Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has received a response (see below) from the state education commissioner on her request to have a voice in struggling city schools.
Mayor de Blasio’s school discipline overhaul is drawing fire from the teachers union and parents who say the city hasn’t done enough to back up the new policies that prompted a huge drop in student suspensions. Starting in 2015, city Education Department officials made it more difficult for principals to suspend students as part of a larger effort to improve school climate. The push came at least in part from de Blasio, who had criticized suspension policies as discriminatory toward black and Hispanic kids since his days as Public Advocate.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in her State of the City address tonight that she has asked the state education commissioner and the Board of Regents to let her have a role in the plans for improving struggling city schools. The Rochester school district has a number of low-performing schools that could end up in receivership. That means that the city could end up with more than two-dozen schools with more than two-dozen different turnaround approaches, Warren said.
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Last night’s Rochester school board meeting started with a celebration of the accomplishments of a stellar group of young female students, followed by accolades for schools that were on the state’s list of low-performing schools, but are now showing solid academic achievement. The third floor conference room at the district’s central office was nearly filled to capacity with proud family members and onlookers.