State takeover of RCSD is not the answer

State takeover of RCSD is not the answer

Our focus should be on expanding the successful programs we see at outstanding schools in the district. Taking away the voice of voters and community members isn’t the answer.

 

Confusion around special education programs continues

Even as preschool special education providers began inking contracts with Monroe County this week, the county has continued to clarify what those contracts mean. The new agreements, set to take effect July 1, laid out new reimbursement rates for preschool special education services.

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Rochester Sudanese youth protest against massacre in home country

Sudan's transitional military government has been increasingly violent against peaceful protesters. Local organizers are holding a demonstration in support of the Sudanese people at noon Saturday in front of the Liberty Pole.

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Bronson releases legislation to improve RCSD

Assembly member Harry Bronson has released a draft of the Rochester City School District Empowerment Act, a bill he says will help improve student outcomes in Rochester schools.

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Urban Action 6/12

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Urban Action

Health care, not jail for some suspects

Some people accused of crimes in Monroe County will be diverted away from jails and into mental health care under a program that began last week. Police officers and sheriff's deputies now have the option to refer people accused of misdemeanors or low-level violations to a behavioral clinic instead of booking them into jail.

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Arts groups share ideas on boosting downtown

Representatives from four US cities took center stage at an Arts in the Loop symposium last week at the Eastman School of Music, sharing their ideas on how to boost Rochester's economic development through arts and culture. A coalition of arts groups, community leaders, and others, Arts in the Loop hopes to help revitalize downtown Rochester with the arts.

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Nominations sought for arts steering committee

A collective of local arts organization members is putting together a committee with the intention of getting Rochester's arts and creative communities involved in the city's comprehensive plan process. Last month the city of Rochester presented a draft of "Rochester 2034," its 15-year comprehensive plan for improvements in housing, transportation, economic growth, and other areas.

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Many city high school students getting free home internet

About 8,000 Rochester City School District students in grades 9-12 will be offered free home internet access through their district-issued Chromebooks. The service is being offered to students who don't have internet access in their home in order to help them with homework and research when they're not in school, according to a statement from the Rochester School District.

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State offers $300 million for lakeshore infrastructure

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will provide up to $300 million to assist communities along Lake Ontario that have been hurt by flooding this year and in 2017. Cuomo announced the funding this morning during a press conference at the Riverside Convention Center.

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Brighton Eco-Fair @ Brighton High School

Father's Day at GCV&M @ Genesee Country Village & Museum

Father's Day at GCV&M @ Genesee Country Village & Museum

Father's Day Train Rides @ Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Dads free w/ paid youth or adult....

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Popular Events

  • Genesee Valley Fare & Ware Festival @ Letchworth State Park

    • Sun., June 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10
  • Pittsford Canal Crawl @ Schoen Place

    • Sun., June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$20
  • Father's Day Train Rides @ Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

    • Sun., June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10/$12
  • Father's Day at GCV&M @ Genesee Country Village & Museum

    • Sun., June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$18 / Dads are free
  • Western New York Pottery Festival @ Studio Sales Pottery

    • Sun., June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1/$2/Free 12 & under

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