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The Hilton Central School District is considering arming retired law enforcement officers to work security. It's a proposal that has caused debate among parents; some argue that bringing more guns in to schools is inherently unsafe, while others feel that trained former officers are capable of handling firearms in a secure manner.

We discuss the proposal with people on different sides of the issue. Our guests:

  • Casey Kosiorek, superintendent of the Hilton Central School District
  • Dave Inzana, director of safety and security for the Hilton Central School District
  • Stephanie Bedenbaugh, parent and leader with the Rochester chapter of Moms Demand Action
  • Kelly Lincoln, parent, member of Progressive Parents of Hilton, and licensed clinical social worker

Most school rankings lean heavily on academic performance, but what if test scores were taken out of the equation? The Democrat & Chronicle's Justin Murphy did exactly that, and his recent piece offers a new way to look at school rankings. So who's on top? And how were the rankings done? Our guests will tell us. In studio:

  • Justin Murphy, education reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Joanne Larson, professor of education and associate director of research for the Center for Urban Education Success at the University of Rochester
  • John Gonzalez, Jr., principal of Francis Parker School No. 23

An organization of local parents and educators has released a new survey of 600 Monroe County parents (300 in the city; 300 in the suburbs), finding that parents badly want more diversity in schools. The organization called Great Schools for All is using the survey to bolster their case for a network of magnet schools that are cross-district, modeling off a number of successful schools in other states.

So, can this happen? Are parents truly ready? Are school districts willing to buy in? Our guests:

New York state's testing opt-out numbers swelled to 20 percent this year. What does that mean going forward? We'll talk to East Rochester Superintendent Mark Linton, whose district saw scores go up... but participation go way down. We'll also talk with the Democrat & Chronicle's Justin Murphy, who has covered this issue exhaustively, and Emmy Thevanesan, a board member for Greece schools and a teacher in Spencerport.

Should students go into journalism? Financial journalist Felix Salmon says no, not anymore. His piece touched off a strong online debate over whether 20-somethings should abandon the profession and find another career. It made me wonder: what do local journalists of all ages say about getting into the field in Rochester? In studio:

In this hour, the nation's largest organization of pediatricians has released new recommendations on school start times. For middle and high school, they're drawing a red line: no earlier than 8:30 a.m. That's because doctors say there's an epidemic of sleep loss in the teen population. But is 8:30 a.m. realistic? How would it impact schools? We discuss it with Heidi Connolly, chief of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Golisano Children's Hospital.