Good points: Eastman House, Susan B. Anthony House, RMSC, easy commute except in winter, festivals from January to December, excellent suburban schools, relatively low cost of living. Negative points: Winters can be a nightmare b/c no one closes down until the blizzard's in full force, concentrated poverty, violent crime in the city, ungovernable central school district, inept, corrupt and clueless political and civic leaders, lack of good jobs, crumbling infrastructure.
Central Office has tied the hands of the principals and staff. Everyone is afraid to suspend and while suspension is not the answer, there is virtually no learning happening for anyone at all because in many schools the kids own the adults.
The long-term solution involves real communication, consistency, higher expectations, better instruction and lots of other things but these can all be addressed and corrected within the RC SD. Expecting the community to come up with solutions is silly. If thousands of educators and parents can't fix it-why would others be able to?
The short-term fix is to take a Joe Clark approach. You need to identify and remove the 10% that are causing 90% of the problems. This is a crises and in a crises leaders identify and deal with the cause of the chaos. They do not throw everyone in one big room while the building burns.
The city schools will never be saved as long as the power that controls them remains so entrenched and the foundations of this power remain. If Vargas was serious about colleges "owning" schools he would be promoting charter take-overs of some kind. He is really advocating for college operation and this outsourcing approach will do more harm than good. You don't fix a car with an engine problem by allowing a doll-up specialist to work on the paint or the tire trim. Mechanics need to take it apart and put it back together. Central office and the unions would never allow for this.
Colleges do not want to get their hands covered with oil and grease. They do not want to take real ownership and there is no evidence they can do any better. This is just a ploy.
The power needs to go back into the schools, the classrooms and the living rooms.
The face of Public Safety in Rochester is still the police Chief James Sheppard as it should be. Who ever is looking for accountability should go find him.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but, Lovely is not the mayor YET! That being said, she can't make any appointments in the current police department. She can't demand that anybody in the RPD take a more public role. Isn't Sheppard still the police chief? It's his job to make those type of decisions. He has to carry out his duties until the end of the year. According to you, Mayor Richards is still doing his mayoral duties (i.e. implementing programs and cutting ribbons). Why can't Sheppard continue to do his job until the end of the year?
I'm sorry, Chris, but I have to disagree. If anyone thinks things are unraveling NOW then they haven't been paying attention. My two cents.
I recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school.
One of the main problems I have came a crossed over the years was that many students does not have the courage to put effort into school seriously. I believe that the main majority of the problem is the students because, when the students fail exams or classes it affects teachers alot more than the student would expect. There should be a change in the RCSD without the Community getting involved their wouldn't be an opportunity.
New York State bases its child care funding support for counties based on the need (Rochester has 7th worst child poverty in the entire nation), and on demonstrated local commitment. Monroe County failed to do any lobbying whatsoever on child care subsidies in the 2013 legislative session, left $400,000 of state funds for child care unspent in 2012, and was cut $725,000 by the State as a result. Meanwhile, Monroe County kids lose out when the County cuts even more from its budget next year and fails to take responsibility and shift the blame.
How about bringing Student Support Centers back??? You know, to help address some of the underlying causes of student behavior? SMH
Esan is one of Rochester's little pearls. The food is wonderful, the environment is simple, and the owners treat you like you're a member of their family. There are many choices in this area, but only one Esan.
Wow. I am shocked by this review. First of all Esan is thai vietnamese so where rochester, Bangkok and New York meets comes from baffles me. Maybe doing a little homework before your visit may help! Esan is the best Thai restaurant in Rochester run by the most kind and precious family who work so hard and employ the best staff in town. It completely dissapoints me that somebody culturaly inept is doing these reviews. Next time stick to burger and fries!
The RCSD is certainly STUCK…. stuck in the expectation that all students will go on to college. Where is the vocational education that would lead to jobs right out of high school? Where are the apprenticeship programs that would lead students into good jobs in construction, automotive, or electrical and plumbing services? RCSD has consistently refused to open up such training programs to city students, instead insisting that attending 2 year or 4 year college is the optimum path to a successful life. RCSD needs to provide a better variety of quality work-related training to our students so they can have some hope of economic reward other than having to attend college.
Vargas wants to put wings on our inner city students. Wings! Can you imagine that? The man is a genius, a visionary and a quantum leap thinker. Let him. Support him. Open the doors. Part the way, so that our kids can fly. Inga Songbird
I appreciate the background info but more than half the article has nothing to do with the review. Very dull.
Matt: Those seem like pretty solid bets, I agree. Whether you like or loathe Lana Del Rey, "Young and Beautiful" was such an integral part of "The Great Gatsby"'s music that I'll be surprised if it isn't nominated as well. After that, I'll be intrigued if Coldplay nabs a spot for "Atlas," I've heard "The Butler" has several original songs (but I haven't seen it yet), and then there's always one that shows up outta left field that's usually the best, most interesting one. ;)
"Let It Go" has to win Best Original Song come Oscar time. Either that or "I See Fire" from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
County Legislature needs to earn their salary by conducting research into salaries of comparable counties and impose a fair salary.
Ms. Jadwin, and your suggestion is...
hard to find show times.
Esan was certainly not the first. Off the top of my head, the Bangkok and Mamasan's predate Esan and I think there might be one or two more.
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