Sharp budget cuts in RCSD's future

Sharp budget cuts in RCSD's future

Rochester's Interim Superintendent, Daniel Lowengard, presented his proposed budget for next year to the school board yesterday: $925 million,  a slight increase over this year's $922 million. But balancing the budget required $40 million in cuts, including eliminating 326 full-time jobs, Lowengard said.

 

RCSD budget: City will keep pushing for a say

Tension between Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester City School District is likely to heat up this spring. A Warren spokesperson says the city will continue to push for a say in how the district spends some of its money.

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Urban Action 3/20

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It's time to reinvent the Rochester school district

The Rochester City School District has myriad problems and failures. At its root, generational poverty is a key cause for its systemic failure.

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Overhaul coming for 19th Ward apartments

The residents of 447 Thurston Road and 967 Chili Avenue spent the better part of last year trying to get their landlord, Thurston Road Realty, to fix a long list of problems in their buildings: mold, electrical issues, sewage backups, broken doors, inadequate heat, and more. Home Leasing is wrapping up its purchase of the troubled properties from Thurston Road Realty.

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Children's mental health needs attention

When state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Letitia James released the findings earlier this month concerning the death of Rochester student Trevyan Rowe, they couldn't have been tougher. They slammed the district for a slew of "systemic failures" in school policies and procedures.

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Warren wants community schools in district budget

There's long been tension between the city administration and the Rochester City School District over the city's $119 million contribution to the district's annual operating budget.  The city is required to give the money to the school district because the Rochester school district can't levy taxes on its own, so it's dependent on the city for some of its funding. Historically, it's been up to the district to decide how the money will be spent.

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Aquino quarterly report: plusses and minuses

Jaime Aquino’s job as the Rochester School District’s Distinguished Educator includes working with the school board and district staff to address their problems. Last week, Aquino issued his first quarterly report on the district’s progress, and not surprisingly, the district got mixed grades.

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