Education news

Longtime West Irondequoit School Superintendent Jeff Crane is retiring. 

That word came Thursday from the school board, which notes that Crane has served that district for more than 21 years, including the last 15 years as Superintendent.

Crane will retire as of January 1, 2019.

Officials say Crane has overseen numerous projects including the implementation of full day kindergarten, and worked to foster long-term financial stability for the district.

He has also served as Chairperson of the Urban-Suburban Transfer Program Governance Committee

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Mayor Lovely Warren  on Monday responded to controversy over her decision to let UPrep valedictorian Jaisaan Lovett speak at City Hall.

The graduate gave his valedictorian speech on the city's  YouTube page when the president of the school denied him from speaking at graduation.

Warren was quite emphatic about her decision to give Lovett a platform, saying far too often, we only talk about kids in the city in a negative way.

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The president of a charter school in Rochester who has been part of a story that gained national attention after the school’s valedictorian wasn’t allow to speak at graduation has left that school.

A statement released Monday from University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men says it has accepted the retirement of the school’s president, Joseph Munno.

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The Rochester City School District has been awarded almost $4 million in grant money to support “well-rounded educational opportunities.”

The $3.75 million grant distributed by the state comes from a $28.5 million pot of federal money designated for “persistently dangerous” low-income schools with “consistently underperforming subgroups of students.”

Schools could apply for grants in one of three categories: safe and healthy students, effective use of technology, and well-rounded educational opportunities.

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A new partnership between Monroe Community College and the Rochester City School District means 30 families will have access to free, full-day pre-kindergarten starting this fall at MCC's Brighton campus.

Fourteen slots will be open for 3-year-old children in an expanded pre-K program. This is for children who are English language learners or who have special needs and whose families meet income requirements.

Keuka College

Keuka College will be looking for a new president.  Jorge Diaz-Herrera will retire effective July 1st, citing a death in his immediate family earlier this morning.

“‘Family first’ has always been the mantra at Keuka College. I have made the difficult decision to retire as president so that I can provide the help and support my daughter and young grandsons need in this time of tragedy,” he said.

The Board of Trustees has appointed Amy Storey, vice president for advancement and external affairs, as interim president effective July 1.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A New York court has thrown out rules that would have let some charter schools certify their own teachers. 

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Young has ruled that only the state education commissioner and Board of Regents can set teacher qualification standards. 

The ruling voids an alternative certification process approved by the State University of New York Charter Schools Committee last October.

The Children's Agenda

A local independent group is urging the city of Rochester to put more funding into the future of children and youth.

The Children’s Agenda recently released its analysis of the proposed 2018-2019 city budget.

The group notes the city is playing a significant role in a number of initiatives and commends the allocations for developmental screening, full time librarians and expanded community engagement, yet it recommends that the city should do more for its youngest residents.

Pittsford Schools

A new Inclusivity Advisory Committee is coming to the Pittsford Central School District.

Superintendent Michael Pero says they received around 70 applications for the all-volunteer committee.

"What a better way to approach it than have a group of caring people come together that have expertise in certain areas, and help guide us with recommendations relative to bringing that diverse population together."

Hilton School District

The Hilton School District is thinking about bringing armed security guards onto their campus, as school shootings nationwide have been on the rise in recent months.

The school board was supposed to vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve what they're calling "Armed Youth Assistants." But that vote has been postponed now due to the community asking for more discussion around the issue.

The planned board vote drew a lot of comments on social media, with some people posting on Facebook expressing concerns about how the process has been handled.