Channel 10 News reporter Rachel Spotts shared this news with the Rochester community:
“The Rochester City School District ranks the lowest in the entire state when it comes to test scores but the School Board that runs it receives the highest compensation. In fact, while many in surrounding areas don’t receive any pay, board members in Rochester also receive benefits for life.
Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse are the only districts in the state that pay board members and in Rochester, school board members rake in the most – over $20,000 a year.
But your tax dollars are paying part of that bill and with a retirement pension, you could be paying for life for what the state considers to be a part time job.”
The Rochester City School District is one of New York State’s “Big Five”. As the only five fiscally dependent school districts in New York State, the Big 5 districts are, and continue to be, the only districts restrained from adopting budgets to accommodate their student needs.
Rochester is fiscally dependent on New York State because it does not support its school district through its tax base.
Rochester is obligated to New York State because it does not support itself and therefore must fail its students in order to maintain and increase its yearly budget.
Each year our children struggle and fail under the orders received from NYSED to deliver their common core curriculum though all research indicates that its results are failing to provide children with an excellent education.
Our educational leaders are being paid to do what is financially for the “hedgehogs”.
When we change the language of education so that it concentrates on providing every child with an excellent education, it will not be necessary to employ individuals that were intended to volunteer their services to insure the educational success of all children.
When we concentrate on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children, it will not be necessary to beg for state funding by kowtowing to their ineffective and inefficient system of education.
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