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Hurricane Maria Brings 100+ Students to RCSD

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Hurricane Maria has brought more than 100 new students to the Rochester City School District.

100 students from Puerto Rico alone have moved to Rochester in the last month or so and a total of 110 have come from hurricane-affected areas, according to RCSD chief accountability officer Ray Giamartino. District officials have no idea how many more may come.

Sometimes we hear generalizations about how city schools stack up to suburban schools. Things like, “the suburbs have more amenities.” Those might include arts, computer labs, performance spaces, athletic equipment, music. Are those generalizations fair, and will the facilities modernization bring the city schools more in line with other local districts? Or are those generalizations off base?

The Facilities Modernization Program is charged with updating and modernizing schools in the Rochester City School District. We find out what that means, and how tens of millions of dollars are being spent. Our guests:

  • Allen Williams, chair of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board
  • Michael Schmidt, vice chair of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board
  • Travis Miller, manager of the Business Opportunities Program for Savin Engineers

More than 400 high school students in the city of Rochester had a half-day Friday. That's because they attended a student summit on high school redesign at the School of the Arts.

Deputy Superintendent Lawrence "Bo" Wright said this is part of the "Path Forward" initiative to transform the future of education in the district. 

Wright said it's important to get input from students.

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The name isn’t the only thing different about East High School.

The East Upper and Lower Schools updated the community on its progress in its annual public meeting Thursday evening.  Lorna Washington, Special Assistant to the Educational Partnership Organization superintendent, said the school has seen major gains in attendance, testing and graduation since partnering with the University of Rochester two years ago.

RCSD's Attendance Blitz focuses on chronic absentees

Aug 24, 2017

Rochester City School District teachers and staff went door-to-door Thursday, visiting roughly 200 students who missed more than 10 percent of school last year.

The goal of this "attendance blitz", said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, is to encourage a strong start to the new year and to also better understand the challenges students may face getting to school.

The Rochester City School District is conducting a week long leadership summit consisting of national speakers, educational seminars and personal introspection.           

The five-day summit will focus on following the District’s priority areas: educational equity, relational capacity, innovation, accountability and coherence.

We continue our series of interviews with the candidates for Rochester City School Board. We discuss the candidates’ priorities, and we discuss hot issues in the election. In studio:

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Rochester City School Board, and they all say it’s time for change. We sit down with the candidates in groups of three to learn why they are running, to hear their platforms, and to explore their ideas for improving struggling schools and increasing the ranks of teachers of color in the district. It’s your chance to meet the candidates and ask your questions. In studio:

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While most high schoolers were working part time jobs or soaking up the sun, some kids in the Rochester City School District were learning more about STEM careers.    

Graduating and incoming seniors had the opportunity to take a new class called City Living this summer.

Smiley Samuel joined the class voluntarily, already interested in becoming a mechanical enginer and working with cars after graduation. They said they learned about the history of Rochester through the course, about the bridges, how the downtown library was built and how the city got its nickname.

School leaders argue that New York State has shortchanged them. Last week, we heard from suburban districts. Now, we hear from students and parents in the Rochester City School District, who argue that students there are more acutely impacted.

So what are they asking for? And what do they hope to accomplish with this weekend's People's March for Education Justice? Our guests:

  • Je'Carl Hill, RCSD graduate and youth organizer at Teen Empowerment
  • Juan Callado, high school student at Monroe BOCES, and member of Metro Justice and Special Parents Special Kids
  • Pia Moller, parent of a student at School 53, and member of Metro Justice
  • Eamonn Scanlon, lead education organizer for Metro Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education in Rochester

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