It seems that the Rochester City School District Board of Education is better at choosing an interim superintendent than a permanent one.
Prior to hiring Jean Claude Brizard as permanent superintendent the district chose former Fairport superintendent Bill Cala to run the district.
While in that position, Dr. Cala worked tirelessly to unite the community in an effort to identify and then solve the many problems the district faced.
Upon hiring Brizard, all the work that was done was dismissed and a regime of suppression, oppression, and punishment ensued.
Superintendent Vargas was unable to effect the changes necessary to lift the district out of its failing history so now we have another hopeful interim, Dan Lowengard.
As the former Syracuse Superintendent, Lowengard brought “Say Yes to Education” to Syracuse.
According to Wikipedia, “Businessman and philanthropist George A. Weiss founded Say Yes to Education, Inc. in 1987, initially making a promise to 112 sixth graders at Belmont Elementary School in Philadelphia that he would cover the expenses of their college tuition if they graduated from high school. According to David Callahan, Weiss was “directly inspired by Eugene Lang, a philanthropist who made a similar promise to sixth-graders in Harlem, New York in 1981 and then set up the ‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation to spread this promise to more students.”
Bloomberg Business tells us, “George Weiss Associates Inc. is a privately owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm also offers brokerage services to its clients. It provides its services to banks and insurance companies. The firm invests in the public equity and hedging markets of the United States.”
Say Yes has chapters in Philadelphia, PA, Hartford, CT, Cambridge, MA, New York, NY, Syracuse, NY and Buffalo, NY.
Should Rochester adopt Say Yes it would mean that four of the “Big Five” will be receiving the benefits of yet another not-for-profit hedge funder.
When we provide every child with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents, we won’t need hedge fund managers to secure our children’s future.
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