sexual assault.

The Huffington Post says it has spoken to the woman about her experience, and who asked to be identified only by her first name, Abigail. The woman is no longer a student at the U of R.