2:33 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Need to Know Rochester: ROC ONE Teen Media Academy

One group of Rochester City School District students will be returning to class with a deeper understanding of how the media works. WXXI’s Carlet Cleare takes us inside the Roc One Media Academy, where students spent the summer writing stories and advertisements.

11:54 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Dads Encouraged to Take Kids to School Wednesday

The Rochester City School District is encouraging Dads to take their child or children to the first day of school tomorrow.
Willie Robinson, District Coordinator for the Office of Parent Engagement, says they want to send a message on the first day of classes.

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12:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Need to Know Rochester: Local School Districts Facing Challenges

As area school districts prepare to welcome students back to class, they are also facing a slew of challenges related to tighter budgets and new accountability measures for teachers.  Need to Know Rochester's Julie Philipp talks with the Executive Director of the Monroe County School Boards Association.

3:23 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Need to Know Rochester: Anne Kress, President of Monroe Community College

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the 2010 graduation rate for community colleges in New York as less than 20%.  That's even after those who took three years to earn a diploma were factored in.  At Monroe Community College, only about 11% of students earn diplomas after two years of study.  That climbs to 24% after three years.  MCC President Anne Kress talked about this, as well as the upcoming school year, during this week's Need to Know Rochester.

10:57 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Educators Prepare for New Teacher Evaluation System

New mandated evaluations are rolling out this fall for New York teachers and a local teachers union official says educators are likely nervous.

The evaluation is called the Annual Professional Performance Review or APPR.

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4:43 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Teacher Incentive Program Begins This Fall in Rochester

A new incentive program through the federal government is launching in some Rochester city schools this fall, but the head of the teachers union says it isn’t about “merit pay.”

It’s called the Teacher Incentive Fund, or TIF, and it’s a grant for high needs schools to determine the effect on performance based pay.

Rochester Teacher’s Association President Adam Urbanski says the study will provide additional resources to invest in professional development for teachers.

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3:01 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

RCSD Looks at Enrollment & Space Issues

Rochester City School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas

As the city school district’s modernization project kicks off - the Superintendent says declining enrollment means some school buildings not being renovated will need to be closed.

Dr. Bolgen Vargas says the district has more space than students.

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3:17 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Infrastructure Issues? Parents & Teachers Say There’s More to School 16 Problems

On Thursday, July 26, the Rochester City School Board is voting on the future of School 16 and its students.  The building is falling apart and in need of extensive repair and renovation.  But as WXXI’s Helene Biandudi reports, the problems may run much deeper than infrastructure.  Some teachers and parents say violence within the classroom is becoming commonplace.

“This is a typical bathroom that we have,” said School 16 Principal, Matt Laniak. “And you notice the door opens right up and there are no partitions.”

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10:12 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Changes Coming to RCSD Tutoring Program

Changes are on the way for a free tutoring program for city school kids, and the head of one local tutoring company says they won’t benefit students.

The program is known as Supplemental Educational Services, or SES. It used to be federally mandated for qualified students in low performing schools, but now districts in New York can drop the program if they choose.

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4:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Refugee Students From RCSD Taste of College Life

Refugee students in the city school district are getting a chance to improve their English language skills this summer.

Six students from the Rochester Early College International High School are at Nazareth College to polish up their English and get a taste of college life.

Ferma Tsiba is a 10th grader from the Congo. She says English is her favorite subject because she gets to hear her classmates share their thoughts.

"We always have fun on sharing things, and sometimes say jokes and talk, " said Tsiba.

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