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Connections: Discussing the proposed Rochester City School District cuts


The Rochester City School District has sent letters informing dozens of teachers that they will lose their jobs, or be shifted to different positions, pending board approval. Board president Van White has said that cuts have to be made, but they must be made as far from students as possible.

This week, hundreds of students and parents have protested the proposed cuts, which would take effect in January. Our guests discuss next steps:

  • Willa Powell, longest-tenured member of the Rochester City School Board
  • Stevie Vargas, community organizer for Citizen Action of New York
  • Chris Widmaier, former Rochester City School District teacher
  • Mercedes Phelan, lead organizer for Citizen Action of New York