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The Rochester Board of Education is holding a public hearing tonight on a proposal to rename James P.B. Duffy School No. 12.

The school sits on the site where Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester.

School Board President Van White says renaming the school after Douglass, or his wife Anna Murray-Douglass, or both, would be fitting.

It also presents an educational opportunity.


A federal class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of thousands of employees at the University of Rochester that the university has not been aggressive enough in trying  to make sure that the workers aren’t charged excessive fees for their retirement plan.

The suit was filed by a Pittsburgh-based law firm, Carlson Lynch Sweet Kipela & Carpenter, specifically for Christopher D’Amore, who worked in UR’s IT department for nearly 21 years.

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More special education teachers and administrators could be coming to the Rochester City School District.

The RCSD board approved a budget proposal for the 2018-2019 school year Tuesday night totaling $915 million.

Melanie Funchess is a board member as well as the Director of Community Engagement at the Mental Health Association.

She says she is happy there is more money being focused on more vulnerable students, but even more so, that the district was able to take time and really look at the special education programs and priorities.

The Rochester School Board approved its 2018-19 budget on Tuesday night. The more than $900 million spending plan adds a number of positions including some for special education, one area the district has been concentrating on shoring up.

There are also additional positions for other areas including bilingual education.

The budget does close what was originally a $65 million gap, and that was accomplished with the help of money from the districts unrestricted fund balance.

It appears all spending plans were approved in the budget votes taken in Monroe County and nearby communities on Tuesday.

That includes a budget that will see Pittsford implement full-day kindergarten. Pittsford is one of the few districts across the state that does not provide that program.


RIT is holding commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, was the keynote speaker on Friday. He said it’s important for graduates to work on figuring out how new technology can benefit humanity.

“We have not evolved from the industrial era, created by the railroad and the telegraph, to the information era, and we need a new set of rules. That’s the challenge you graduates inherit today.”

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The University of Rochester says it will give its first ever posthumous honorary degree to Frederick Douglass during commencement ceremonies on May 20th.  He will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

UR officials say the university has a rich connection to the famed abolitionist, since it is home to the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies as well as serving as a collection of record for Frederick Douglass materials.

One of the candidates for the Greece School Board is a recent graduate of the district himself.

19 year old Derek Schrank is a member of the Greece Arcadia High School Class of 2017. Now, he's majoring in communications and journalism at SUNY Geneseo.

Schrank says most people he talks to have positive things to say about his candidacy.

A group formed in Irondequoit is working to cultivate a drug-free lifestyle among its young people, as the school year heads into prom, ball and graduation season.

Members of the Drug-Free Irondequoit Together coalition, or D-FI, (pronounced defy) Irondequoit say they’re working to implement programs related to prevention, education, and reduction of youth substance abuse.

Town Supervisor David Seeley says the group brings a variety of stakeholders to the table each month to discuss community solutions.

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Kenneth Eastwood’s appointment as distinguished educator to the Rochester City School District has been rescinded.

A statement from the New York State Education Department said Eastwood could not come to an agreement with the school board regarding his contract.

But School Board President Van White said he was surprised by the decision.

"We were engaged in negotiations," he said via phone, "and actually had set aside office space [for Eastwood] in central office."

Eastwood's appointment was scheduled to begin April 25.