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The Webster School District will implement the Urban-Suburban program next school year.

The program allows poor city students to attend schools in the suburbs for free. It has traditionally been available only to minority students but is being amended to include white students who meet certain income guidelines.

The school board voted unanimously in favor of the program.

Superintendent Carmen Gumina says it was a 14 month process that started with engaging other school leaders who have been involved in the program for a while.

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is responding to a petition presented to him by some student groups last Friday as part of a march and rally.

The event was in part to show support to students at the University of Missouri, but it was also focused on racism the students see happening at the U of R.

Seligman's statement issued on Monday says that he "cannot ignore evidence that our campus climate can be improved." He notes that there have been a number of racist postings in social media recently, particularly on the anonymous app Yik Yak.

UR Students Rally Against Racism

Nov 20, 2015

Dozens of students on the University of Rochester campus gathered Friday to address racism.

The march from the Frederick Douglass Leadership House to college President Joel Seligman’s office  was a response in part to activism that began recently at the University of Missouri and other campuses around the country.

But Friday’s march and rally was more focused on the racism students feel is occurring at the U of R.

UTICA, N.Y. (AP)  New York's attorney general has accused an upstate school district of discriminating against older immigrant students by steering them into dead-end programs. 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday announced a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Utica City School District.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  New York state's review of the Common Core learning standards continues with a meeting of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's task force in Buffalo. 

Five educators are scheduled to address the panel during a two-hour session at Daemen College on Wednesday.  The presenters include a Stanford University education policy analyst and the executive director of the Children's Institute at the University of Rochester.

Students from Rochester were on board a civil rights museum on wheels today, engaging with a renowned civil rights activist, and other students from Tampa Florida, through a digital national classroom.

The local students came from School Without Walls, and Gil Rosa teaches the civil rights course.

The class was held on a transit bus, the same make and model as the one on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in Montgomery, Alabama 60 years ago.

RIT has announced that Christine Whitman has been named the Chair of the RIT Board of Trustees.

She is the first woman to fill that role, and Whitman says that since "part of the university's strategic plan is diversity...I think it's great to have a female chair as part of the next 10 years of the university."

Whitman is chairman and CEO of Complemar Partners in Rochester, and has been a trustee since 1997.  She is also a founder of Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Rochester Angel Network.

VP Biden

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden brought a White House initiative to prevent campus sexual violence to his alma mater Thursday, urging the Syracuse University audience to take a pledge to intervene if they see the potential for assault.

"She's nearly passing out and you see your roommate or fraternity brother walking her upstairs," Biden, a 1968 graduate of the College of Law, said.

"Have the gumption to step in!" he shouted. "Tell him. Expose him. Save him. Have the nerve. Look at that young woman as though she were your sister."

Local Colleges Help Veterans Receive Education

Nov 11, 2015
Emily Mein / WXXI - St. John Fisher College

Veterans returning to civilian life can face many challenges, but local colleges and universities are doing their part to make sure receiving an education isn’t one of them.


Veronica Volk / WXXI

The New York State Education Department has appointed a workgroup to improve outcomes for young men of color. It's called the Blue Ribbon Committee of Regents, and they had their first meeting at Nazareth College.

The meeting included remarks from College President Daan Braveman and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and breakout sessions for educational professionals who came in from across the state, but the highlight was a panel discussion featuring four young men of color who spoke candidly about their experiences going through the education system.