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Education
3:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Vargas Calls For A Community Solution To Downtown Violence Problems

The Rochester City School District needs the help of the entire community in addressing issues with fights that have broken out from time to time as city students change buses downtown.

That according to Superintendent Bolgen Vargas in response to the reaction by city officials to a Facebook video this week which showed students fighting near the new transit center on St. Paul Street.

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Education
8:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Greece School Official To Help Lead Changes At Rochester's East H.S.

A Greece School District official will become East High School's new Deputy Superintendent. The job being filled by Shaun Nelms is a new position created by the partnership that will see the University of Rochester taking over administration of East High.

In late February, Nelms, who is currently deputy superintendent for the Greece School District, will become deputy superintendent at East H.S., overseeing the hiring of all administrative and staff positions as well as the day-to-day operations.

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Education
11:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School Board Vote Scheduled Tonight on East High Partnership with UR

Tonight, the Rochester school board will decide whether to move ahead with a proposal by the University of Rochester to manage the struggling East High School.

Board of Education president Van White says members will decide on a contract between the district and the U of R as well as a budget to fund the proposed changes for East High School.   

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Education
10:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Union Rep Says Teachers Won't Support Cuomo Evaluation Plan

A local representative of the New York State Teachers union doesn't believe the rank and file will support Governor Cuomo's proposal to revamp the way teachers are evaluated.

Cuomo wants the evaluations based half on standardized tests and half on classroom observations.

Tom Gillett is regional staff director for NYSUT, the state’s largest teachers union. He believes too much is already riding on test outcomes.

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Education
10:40 am
Wed January 21, 2015

MCC President Applauds Obama's Community College Program

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The president of Monroe Community College is applauding President Obama's proposal to provide free access to community college for many Americans.

In his State of the Union address last night, Obama reiterated his plan to cover the tuition of students who  attend school at least half-time and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.  To qualify for the program, community colleges would also have to ensure that their credits are fully-transferable to a four year institution or are part of occupational training programs in high-demand fields.

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Education
2:09 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Gov. Cuomo Proposes Expanding Sexual Assault Safeguards To Private Colleges

(AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing legislation that would expand to New York's private colleges the "yes means yes" regulations against sexual assault that have been adopted at the state's own university system.

He expressed confidence the bill would pass the state Legislature and then "go nationwide."

Under the bill:

—A woman would have to give clear and voluntary consent before sexual activity.

—To encourage victims to come forward, students reporting assaults would get immunity from related offenses such as drug use.

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Education
1:28 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Howard Eagle To Run For City School Board

Howard Eagle says he is running for a seat on the Rochester City School Board this year. Eagle is trying to capture one of the four open seats.

He previously was a high school teacher for 23 years, retiring in 2010, and is now an adjunct professor at SUNY Brockport.

Eagle, who has run for a seat on the board in some previous races, says that,

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Education
4:15 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces Plan to Offset Child Care Cost

Sara Davis, a parent and teacher, makes the case for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's child care legislation.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's working to help families pay for child care.

Gillibrand says the cost of childcare in Rochester is up to $10,000 a year, while the average income is $30,000. The senator says this forces families to make choices between child care and professional development.

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Education
1:14 am
Fri January 16, 2015

State Gives Preliminary OK To U of R Takeover Of East H.S.

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The state education department has given its preliminary approval to the arrangement that will see the University of Rochester take over administration of East High School.

School Board President  Van White says the preliminary approval allows the U of R and East High to begin planning and hiring staff for the rollout of the new high school. He says that should allow them to hit the ground running for the start of school next September.

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Education
1:06 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Webster Names New School Supt.

The Webster School District has named a new superintendent. He is Carmen Gumina, who has been interim superintendent since last July after Adele Bovard took a job as an administrator in the Rochester City School District.

Gumina has worked within the Webster district for 25 years as a teacher, and is also a past principal of the State Road Elementary School and a former deputy superintendent of schools.

He is a graduate of Webster Schroeder High School, and he is also a Monroe County legislator

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