How many students in the RCSD enter Grade 9 but do not graduate after four years?
How many students that enter Freshman year at MCC do not graduate after two years?
Ginger Beard was and still is the shiznet. Know body can even come close to his artistic ability. Long live the Ginge!!!!!!
Bravo! This is a great start. Kudos to Van White and all who worked so hard at creating this. Pay attention this is how a school board should be run. The days of watching the titanic sink are over. Vargas it's time for you to lead. We are watching and will NOT let something so important as educating our children die. No politics, distracting mind games will be tolerated. Like many parents, I take education seriously. This collaboration gives me hope for positive change. These kids are craving to find even a little scrap of hope. Let's all keep our eyes on the prize. Our children's education will not be played with.
I'm actually hopeful. We are getting closer to the truth. The white elephant is finally being acknowledged. Until the real truth is exposed( thanks to City News- having the guts to shine a light whereas main stream media will NOT) this mess will stay a mess. Thank you city newspaper, Howard Eagle and Van White for not giving up. We all now must put our work in to save our valuable children. We owe them a chance to succeed.
This is the best that these so called business leaders could think of? The school district is in utter chaos and the root cause is principal salaries? Has anyone ever thought of asking educators with no business (ex: charter schools- whose intent is to collect as much money from federal funds- shameless poachers) and dubious politicians ( Vargas right hand gal patty malgieri ) ties for input. We know that Vargas cares little about input from the community. To be fair, the district started to shut down ties between the community when it abruptly ended the parent university program that was directed by the very capable and dynamic Charmaine Cohen-- long before Vargas was chosen as the super. We are obviously entering a very dysfunctional, corrupt era in education. If you really care about the future of our children, pay attention, get angry and BE HEARD!
Sorry, but RIT is in Henrietta, the epitome of car-oriented suburban sprawl. A hopeless situation.
Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy of these writers. I thought the same thing when I read their piece. I wonder how many Principals they have shadowed? Do they not understand that extending the school days means more duties far beyond the work day. Most Principals already work routinely until 7 or eight or nine pm working 12 hours already.Do they know that teachers expect and get extra pay? The issues of no confidence is far deeper then this single one. Are they deliberately glossing over contradictory directives, poor planning and communication from Central Office? Are they aware that there is a talent drain from the District? At least four Administrators have been denied tenure and gone on to other positions in other Districts to apparent success. High level CO cabinet members are leaving as well. To imply that Principals are somehow not "letting" the Superintendent do his job is just plain wrong , misleading the public , and an insult to the many dedicated administrators in the RCSD
You should make sure the reporting is fair and balanced. Then maybe take a ride up to Niagara Falls NY and you can decide if that's what you want Henrietta to look like. I lived near Niagara Falls for years and post-Seneca development I can tell you nothing has changed. We were promised "more businesses will want to come here, etc" just like Henrietta will be promised, do yourselves a favor and don't fall for it.
The possible casino proposed by the Seneca Indian Nation in Henrietta should be given fair consideration by all concerned. And, I will make sure that happens through fair and balanced discussion in the Henrietta Community.
"But it’s also true that he’s unable to keep many of the social ills that students face every day outside the walls of city schools without more help from the community."
But it's also true that RCSD has MANY agencies & programs from this community willing to help, but Vargas just eliminated their support system within the schools (Student & Family Support Centers). They were created for exactly this purpose. He keeps talking about help from the community but what he's done is make it much harder for this community to help his students. SMH
"The District should develop and lead a multisystem collaborative
using a strength‐based, child‐centered approach that provides
consistent responses in all aspects/settings of the child’s life (school,
home, and community)".
This describes Student & Family Support Centers. But Vargas scuttled those. I'm confused.
Am I the only person in Rochester who knows this movie was written by a writing team that included a native Rochesterian? Chris Roach went to high school with me in Rush-Henrietta, and we discussed this movie AND HIS HAVING WRITTEN IT at our 15th high school reunion in November 2012. Consider yourselves informed!
Well said. The business and college leaders are quick to write essays pointing fingers or suggesting solutions but rarely do they put their own people or resources into the fire. Why doesn't Parker or any of the others get their powerful friends together and put a few millions behind a charter or a particular RCSD school and develop it into the "model" they describe? Beyond this, the superintendent's problems go way beyond the no confidence issue and they know it. Something is up.
RIT actually has a very nice crushed gravel trail that runs from the Canal at UR, follows the transmission lines down across East River and Crittenden Roads and comes out at Jefferson and Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. I've ridden it to kickball on Crittenden before, it's quite nice.
It seems to me that the complainants in the original Arizona case were not deprived of anything. They should have simply used the free market to obtain another photographer. Hurt feelings do not trump the freedoms afforded everyone in the exercise of their conscience or religion. Would the writer force
conscientious objectors to carry a weapon or a pro-life doctor or nurse perform an abortion? The first amendment of our Constitution protects all of us, thank God, or Allah , or Vishnu or L Ron Hubbard, or Voltaire or every other Upper West Side humanist!
How you're consistently defeated in RCSD School Board elections (no thanks to this and other newspaper's endorsements), I'll never know. If ever there was a time to take a chance on some new faces and new ideas to (hopefully) turn the district around, that time is now.
It is Keuka College, not Keuka Community College. We are a fully-accredited, four-year school that was founded in 1890!
So! What about RIT? UR shouldn't have all the fun. :)
Many of the recommendations made sense and it is true that the larger community must help propel change but I don't see the district being fixed in a significant way until the person who was given the charge to lead it gets involved. Mr. Vargas has been silent around this process and it appears as though the board is attempting to force him to make changes. This is not a productive method. The board chair and superintendent are clearly at odds. The superintendent has done a good job of telling the public how bad things are but he has done little to get them to understand what needs to be done or give them hope.
If chairman White wants the board to take over then this would be easier to do with a new superintendent hired with that understanding. Without genuine participation and support from central office, any recommendation will never get off the page. Someone needs to call out the superintendent and get his response as well as his ideas about implementation. We are well aware of his issues with common core, CTE failure, his key staff leaving, lack of college help, no confidence from his own people, attendance, budget and other problems but these can't stop him from being engaged. Where is the leadership? Where is the district going? Does anyone know?
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