ASAR updates

Teachers contract sidesteps work on student discipline, advocates say

The Rochester City School District and the Rochester Teachers Association have negotiated a tentative new contract and some of the deal's contents are catching people by surprise. A section concerning personal injury benefits, in particular, is receiving a lot of attention: “Crimes committed in schools will be pursued as crimes committed elsewhere to the extent the District has the right to press charges for those crimes," it says. "In all other events, the District will fully support the teacher who chooses to press charges on his/her behalf.”

Vargas' deputies got three months' severance

Three top deputies to former Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas received severance packages worth tens of thousands of dollars when they departed with him, according to documents released by the district.

As BTF cries foul, Cash tries turning around 5 failing schools

One trains future welders and auto technicians. One separated the girls and the boys. Two are refuges for kids of Buffalo’s newest immigrants. Another is a state champion. Together, these five Buffalo schools – Burgard and South Park high schools, Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, Marva J. Daniels Futures Preparatory School and West Hertel Academy – share the unenviable spot of being among the first in New York to test the state’s new receivership law and meet its ultimatum: Improve, or else.

Dan Lowengard steps down as RCSD superintendent after stroke

Daniel Lowengard is stepping down as interim superintendent of the Rochester School District to recuperate from a stroke he had last week, the district announced announced Friday, a blow to a system in search of stability after the departure of Bolgen Vargas.

RCSD graduation rate up slightly

The Rochester School District June graduation rate rose slightly to 45.5 percent in 2015, according to new data from the New York State Education Department.