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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say they have launched an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Trevyan Rowe.

He is the 14 year old Rochester boy who went missing on March 9th, and was found dead in the Genesee River, four days later near downtown.

Rochester School District officials have previously said they were looking for an independent investigation to determine just what happened.

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The tragic death of a teen with autism is raising questions about whether students with disabilities are getting the support they need at school.

Barbara Deane Williams, superintendent of the Rochester City School District, said Trevyan Rowe  -- who died in the Genesee River after wandering away from School 12 -- was classified by the district as having learning disabilities, but he was not classified with autism.


Late Monday afternoon, Rochester Police said that the Monroe County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the body pulled from the Genesee River on Sunday is that of 14 year old Trevyan Rowe.

In the wake of the death of Rowe, who had autism, the Mary Cariola Children's Center is planning to host an event later this month designed to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

Superintendent Christine Sheffer says Cariola staff educate and care for children with autism every day.

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A former East High School student remains in jail awaiting a court appearance March 15th after allegedly making terroristic threats against the school.

Abigail Hernandez, a student in the Rochester City School District, pleaded not guilty Monday.

The threat over social media came down February 15th, and East High superintendent Shaun Nelms says the school was quick to respond to the alleged threats, and has had the opportunity to revisit its protocols since the incident.

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The Parkland school shooting was almost two weeks ago, and local districts are still responding and working with students to process it.

Carlos Garcia, spokesman for the Rochester City School District says they always take situations like these seriously and because of the size of the district, they can offer a number of services for those in need.

"We do tend to be as alert as possible when it comes to these types of situations simply because we realize that students are affected very differently from student to student as well as from family to family."

The Rochester City School District still has a long ways to go in coming up with a budget for the upcoming school year, but the initial numbers show about a $65 million budget gap.

School Board President Van White says this isn’t particularly surprising since the district often faces a shortfall early in the budget cycle.

He says as with any large organization, employee costs are among the drivers behind the expenses, including the cost of health care, and negotiated contracts.


The leader of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester will be in Washington on Tuesday meeting with Congressional leaders and others in an effort to make sure that lab is still funded in the next fiscal year.

In a statement on the lab’s website, Director Michael Campbell says that a paragraph buried in the federal budget details on the Department of Energy website states that the agency plans to “ramp down” federal support for the U of R lab over a three-year period.


The school board in the town of Greece is sending a letter to lawmakers, the State Education Department and Board of Regents, the governor and others outlining how the current state assessment system for grades three through eight is failing students.

President of the Greece Board of Education, Sean McCabe, says the growing Opt Out movement, now at around 40 percent, is skewing the data from the English Language Arts and Math standards.

Ogden Police say they are working with the Spencerport School District after there were rumors of threats to the high school on social media over the last 12 hours.

Police and Spencerport district officials say the matter has been investigated and the district does not believe its schools or students are in any danger.

But Ogden PD says that for the “safety and peace of mind” of students and their families, police will have officers stations at the school on Friday.

Students at Spencerport were following a normal instructional day on Friday.

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University of Rochester President Joel Seligman delivered his farewell address at the Memorial Art Gallery late Tuesday afternoon.