Public may vote on who disciplines police

Public may vote on who disciplines police

Rochester voters apparently will have a say in how much power a new Police Accountability Board would have. At its May 21 meeting, City Council plans to vote on establishing an independent Police Accountability Board with broad powers.

RCSD gets Elia's rewrite orders

Rochester’s school district leaders have six weeks to assure state education officials that they know how to correct major problems in the district – and that they'll be able to follow.

Rochester school board names four RCSD superintendent finalists

The Rochester school board has identified four finalists for the permanent superintendent position. The board will hold public forums on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday May 5 to hear the candidates will describe their experience and answer questions.

Warren urges 'outrage' and action over school district

In her annual State of the City address last night, Mayor Lovely Warren ramped up her call for change in the Rochester City School District. And she urged the public to join her in pushing for reform.

Family and future

Young former refugees balance immense responsibilities
The house on Maltby Street was humming. A dozen children, cousins and siblings ages 4 to 14, filled the living room with the yelps of youth at play.

Students' mental health needs are increasing

The college years have long been portrayed in fiction and film as the best years of a young person's life, a time for frolic, freedom, and philosophy. But the results of the American College Health Association's 2017 Health Assessment Survey offers a starkly different picture of student life on US campuses.

Feds could protect Ontario's shipwrecks

Federal officials are considering an application to designate a swath of eastern Lake Ontario as a marine sanctuary, and they're seeking public comments on the proposal. The 1,700-square-mile sanctuary would extend from Wayne County's western border to the area of Cape Vincent in Jefferson County.

Feldman says no to increasing armed UR officers

Addressing what has been a controversial issue concerning public safety on the University of Rochester campus's various sites, President Richard Feldman has decided that armed  Department of Public Safety "supervisors" will have unrestricted access to all parts of the UR's campuses.

DOT plans Lake Avenue project

The state Department of Transportation is preparing to redo Lake Avenue between Lyell Avenue and Flower City Parkway, and pedestrians stand to benefit at least somewhat from the work. The DOT expects to begin milling and resurfacing the pothole-plagued street in a few months.

RCSD officials wrestle with budget priorities

Preparing the budget for the coming year has always been a mammoth undertaking for the Rochester City School District, but this year it's particularly challenging. Most school budgets are designed to implement policies, support strategic goals, and address problems.

Rochester housing activists push reforms with Tenant Spring

Unlike San Francisco and New York City, Rochester has a reputation for having housing that's affordable – and it does, for people with a good income. But for many, many Rochesterians, housing isn't affordable at all.

Clergy urge Council not to change police accountability legislation

City Council might amend it’s Police Accountability Board proposal to allow former law enforcement officers to serve as members, and a group of Rochester clergy are speaking out against that idea. Members of the Roc/ACTS Religious Leaders Caucus gathered at Baber African Methodist Episcopal Church on Meigs Street this afternoon and called on City Council to pass the legislation it unveiled in January.

Lightfoot in line to serve as Council's next VP

Rochester City Councilman Willie Lightfoot has been nominated to become Council Vice President,  Council President Loretta Scott says. Has to be be confirmed by City Council at its meeting Tuesday night before taking the vice president position. Lightfoot has served on Council since 2018 and is chair of its Public Safety, Youth, and Recreation Committee, a role in which he's helped steer the development of police accountability legislation.

Halstead appointed to Legislature seat

Perinton resident Kara Halstead is the new County Legislator for Monroe County's 18th District. Legislature President Joe Carbone  appointed her to fill the vacant seat, which covers parts of East Rochester and Perinton, last week.

Review of the RCSD's budget proposal offers praise and caution

The Children's Agenda annually reviews the Rochester City School District's budget in an effort to give parents and the public a more transparent and analytical look at how the administration is planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year. In its report on the proposed $924.5 million budget for the 2019-2020 school year, the non-profit  children's advocacy group acknowledged that the district has made discernible progress at reducing suspensions, improving graduation rates, improving some of its lowest performing schools, and focusing on special education and English language learners.  The review also points out that advancements have been made despite a long list of widely-reported problems, such as another change in senior leadership, a harsh report about the district's failings from Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino,  and an equally tough report on the investigation into the death of student Trevyan Rowe. 

CRCDS names its next president

For the first time in its 200-year history, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will be led by a woman. The school announced today that it has named Angela Sims, a vice president at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas and Oklahoma, as its next president.

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