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The City School District: Rochester’s “Elephant in the Room”

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Barely half of students entering the Rochester City School District as 9th graders graduate in four years. Many who do receive an RCSD diploma either choose not to attend college or fail to complete even an associate’s degree.

This Rochester Beacon Solutions Forum, held in partnership with The College at Brockport’s Institute for Poverty Studies and Economic Development, will explore two levels of intervention. The first category includes some form of state receivership that partly augments and partly displaces existing district governance and mayoral control. The second includes four models: charter schools; independent, cross-district schools intentionally mixed by socioeconomic status; community schools; and the current receivership model as applied at East High School.

Bond, Schoeneck & King is presenting sponsor of the event. Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP and the Rochester Area Community Foundation are silver sponsors.

Herding the Elephant: District-wide revolution

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Cerf, former Superintendent of Schools, Newark, N.J.

Respondent panel

Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester

Jackie Campbell, ROC the Future

Walida Monroe-Sims, Rochester City School District parent

Adam Urbanski, Rochester Teachers Association

How to eat an elephant? One school at a time!


Charter schools: Anna Hall, Northeast Charter School Network

Community schools: Kirsten Barclay, Farash Foundation

Cross-district schools: Don Pryor, Great Schools for All

Receiver model: Shaun Nelms, Superintendent, East High School


May 13
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Rochester Beacon


Brockport Downtown/REOC Building
131 North Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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