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State officials draft Rochester School District takeover plan; future in doubt

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
Alex Crichton/WXXI News
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

State education officials have drafted a plan to replace the Rochester Board of Education with a state-appointed board for at least five years, according to documents that CITY Newspaper has obtained. At the end of the five years, the district’s governance would return to an elected board. 

The plan is a result of ongoing concerns about the state of the Rochester City School District, primarily its governance. 

For it to become a reality, though, the plan would require action by the state Legislature: only the Legislature can remove elected school boards in New York state.

And while some in the Rochester community have been calling for a change in the district's governance, opposition seems likely from some local school activists, the school board, and the New York State teachers union.

This is a developing story. To see more, click here.

Macaluso is a CITY Newspaper reporter.