The State Education Department's latest School Receivership status report has good news and bad for the Rochester school district. Five Rochester schools were removed from the Receivership list, but 10 more were added to it.
[UPDATED 01/18/2019] City Council member Elaine Spaull says she won't seek reelection this year. There are nine seats on Council and four are open in this year's elections; all of them are district seats that represent a specific part of the city.
City Council has set the dates for three public forums it will hold on its proposal for a Police Accountability Board – all of them this month. Council released a proposal for a new oversight system earlier this week.
Rochester school board President Van White said at a board meeting Tuesday that he's seeking more time to respond to Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino's report. The report, which gave a harsh assessment of the school board and district administration, included a lengthy list of recommendations for improving the district.
This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
The Monroe County Jail will open its first medication-assisted treatment unit on January 22. The unit will provide dedicated housing and services for inmates with substance abuse problems – specifically opioid and alcohol addiction – who are voluntarily seeking treatment.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken a very direct step toward legalizing recreational cannabis use in New York: He's included a plan to do it in his budget proposal. Cuomo just wrapped up his annual State of the State and budget addresses to lawmakers, and legal cannabis was just one of a long list of policy proposals he laid out.
Following up on the December arts funding meeting held by the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester and members of City Council, Councilmember Elaine Spaull will host another public meeting on the topic on Wednesday, January 16.
The state Senate, for the first time, has voted on and passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend state anti-discrimination protections on things such as housing and employment to transgender people. The Assembly passed the bill today as well, marking the 11th time it has voted it through. The bill will now head to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has promised to sign it.