Education news

The Rochester School Board has re-elected its top leaders.

At the board’s organizational meeting on Tuesday night, the board unanimously re-elected Van White as board president and Cynthia Elliott as vice president for a third consecutive year.

A statement from the school board says the unanimous vote to keep the current leadership reflects an emphasis on continuity and support for key initiatives.

Among the officials reacting positively to Governor Cuomo’s proposal for making college tuition-free for middle class families is the president at the College at Brockport. Heidi Macpherson realizes that even state tuition rates are too high for some students.

“I think we’re already a very affordable education here in the “SUNYs”  but I know that some people feel, that they’re concerned about the cost of education so if even one family is helped by this proposal, that’s a good thing,” she told WXXI News.

RIT has won a competition by the federal government to lead a new clean energy manufacturing institute.

That according to New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport).

The new institute will help further technologies designed to conserve energy and reduce emissions.  As the winning consortium, RIT will match the $70 million it will receive in federal funding over a five-year period.


Two Rochester area members  of the New York State Board of Regents are weighing in on the comments made by developer Carl Paladino last week, when he told a weekly newspaper that he hoped President Obama would die from mad cow disease and that Michelle Obama would return to being a male.

Attorney T. Andrew Brown, who is Vice Chancellor of the Board of Regents, says the comments are reprehensible but he says it is up to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia  to decide if Paladino can be removed from the Buffalo School Board.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Colleges and universities throughout New York state can now apply for state help in reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency on campus.

The administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it has set aside $2 million for technical assistance grants to help institutions of higher learning create and execute plans for curbing emissions and energy use.

The money can also be used to pay student interns hired to work on the plan.

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The Brighton School District is taking a close look at the start times for every school in the district.

A committee appointed to examine the issue has developed a survey to get feedback from parents, staff, administrators, and eighth grade and high school students.

The American Medical Association recommends that middle and high school students start their day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to ensure that they get enough sleep.


The New York State Education Department has awarded $10 million in grant funding to 56 organizations across the state taking part in My Brother's Keeper initiatives, which address the need to help some students of color realize their full potential in school.

Among the awardees is the Rochester City School District, which will receive $1.3 million, the largest grant given to any one school district in the state, to create My Brother’s Keeper programs and strategies for K-12 students in the region.

By a nearly 3-to-1 margin, voters in the Webster Central School District gave their okay Tuesday to spend $43.5 million to upgrade and expand certain features at 11 different schools.

Some of the proposed plans were prompted by the results of a state mandated building condition survey that takes place every five years.

Over the next several years, the bathrooms and playgrounds at all Webster elementary schools will be made accessible under federal Americans with Disability Act requirements. 

Bloomfield High Students Headed to Cuba

Dec 12, 2016

A group of Bloomfield High School students are getting ready for an eight day adventure -- in Cuba.

18 juniors and seniors from Bloomfield High's International Baccalaureate Creativity, Activity and Service Program, will be joined by a handful of school staff for the trip the day after Christmas.

Counselor Felice Prindle says they'll be focusing on the culture there, but they'll also be taking part in an ecological service project at a nature preserve.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia sat down with WXXI Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt to talk about WXXI's week-long series, Degrees of Diversity.

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