Rochester City School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas answered questions about his State of Our Schools speech.

He was on 1370 Connection with Bob Smith until 1:00 p.m. followed by the live chat here until 1:30 p.m.

Community Event Remembers Dr. King

Jan 16, 2012

Reverend Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School delivered the keynote address at the 27th annual Collective Community Celebration at the Eastman Theater on Monday, January 16th.

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full speech.

Governor Cuomo says he intends to take on what he calls the “education bureaucracy” this year.  Cuomo’s new budget plan, to be released Tuesday afternoon, will likely further that goal.

One day before he was to release his budget plan, Governor Cuomo spoke at the state’s Martin Luther King Day commemoration. He attacked the education establishment, continuing a theme he began in his State of the State message.

Millions in federal money due to Rochester schools from the Race To The Top program is being held back by the State Education Department, and School Board president Malik Evans still isn't sure why.

Evans says he only knows that every large city school system in the state is in the same boat, and some of them are hurting far worse than Rochester, which can take the funding delay in stride, for now.

In Depth: Regional School Study in Ontario County

Jan 8, 2012

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews Kristin Pryor and Jaime Saunders of the Center for Governmental Research about their regional school study in Ontario County.

Watch the segment from Friday, January 6, 2012 in the video box below.

Union: Rochester Being Bullied by State Education Department

Jan 5, 2012

The head of the local teachers union says Albany is bullying the city school district by suspending millions of dollars in federal Race to the Top money.

But Dr. Adam Urbanski says he’s confident the issue will be resolved soon.

State Education Commissioner, John King, announced earlier this week that State Improvement Grants to 10 school districts - including Rochester - are being suspended.

King cited shortcomings in the application for the grant money - in particular the teacher-principal evaluation system - as the reason for the suspension.

The local library probably isn’t the first place you think of to find professional hockey players and some very young hockey fans.

But in his Good News Series report, WXXI's Alex Crichton checks out the unusual combination.

Good News Series: Museum of Kids Art

Dec 27, 2011

It has been a difficult year for the director of the Museum of Kids Art on Webster Avenue in the city. She faced legal charges related to the mishandling of a small portion of a federal grant, and the non-profit lost some money because of that.

Buffalo Students Offered Scholarships as College Incentive

Dec 20, 2011

Buffalo public school kids are being offered quite an incentive: graduate and get into college, and the finances to pay for school will be available. That's what a new education partnership is promising city school kids.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Say Yes to Education, a national nonprofit, are teaming up for the initiative. The goal is to offer full or partial college scholarships to city school kids over a 20-year period.

Alphonso O’Neil White is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation.

WXXI-TV News Special: The Dropout Dilemma

Dec 9, 2011

WXXI-TV aired "The Dropout Dilemma," a LIVE Town Hall meeting on the crisis in city schools and the impact it has on the community Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.

The program focused on how the dropout issue in the Rochester City School District impacts the community as a whole and possible solutions to the problem.

WXXI's Hélène Biandudi and WDKX's Tariq Spence hosted the live program from WXXI's Television Studios. You can watch the full program in the video box below.