Education news

The longtime leader of the Monroe County School Boards Association is retiring. Jody Siegle, who has been the association’s executive director since 2001, will retire at the end of July.

The association provides training and information to school board members and superintendents for 21 school districts.

Siegle says it’s been a privilege to lead the organization and association president Mark Kokanovich said that Siegle’s  “passionate devotion” to public education and to students is unparalleled.

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Hundreds of local teachers packed the Minerva DeLand Elementary School in Fairport on Thursday night, speaking out in response to the education agenda Governor Cuomo laid out in his State of the State Address.

Superintendent of Fairport Schools, Bill Cala, said that Cuomo is holding the budget hostage in terms of state aid unless the governor’s reforms are approved.

Fairport English Teacher John Baynes told WXXI News that a chief concern is the erosion of local control and determination of schools.

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Governor Cuomo's office is out with a report that it says details the crisis of failing schools in New York State.

It appears to be  part of the Governor's efforts to get support for his reform agenda for education.

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The Urban-Suburban program is coming to the Spencerport School District. The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to go ahead with that program which is already in several other area districts.

The district held several information meetings about the program, which brought out people for and against.

The program will see 18 Rochester first, second and sixth graders attend school in Spencerport starting in the fall.

After much heated public debate, the Spencerport school board decides tonight whether that district will adopt the Urban-Suburban program and allow city students to attend classes there.

Spencerport school superintendent Mike Crumb isn't predicting the outcome. 

He's hoping the answer is "yes."  Crumb was a teacher in the West Irondequoit district for years and he said Urban-Suburban worked seamlessly there.

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Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas says that a situation involving students upset about their lack of consistent teaching has been resolved.

Some students in the 8th grade at School #9 actually went to YouTube, posting a video of the students pleading with the superintendent to fix the problem.

The students said they had two different teachers in their Spanish class, and a number of substitutes, and they worried they were not learning what they needed to.

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Western New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says federal grants awarded today to several local non-profits and municipalities will help deliver the promise of the Erie Canal.

The grants totaling 30-thousand dollars come from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Executive Director Bob Radliff says those grants will be matched by an additional $330-thousand dollars in private and public funds raised by the grantees.

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 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says 20 school districts statewide have agreed to ensure students can enroll regardless of their immigration status.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the districts are to remove from enrollment materials inquiries about citizenship or immigration status concerning the students, their parents or guardians.

He says those districts' inquiries were inconsistent with a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


A You Tube video created by a class of eighth grade boys at Rochester's Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys Academy has gotten the attention of the media as well as the school district.

The video showed the students, apparently without supervision, in their Spanish class, complaining that they have not had a consistent teacher this school year.

The NYS Education Department has granted final approval for the plan that will see the University of Rochester manage East High School. The state is also awarding a one-time grant of $200,000 in School Improvement funds to support that partnership.

The U of R has stepped in to help due to problems with academic performance at East High.

Implementation of the plan will begin in the summer. Board President Van White says the school board believes this final approval represents a “pivotal turning point” for East High School.