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Rochester City School District

Rochester City School District

One impact from Tuesday’s elections is that the Rochester school board will lose a longtime member.

Malik Evans, who is also a former president of the board and his been on that body since 2004, was elected this week to City Council. His seat will be filled next year.

Evans says even though City Council doesn’t directly control the district, they are involved with approving the school budget, and Evans hopes to be involved in other ways as well. 

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After a review of the schools in receivership  in New York State last year, two failed to show significant progress and one of them was in Rochester.

Receivership schools are schools that are deemed struggling by the state. If they don't make any progress within a year or two, they must find support outside the district in order to stay open.

Kodak Park School No. 41 in Rochester is one of those schools.

A number of indicators, a minimum of 10 for each school, including graduation rates and suspension numbers, determined progress.

Journalist Nikole Hannah Jones has become a leading voice in the conversation about schools and equality. She's coming to Rochester as a guest of Great Schools for All, an organization dedicated to improving schools and increasing diversity in the classroom. In fact, Great Schools for All is leading an effort to create a cross-district diverse magnet school.

Our guests preview Nikole Hannah Jones' event, and discuss the related issues. In studio:

  • Regent T. Andrew Brown, managing partner of Brown Hutchinson LLP, and vice-chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents
  • Dr. Andy Aligne, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at URMC
  • Mark Hare, Great Schools for All

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.

We recently invited the “new faces” in the race for Rochester City School Board to Need to Know. We touched upon everything from poverty and equity to race and cultural competency. The candidates shared their ideas on how to help students excel academically and personally while in a district working to address its share of challenges. On this edition of the program we’ll hear from the incumbents in the race.  Current school board President Van White and current Vice President of the school board, Cynthia Elliott. There are currently three seats up for grabs on the board with 6 candidates - all Democrats - seeking a position with the decision-making body of the Rochester school system.

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:

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