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Bolgen Vargas at White House for student discipline talk

Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and two union presidents were at the White House in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to discuss restorative practices in school discipline, just days before the anticipated draft release of a new district code of conduct.


How Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley answer union’s questions about education

The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union in the country, became the first major union to endorse a candidate, when it picked Hillary Clinton earlier this month.


Senate’s “Every Child Achieves Act” Passes by 81-17

Minutes ago, a bipartisan majority of the Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act, which is the bill forged by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Patty Murray (D-WA). This is the long-overdue reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, the legislation passed by Congress in 2001 and signed into law on January 8, 2002.


U.S. Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act, End of NCLB Era Draws Closer

Pupils raising their hands during classGood things are worth waiting for – even if they take 13 years. After countless false starts and delays, the U.S. Senate stepped up on Thursday and passed the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA).


2015 Teacher of the Year: How to fight the ‘simplistic slogans and manipulated data’ of critics

Shanna Peeples is a high school English teacher in Amarillo, Texas,  who was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year earlier this year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Peeples teaches AP English at Palo Duro High School and serves as the English department chair as well as an instructional coach for other teachers.


Vargas to get expanded authority at 14 schools

A long-awaited list of schools deemed to be struggling includes 14 in the Rochester School District, granting Superintendent Bolgen Vargas expanded powers in attempting to turn around student achievement there.


Testing Revolt In Washington State Brings Feds Into Uncharted Waters

Seattle 11th-grader Elijah Falk added it all up and decided: It made no sense to take the tests. The Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced exams, Elijah was told, were grueling — but Washington state didn't require this year's juniors to pass them to graduate from high school.


Obama administration denies state’s request to relax test mandates for students with serious disabilities

It seemed like an entirely reasonable request. The state of New York asked the U.S. Department of Education if it could get flexibility from federal law to test students with disabilities — those with “significant intellectual delays and substantial difficulties in cognitive areas such as memory, language comprehension, reasoning and problem-solving” — based on their developmental level and not, as required, on their age.


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Colleagues,


As you return for the final week of this school year, I want to give you an update on just

a few of the issues that we are currently addressing:


  1. Teacher/Parent Communication Logs (Updated)

  2. APPR

  3. Receivership, Expanded Learning Time (ELT), Etc.

  4. Contract Negotiations


We will keep you informed about the progress of our efforts on your behalf. I hope that

you'll have a good final week of this school year and a restful summer vacation.


Adam Urbanski, RTA President


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It’s that time of year again!!  The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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APPR Evaluation selection for 2015-16 School Year on Peoplesoft  will take place between Tuesday, June 23 and July 17, 2015. You need to be on the district network or access through Citrix at home.

Rochester, New York was recently ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States. More than half of its children live in poverty. But on an early summer day, the students in the Rochester City School District have a spring in their step as they walk down the hallway – they’re getting 10 new books to take home for the summer.