Warren announces Pre-K push
Justin Murphy, Staff writer
February 4, 2014
"Warren, speaking Tuesday morning at a K-12 education symposium at the University of Rochester, said the city lacks a comprehensive strategy for aligning pre-K students and their families with quality programs and for increasing the number of available seats with state and federal funding. How Rochester responds to this new pre-K policy shift will be our first test together, but not our last, she said, and called on local leaders to create a new single standard of educational quality for all children, regardless of a student's zip code, socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity."
"The district is already moving aggressively to expand its pre-kindergarten offerings, especially in full-day programs. It recently received $6 million in state grant funding, a sum that increased its full-day pre-K capacity to about 1,400 students in addition to nearly 800 for half-day, including its spots with outside providers."
So the RCSD doesn't suspend pre k students. What is the purpose of this article? Why not discuss the ongoing problem of suspensions that occur in our district- or better yet the out of control behavior problems that hugely impact student learning and the precious test scores? The district doesn't like to suspend because they loose money when the kids are not in school. Kids can bully staff and students, bring drugs to school and people look away because suspensions should not exist. Why does the district pretends that bad behaviors doesn't warrant suspension? ISS is a baby sitting room where a non certified teacher watches over these kids. Is this the best that the district can do? Behaviors have gotten WORSE since JC Bizzards idiotic stance on suspensions and Vargas has done little to fix it. City, please don't mimic the other "news" outlets with these empty articles. I know that the powers that be would like to distract the public with non sense articles that have little to do with the big problem. Please don't follow suit. Follow the money.
I corrected this blog because the original version incorrectly implied that the RCSD suspends its pre-K students. For added clarification, the RCSD provided me with this statement: "We do not suspend prekindergarten students from our Universal Prekindergarten Program in the Rochester City School District. A child can't be expelled from the Universal Prekindergarten program either. We do have a safety procedure that is rarely utilized in extreme cases where after a series of steps have been taken, including parent notification, a student can be asked to refrain from attending the program for a maximum of five days while steps are taken to put in place a safety plan to address serious safety concerns. This is all done in collaboration with the parent." The statement is from Tricia Cruz, a district spokesperson.
Thanks for the comments.
Tim Louis Macaluso
Some people have medical issues with their back. I think Duffy will do well; has served well in the past; and , would be a great asset to the Rochester Region should he return to this area in the future and take over Parker's position. Duffy, Warren, Brooks, Bronson, Jeff Adair, Wade Norwood, and David Gantt would be a plus for our city. I hope they all will work together in the future.
Craig R. Moffitt
Howard the link you posted is from 2012 and we now have majority full day pre-K with transportation assistance. Again, pre-K is one area we seem to do well, and to make progress over time in areas where it can be improved. That's not to say there are no obstacles or remaining ways to improve, but the full day / transportation obstacle has been largely overcome. Remaining half day programs are to meet the needs of families who did not want full day.
The headline for this article is unnecessarily incendiary. Toddlers are kids just learning to walk and a bit beyond, typically considered between the ages 1 and 2 1/2.
What the article is talking about is pre-K students, ages 3-5.
I'm not arguing that this makes it right for them to be suspended, just that they are NOT toddlers and thus your headline is inaccurate and misleading.
Everything you wrote may be true, but there are still some very serious issues and problems associated with pre-K programs in Rochester. Some of the most important issues center around the question of who (specifically) is and is NOT being served.
According to information in ate article (at the link below) ... "And even though the state reimburses the district for UPK students, there isn't enough state funding available for full-day classes. Offering mostly half-day classes is the only way the district can offer UPK, and even then more students are enrolled each year than what the district is paid to teach."
"And there is still room for the district's UPK to grow. According to Hooper, the district is only serving about two-thirds of city children who qualify for the program. That may be due to the transportation problems half-day classes can cause. Working parents, many of whom rely on public transportation, wrestle with getting their child to school and picking them up less than three hours later.Many people just don't realize the sacrifices our parents are making trying to juggle this for the sake of their children," Hooper says. "
We have a huge problem with exclusionary discipline policies in RCSD, including in my opinion inappropriate arrests inside schools. I and other board members are aggressively working on fundamentally changing our discipline practices. But we NEVER suspend toddlers or any pre-K students. Despite the horror stories nationally, once again one area where Rochester shines is in our universal pre-kindergarten programs. These high quality and developmentally supportive programs are recognized nationally for their excellence.
Didn't Bob Duffy work his way to the top of the Police Force in Rochester,NY over a log career and serve the public in a very professional manner. Wasn't it Bob Duffy and Wade Norwood the only two people in all of Rochester that came to my side when I need help with a problem in my neighborhood ? Wasn't it Bob Duffy that worked his butt off to become Mayor ? Wasn't it Bob Duffy that was asked by Cuomo to be his running mate ? Duffy has openly said that he regretted leaving the position of Mayor in Rochester, NY. Don't we all have choices in where we want to work and when we want to work as well as for whom ?
Am I alone in wishing Lt. Governor "Aw-Shucks" Duffy would just go enjoy his new lake house and multiple pensions and leave us alone??? I'm sure he's a fine man and all, but his tendency to talk a lot while saying virtually nothing (like many-a-politician) makes me want to pull my hair out.
Did anyone NOT see this happening, despite everything Parker and Duffy have been saying to the contrary for months?
The ladies were protesting too much, too frequently. Anything even approaching their integrity and credibility has long since gone up in smoke.
So, tell me again: why is this story even newsworthy?
It certainly isn't surprising.
Lets see if I understand this. Bob Duffy bought Sandy Parker's lake home. Bob Duffy applied for her job but, got in trouble with the Governor so he is no longer going to run because of it. Sandy Parker (and husband Dutch Summers) then decided that she should stay there until Bobby was available (at 400k per year).
Coincidentally, Bob's back began to hurt him and being chief ribbon cutter for the state was no longer fun. So, Sandy/Dutch can now "install" him in her seat. The fact that her job is as a lobbyist and he cannot lobby for 2 years is a mere technicality that can be overlooked...just like the small ethical lapse of an elected state official buying the home of a lobbyist.
Oh, one last point, one of the advantages of Duffy getting the job is he probably can work for less because he can collect his police pension and state pension at the same time he is working for a business growth group in a state that is dying because of public pension payouts. Sounds like the perfect choice to me.
The stick's not working any better than the carrot. I say, what the heck, give him another 5 years. Anyone out there who's not a lawyer got any better ideas?
Much better than morning blather.
Bureaucrats, politicians and unions never reform. It's not in their nature and not in their interest. Separating school and state is the only reform worth the name.
The firing of Kimberley and Beck is totally ridiculous! The management should have stood behind their employees. Bring them back, they did NOTHING wrong!
I also would like to see The Mayor and City Council partner with the Towns of Henrietta,Brighton, and Gates since these Towns border Rochester and that these Towns should take an interest in what happens both financially and in planning as well as by meetings between Mayor and Town Supervisors. Lovely is trying with Maggie Brooks and Maggie is trying with Lovely. That my friends is s good start.
Like father like son.....the development of Destiny USA in Syracuse was laced with similar shady practices....the Town was foolish to think that the son would not behave in a similar manner
The Mayor and City Council's control of over $151,000,000 million dollars would be the best thing to happen in Rochester since nothing else has ever worked. I would like to see it tried for five years to see if things will improve. If the City is healthy the County of Monroe will be healthy. As well, the inverse could be true. We can do it now or later..
Craig R. Moffitt
Why is Mayor Lovely Warren acting like she's still running for mayor? I sense lots of missing pieces. Maybe mayoral control means Gantt control. Warren needs to start revealing more because this isn't adding up.
The mayoral control bill is going nowhere anyway. So, in this case, their relationship seems to be one of synergistic failure.
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