WHEC News reported: Rochester City Council approves budgets for city and school district
“The city council approved budgets for the City of Rochester and Rochester City School District during a meeting Tuesday night.
“I am pleased that again taxes will decrease for City homeowners, all while maintaining city services and amenities,” said Council President Loretta Scott in an emailed statement.
The city budget was approved by a 9-0 vote while the school district budget passed by a vote of 8-1 with Councilmember Carolee Conklin voting “no.”
Speaking with News10NBC about the school budget, Conklin, who is retiring this year after three terms in office, did not mince words.
“It’s a horrible waste of an awful lot of money. It’s a district that’s failing its students,” says Conklin. “It’s not preparing them to go out into the world forJOBS , for adulthood, even to maintain a checkbook.”
. . . “We’ve been innovative,” says White. “We pulled in the U of R, the largest employer in this region. We recently signed an agreement, a letter of intent, with SUNY Geneseo to run one of our elementary school. We have a smart phone app where parents can look at their phone and look real-time in terms of when their kids are going to graduate — that’s going online. We gave a car away to increase attendance, so we do think there is some progress.”
The mayor agreed.”
Identifying inconsequential movements as innovative, handing off schools to be run by colleges, allowing parents smart phone access to their child’s graduation date and giving away a car to increase attendance are placative, ineffective and expensive responses to the real problems that plague the RCSD.
Enticing attendance does not educate, parent access to graduation dates does not educate, bringing in colleges to do your job, for which you are being paid, does not educate.
Motivating students to want to learn by showing them they are gifted and talented with something valuable to offer society will cause them to want to become intelligent, knowledgeable, actively engaged members of their society.
This is something to which we can all agree.
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