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Last May, after George Floyd was killed in police custody and nationwide protests for social justice began, East High School Superintendent Shaun Nelms challenged his colleagues across Monroe County to teach students about Rochester's history of segregation and disparity.

"I would also say that the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester was also a reminder that this work is critically important," Nelms added, referring to the man who died last March after Rochester police restrained him. 

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The Rochester School Board has voted to extend the partnership with the University of Rochester for operating East High School. That’s been going on for five years and it will continue now for another five years. 

Superintendent of East High School, Shaun Nelms, is pleased that the graduation rate at East has risen from 33% to about 70%, but he says they will continue to work to improve that performance.

Nelms says he looks forward to what the next several years will bring not only for East, but for other schools in the district. 

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The former chief diversity officer at The College at Brockport who was fired Friday issued his first public statement on the matter Monday.

Cephas Archie received a wave of support from people across the community, including East High Superintendent Shaun Nelms and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. Students and community members protested on campus and online using the hashtag #weseeyou, or the phrase: "We stand with Dr. Archie."