Education news

The Charles Finney School has received a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor.

Officials say the gift will be used for a number of enhancements at the private Christian school in Penfield.

Half of the money will be invested into an endowment. The other half will be used for a variety of improvements, the largest of those being a new outdoor athletic complex.  That project is set to break ground in early June.

Some of the money will also be used toward an online learning program for students.

The Greece Central School community is mourning the loss of longtime Greece Arcadia principal Leslie Flick.

She died Saturday after a battle with breast cancer.

Flick, who grew up in Greece,  was 50 years old. The Irondequoit resident had been principal since 2004. Before that, she was a teacher in schools that included Byron-Bergen, York, and Eastridge High School, and was also an administrator in Fairport and Victor.

Members of the trauma, illness and grief team will be available for students and staff Saturday until 3 p.m. and again during school hours Monday.

Cell Phone Inventor at U of R's Hajim Design Day

Apr 28, 2016
Alex Crichton

The man who invented the cell phone says he expected his idea would catch on someday, but he never expected to see what's happening now.

Martin Cooper visited the University of Rochester during the annual Hajim Design Day, where senior engineering students put their inventions and devices on display.

Cooper says the fundamental idea behind cellular telephony came from Bell Laboratories in 1947. 

And its parent company AT&T decided to make car telephones. 

When Hillary Clinton visits the Rochester area on Friday, she will also make another stop to speak before a state teacher's convention.

Clinton is scheduled to speak at MCC's Brighton campus between 6 and 7pm, and then address more than 2,000 delegates to New York State United Teachers' annual representative assembly at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center during a program that begins at 7:30 p.m.

That appearance by Clinton is not open to the general public. 

The Pittsford School District has released information about water quality tests on various fixtures in its buildings.

District officials say a voluntary test was conducted by an independent consultant to test each schools drinking and service water for lead.

The raw data showed that of the 228 water samples tested, 20 of them showed lead levels above the EPA guidelines for schools.

The district says that where there were elevated lead levels, those devices were taken out of service. 14 of the 20 devices have already been removed or replaced.

RIT has named a dean for the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.  The school has appointed Ann Haake to that position.

She had already been serving as interim dean since last July.  Haake  takes the job on April 1st, and she will be the first woman to hold that post.

Haake's background includes 15 years at RIT serving in a variety of curriculum development roles, including in the areas of medical informatics, and computing and information sciences.

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP)  Cornell University says Hunter Rawlings III will once again serve as interim president while the school seeks to replace its deceased leader. 

Rawlings is a 71-year-old professor emeritus of classics who was Cornell president from 1995 to 2003 and interim president in 2005 and 2006. 

He is taking the interim presidency again after President Elizabeth Garrett died of colon cancer March 6, after eight months on the job. Garrett was 52. 

Rawlings becomes interim president April 25. 

By a 5 - 2 vote, the Rochester School Board on Thursday night  approved a new three-year contract with the teacher’s union, the Rochester Teacher Association.

The contract includes a 3.6 percent pay hike effective July 1st, with retroactive pay and another 3.6 percent increase in each of the remaining two years. There will also be gradual increases in extra pay.

Push for Funding for Community Schools

Mar 24, 2016
Alex Crichton

A group of parents and advocates gathered at School 44 in Rochester to call on the State Senate to include $200 million dollars in funding for community schools that the State Assembly has approved in their proposed budget.

School 44 was one of the city school district's receivership schools, and people like Lydia Rodriguez, with the Alliance for Quality Education/Metro Justice Education Committee, would like to see it converted into a community school. Cardozo

The Monroe County Federation of Teachers has drafted a resolution opposing the emphasis on standardized tests in New York schools.

The federation, representing Monroe County’s 20 teacher unions, says it stands shoulder to shoulder with parents who want their kids to opt out of the testing.

Students will have more time to take more time to complete the tests this spring, which are shorter, but BOCES teacher and MCFT secretary Andrew Jordan says these adjustments don't reflect positive change.