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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 17

Oct 17, 2019

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First hour: Should journalists be allowed to live tweet during trials?

Second hour: Members of the Rochester Coalition for Public Education describe their plan for improving the RCSD

This past summer, a debate erupted over allowing journalists to tweet during trials. Some local doctors urged a judge to institute a ban on social media usage from the courtroom. The critics were concerned that possible victims were being identified, and that sloppy or inaccurate information was being published before reporters had a chance to edit. Modern technology gives reporters a chance to disseminate information instantly; is it the right way to do it? Our guests debate it:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., pediatrician at Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice focuses on the intersection of social media and the law
  • Allison O'Malley, chief executive officer of RESOLVE
  • Will Cleveland, reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Sean Lahman, reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle

The Rochester Coalition for Public Education is local organization aiming to educate the public, educators, and policy makers about education research -- and how it can improve outcomes in the Rochester City School District. The coalition has developed a set of recommendations for the RCSD and the Board of Regents. We sit down with coalition members to discuss the debate over a state takeover or mayoral control, and the most effective path forward. In studio:

  • Henry Padron, retired School #12 Kindergarten teacher, and former RCSD bilingual director
  • Vicki Robertson, RCSD parent, and member of the School Based Planning Team at Wilson Commencement
  • Dan Drmacich, coalition coordinator and retired principal of School Without Walls