Rochester City School District

We talk with two more candidates for Rochester City School Board. Nine candidates are vying for three open seats on the board. Our goal is to talk to all of the candidates before the primary on June 22.

This hour, we hear from Joshua Bauroth and Tatiana Welch about their platforms and priorities for the district. Our guests:

We hear from two more candidates for Rochester City School Board. Our goal is to talk to all of the candidates before Primary Day.

Our guests this hour include:

We talk with candidates for Rochester City School Board. Nine candidates are running in the Democratic primary, and there are three open seats on the board. Our goal is to hear from all nine candidates before voters head to the polls on June 22.

During this conversation, we talk with Joe Klein and Camille Simmons about why they are running and a number of issues affecting the district. Our guests:

The Rochester Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 budget, a $986 million plan that is $58 million higher than the current spending plan.

The budget benefited from more than $220 million in federal stimulus money as well an $84 million increase in state aid.

RCSD superintendent on crime wave: 'This has to stop'

Apr 28, 2021

Lesli Myers-Small, the superintendent of Rochester public schools, released an anguished video message on Wednesday begging for an end to violence in the city that she said has taken the lives of six students since the beginning of the school year.

What do Rochester City School District students think about the district’s proposed budget? How will it impact them? We talk with students about their priorities and what they want the school board and the superintendent to know before the final vote. 
Our guests:

  • Sarah Adams, student leader with the Youth Advisory Committee, and freshman at East High School
  • Joshua Karnes, youth organizer at Teen Empowerment’s Eastside site, and freshman at School of the Arts
  • Seven Williams, youth organizer at Teen Empowerment’s Westside site, and freshman at School of the Arts
  • Jasmine Gripper, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Families with prospective Rochester City School District students will have the opportunity to register this weekend

The district’s Department of Early Childhood Education and Office of Student Equity and Placement are holding a student registration event on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Freddie Thomas Learning Center at 625 Scio St. Families will need a recent physical, immunization records, and a birth certificate. They’ll also need a photo ID with proof of a city address in order to register. 

The Rochester City School District will return to in-person learning five days a week beginning on Sept. 8, Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small said Thursday.

New reporting from Justin Murphy at the Democrat and Chronicle shows that more than three quarters of Rochester City School District teachers and principals live in the suburbs. Murphy writes that of the top 100 earners in the district, only 12 live in the city. People studying the effect of this issue say there's a cost: a financial one, with tax dollars leaving the city and widening economic disparities between the city and the suburbs; and there's an impact on community-building at schools.

This hour, Murphy joins us to discuss what he learned from his extensive analysis, and we hear from community leaders who share their perspectives. Our guests:

  • Justin Murphy, education reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Simeon Banister, vice president of community programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association

While some area school districts are pushing to increase the number of in-person school days before the end of the school year, that won’t be happening in the Rochester City School District.

That’s according to the weekly message posted Friday on the RCSD website by District Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small.