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Coming up on Connections: Friday, December 6

Dec 6, 2019

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First hour: The debate over bail reform legislation in New York State

Second hour: Discussing the growth and impact of International Baccalaureate programs 

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter recently wrote an op-ed for the Democrat and Chronicle in which he called for the state to reverse its bail reform measure. Baxter says the legislation could lead to unintended consequences when it comes to issues related to safety, addiction, and more. But public defenders and activists disagree, and say bail reform is a necessary part of criminal justice reform. Our guests debate the issue. In studio:

  • Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter
  • Don Thompson, managing partner at Easton, Thompson, Kasperek, and Shiffrin
  • Ashley Gantt, regional organizer for the Genesee Valley chapter of NYCLU

Then in our second hour, we discuss the growth and impact of International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in schools. The programs aim to develop students’ intellectual, emotional, personal, and social skills for a globalizing world. We talk with local program coordinators and students about their experiences and what an IB education looks like. In studio:

  • Barbara M. Surash, assistant superintendent for instruction at Hilton Central School District
  • Robert Chaffee, junior in the IB program at Hilton Central School District
  • Asad Muhamed, 2014 graduate of the IB program at Wilson Magnet High School, and 2018 graduate of the University of Rochester
  • Jason Cao, senior in the IB program at Wilson Magnet High School
  • Dwayne Hall, junior in the IB program at Wilson Magnet High School