Education news

Leaders of Urban-Suburban are looking to expand the initiative's mission statement to include more students. The program's original charge in 1964 was to reduce racial isolation.

Now, Jeff Crane, the Superintendent of West Irondequoit Central School District, says they are looking ahead toward a more dynamic purpose.

"We think that our mission statement should read in the following way: to decrease racial isolation, to de-concentrate poverty, and to enhance opportunities for students in the city and suburban districts."

St. John Fisher College has named a new president. The college has hired Gerard Rooney, who is currently Executive Vice President for Enrollment, Advancement and Planning at Fisher, to be its 7th president.

Rooney will replace Donald Bain, who announced his retirement last year. Bain has had a 40 year career at Fisher, and became president in 2004.

Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is headed to Albany on Thursday to lobby for more money for city schools. He will be meeting with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to continue his push for a $36 million increase for Rochester schools as part of the upcoming state budget.

The Fairport School District has named a new superintendent. He is Brett Provenzano, who has served as assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Fairport schools since July of last year.

He has been in the Fairport district since 2005. Before that, Provenzano served in educational roles in Newark, Pittsford and Webster.

Fairport Board President Marty Cardona says Provenzano was the unanimous choice of the board and she says he “is committed to our student-centered agenda and our core beliefs.”

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The East Irondequoit School Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved joining  the Urban-Suburban program.

The program would bring several city students to Irondequoit for their education. The board was going to vote on the program earlier in the year, but tabled the vote so the public could get more information.

Starting next fall, up to 36 Rochester city students will attend school in East Irondequoit. It becomes the 9th local district to  take part in the program. Spencerport recently approved the program after some acrimonious community meetings.

LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York school district will do away with its Redskins mascot and nickname after other districts in the region turned up the pressure by boycotting games because of it.

The Lancaster Central School Board voted to retire the longtime symbol Monday during a special session called after three districts with sizeable numbers of Native American students canceled lacrosse matches.

The term Redskins is considered by many to be a racial slur against Native Americans.

RIT says the Dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is leaving to take a job at Penn State. Andrew Sears, who has led the Golisano College since August of 2011 will be Dean of of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technologies.

Sears, an expert in human-computing interaction and information technology, came to RIT from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Officials with the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education have announced the filling of a couple of leadership posts at East High School. The state recently gave final approval to the plan that will have the U of R supervise East High in an effort to improve its academic performance.

A community forum Saturday aims to shed some light on the "school-to-prison pipeline" problem in Rochester.

The ACLU calls it a disturbing national trend that pushes some children out of school and into the criminal justice system.

Organizers says they'll hear from three families in Rochester who have been victimized by the school to prison pipeline, and enlist help from the community to bring the problem to an end.

The Facing Race, Embracing Equity-Race and Education, Action and Change Work Group is organizing the forum.

Teachers' Unions Shipping 1000 Apples to Cuomo

Mar 12, 2015
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Local union leaders gathered at Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva today to prepare 1-thousand apples to be sent to Governor Cuomo.

Joy Martin is a literacy coach in Geneva City Schools, and president of the Geneva Teachers' Association.

She says they're shipping the apples to the governor to draw attention to the Finger Lakes region, where schools aren't getting the funding they need. 

Martin says schools in the region are succeeding, despite a 70-million dollar reduction in funding since 2009.