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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.

Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
2:11 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Program Gives RCSD Students Language Training on Nazareth Campus

Refugee students from the city school district are getting a taste of college life this summer while improving their English language skills.

Six students from the Rochester Early College International High School are at Nazareth College for an intensive English language program.

Linda Grossman is the Director of the American Language Institute at Nazareth.

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Education
11:25 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Rochester’s Connection to Higgs Boson Research

Scientists at the University of Rochester played a role in the research that led to the probable discovery of the Higgs boson.

The recent announcement that captured the attention of the scientific community is a significant step in understanding our universe.

On July 4, 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva announced the discovery of a new particle that is “consistent with the Higgs boson,” believed to be responsible for giving other particles their mass.

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Education
11:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Father-Child Reading Program Begins this Week

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The goal for the Rochester City School District’s “Study Hour of Power” campaign is getting fathers to read to their kids.

Ernest Green is the father of a 9th grader at School of the Arts, and the author of the book “Pull Your Pants Up: A Message to All Our Sons.”

Green says many of today's young fathers grew up without a lot of direction and input from positive male influences.

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