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From the newsletter that went out today:
Choices Going Forward, Kudos Looking BackChoices
Don't forget the RCSD School Choice Expo tomorrow:
Saturday, January 7th at the Riverside Convention Center., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you have a child who is starting pre-k, kindergarten, or secondary school next year, the Expo is the place to go!
You can check out different programs, talk to teachers and principals, and pick up applications and parent compacts for secondary schools. You can also talk to representatives of various departments, such as Transportation and School Safety. And you can register your child for kindergarten at the Expo, if you bring copies of the required documents with you. (The document list is here: http://flowercityparents.org/forum/index.php?topic=3220.msg10560#msg10560.
If you know someone who is shopping for a school or a pre-school, please let them know about the Expo.Kudos
Three cheers for Mayor Richards!
Over the holidays, Assemblyman Gantt started talking about reintroducing mayoral control legislation. The mayor could have flirted with the idea; he could have said maybe, just maybe, he might take over the school district -- if people asked him often enough and nicely enough. He could also have taken a wait-and-see attitude.
Instead, he gave us a clear, decisive answer. He said, "I believe that pursuing mayoral control will result in what I want to avoid; diverting our attention from the need for steady academic improvement."
And, indeed, a mayoral control debate would have turned the superintendent search on its ear. Why would any candidate seek the job of superintendent of the Rochester City School District under a school board that might, at any moment, be dissolved?
Whether you support mayoral control or oppose it, it's hard to do anything other than admire a leader like Mayor Richards for looking at the proposal, realizing the timing was extremely bad, and putting the matter to rest.Choices again
Commissioner Mary Adams kindly shared her notes from the three public forums relating to the superintendent search. You can find them here: http://flowercityparents.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=shj5hq70hms70989nvnlgtioi2&topic=3188.0
Over the course of the three forums, a great many people spoke. A great many suggestions were offered. And, for almost every point of view, there was a counterpoint. Some people wanted a superintendent who will make enemies in order to get things done; others wanted a superintendent who will get things done by not making enemies. Some people wanted a fearless ankle-biter; others wanted a conciliatory type.
At some level, the citizens of Rochester do have to accept the fact that, unless we can all find a way to want exactly the same thing, the superintendent search cannot be completely responsive to community demands. It does not seem likely that any candidate will appeal to everyone equally.
At the same time, the board and the superintendent search committee need to keep stakeholders informed. The superintendent search committee has collected a great deal of input during the public forums and focus groups. What does the committee make of all this information? How has community input shaped the search? What sort of criteria is the committee now using? Where do we stand?And still more choices
While the district is choosing a leader, many families are choosing a school. School placement has always been tricky in a district the size of the RCSD -- but it's easier when consistent information is being circulated. If you go to a school or to the Placement Office and hear something that sounds strange or unreasonable (or wonderful and very reasonable), please log into our discussion board and let the rest of us know. You may have learned something very useful that just isn't being communicated widely. Or you may have gotten misinformation. Or you may be getting accurate information, but information that is nonetheless unreasonable. It's probably easier to sort this out as a community than as individuals.
Please see our kindergarten choice information (including a Q&A with the head of Placement) here:http://flowercityparents.org/forum/index.php?topic=3221.msg10506#msg10506
Information about the high-school application process is here:http://flowercityparents.org/forum/index.php?board=17.0