Confusion around special education programs continues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Warren: put state RCSD takeover on the ballot

Mayor Lovely Warren stepped up her push for a state takeover of the Rochester City School District. She wants city residents to vote on the issue.

Aquino says his report rallied the community around city schools

Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino said at a press conference today that he was impressed by how much parents, teachers, and the Rochester community have responded to his report on the problems with the city school district.  Calling it a "catalyst  for demanding something else," Aquino said his report speaks for itself.

What's next for the RCSD?

In a system wracked by uncertainty and instability, there are more questions than ever about the Rochester school district's future. Among the most recent developments:

Geneva first in region to launch energy program

The Town of Geneva will be the first community in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region to go live with a program that will switch households and small businesses over to a fully renewable electricity supply, unless those customers say that don't want it. The change will happen on July 1.

The state of the neighborhoods

Rochester voters will elect four key city officials this year: the people who represent the city's diverse City Council districts. But on the front lines of city life is a mosaic of neighborhood associations, block clubs, residents, business, and community institutions.

State may get strong rent laws

The state legislature could approve new protections this month for many apartment tenants – in Upstate New York as well as in New York City. In a joint statement last week, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said they will "advance a historic package of tenant protections that encompasses the principles of the nine bills" that have been circulating at the Capitol in recent weeks.

A changing City Council faces major challenges

The City of Rochester continues to be a place of sharp contrasts: deep, persistent poverty existing side by side with affluence, college graduates working in tech firms a mile or so from neighborhoods where high-school drop-outs are hanging out on street corners. A medical center's research labs in one quadrant of the city, drug dealers selling heroin in another.

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