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Students and staff at the University of Rochester are urging the university administration to designate the university as a sanctuary campus.

The online petition comes as a similar effort is underway at other colleges and universities around the country. The concern is that  President-Elect Donald Trump might rescind an executive order that granted temporary status to students living in the country illegally.

The New York State Assembly Committee on Education met Monday morning to examine and study existing and new ways to support and improve the academic success of English Language Learner or ELL students in New York State's school districts.

Almost 9% of the states 2.6 million public school students are ELL's and they speak over 200 languages.

Assembly member Ron Kim referenced his own English language learning journey, and asked how quality control of ELL teachers will be determined.

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Members of the Monroe County School Board Association are on the road to Albany Monday morning to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year with state officials.

The association plans on discussing a number of issues including state mandates, undoing legislation that ties teacher evaluations with state test scores, the shortage of English language learning teachers and special education.

But at the top of their list is foundation aid, the set amount of funding that districts get from the state, and the amount that they can fundraise, or the tax caps.

Officials at SUNY Geneseo say they are investigating another incident of racist graffiti.

This time, it was the letters KKK found scrawled on the side of a gazebo on campus.  The graffiti has since been removed.

The comes less than two weeks after a swastika was painted on a wall in a common area inside Nassau Dormitory.

College president Denise Battles issued a statement to the campus community saying the college stands in solidarity against these acts and she says the campus is planning educational programming to affirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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For many families, the burden of student loan debt is overwhelming; and while Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a new student loan forgiveness program, the steady rise in percentage of student debt remains an issue. 

The New York State Assembly held a public hearing Wednesday to examine both the impact that rising higher education costs are having on students and families across the state and ways in which student loan debt can be reduced.

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Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges held a “Walk Out” Tuesday to stand in solidarity with people they feel have  been targeted by hateful rhetoric and policies.

The 200 or so demonstrators at the Geneva campus called on the colleges  to stand with colleges and universities across the country who are actively investigating ways through which their respective campuses can be made into what are being called sanctuary spaces, places where immigration authorities would not be able to remove undocumented immigrants.

A contract paraprofessional working at School 15, the Children’s School of Rochester, was fired Monday after an investigation regarding a racist Facebook post.

Cassandra Sutton worked as a substitute prekindergarten paraprofessional, according to Jay Piper, School 15 principal.

Screenshots of her Facebook page show a recent posting where Sutton boasts about catching an African-American man committing a crime in her neighborhood. She used the N word multiple times and other offensive language.

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There apparently has been some agreement over issues involving complaints by faculty about the MCC downtown Rochester campus.

The faculty association at MCC this week issued a statement complaining about the impact of ongoing construction at the Sibley Building, saying that in recent weeks there have been an increasing number of reported workplace hazards, things like water leaks and ceilings collapsing.

At one point, the association reportedly had urged college officials to demand that construction at Sibley stop for the rest of the semester.

Students in the culinary program at East High School are preparing Thanksgiving dinners to feed some 12-hundred people in the Greater Rochester area.

Wegmans donated the turkey meals as part of Governor Cuomo's initiative to feed 35-thousand people statewide this holiday.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was at East High's cafeteria helping prepare the meals.

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Eight students from Pittsford suffered minor injuries after a bus that was taking them on a trip to New York City crashed on Interstate -81 in Cortland County.

The bus crashed near Marathon.  The students were on their way to New York City as part of a business class they are taking.

The Pittsford School District said that all of the students who were treated are being released.

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