The process described in the article is disturbing on a number of levels. Most tragic is the loss of time, resources, effort towards providing quality affordable housing to the citizens of Rochester. Pull it together and return the task of housing creation and maintenance entrusted to the board!
An optimist among nay sayers, what a breath of fresh air. Thank you for refreshing the minds of Greater Rochester of the incredible central cities in America. Rochester's potential can be seen 60 miles to the west.
Your understanding of risk, (which our region is often adverse to), remains an important component of change. Downtown has left the starting gate of a new future lets hope the crowds cheer and join in the race. I certainly will!
Sprawl is real in the greater Rochester region. While we maintain a similar number of people, 1 million, since the 1970's the expansion of retail, housing, infrastructure has more than double the developed space used. Little to no discussion or plan as a region for development exists and as a consequence each town or city makes decisions independently unaware or not interested in larger trends or long term consequences. I appreciate City newspaper's ongoing coverage of issue.
The more we segregate by economic class and race the greater the consequences. This should not become a scapegoating of the Rochester school district. Greater forces are at work. Ones that much of the rest of the country address better than Rochester.
Very serious allegations where made against the RJSCB. It draws suspension, scrutiny and breaks down public trust for infrastructure spending. That it alleges financial misappropriation occurred for the spending of resources for children makes it potentially reprehensible and warrants criminal investigation.
If the truth involves false allegations the time and resources spent investigating defending in order to return to building schools for children then those involved also warrant investigation and legal prosecution.
Clear this matter quickly and return to the task at hand.
What if RDDC contracts with private service providers for what is described in the article? A trial season (summer) or year based on a budget from collected fees. If your neighborhood buys in more then you receive more services.
The greater Rochester region has segregated the poor and institutional policies allow the concentration of impoverished children to attend a small number of schools. It denies access to an eduction burns out teachers and is shameful in 2014. Repeated focus and blaming of the poor or children of poverty or the teachers who struggle to provide an education is a distraction from larger systemic problems. Today cities like Richmond Virginia, Jacksonville Florida, Austin Texas have better educational realities for all.
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