In a Rochester Beacon column posted on April 25, I argued that the persistent dysfunction of the district’s administration was beyond the powers of the local community to repair and that a fundamental shift in the powers governing the education of our city’s children was urgently required. That sentiment did not originate with me, of course, and it was reinforced by comments made by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren at the Beacon’s education forum on May 13.
Reports now suggest that Andrew Brown, vice chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents and Warren are supporting a state takeover of Rochester’s City School District. As reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the plan under consideration would replace the elected Rochester Board of Education with a body appointed by the state Board of Regents. The Commissioner of Education, Mary Ellen Elia, would appoint and supervise the superintendent.
What do you think? I’ve drafted a brief survey with a series of statements in support of specific proposals presented in the forum.
Please note: The statements are designed to elicit an opinion. Each statement makes the case in favor of the specific initiative. As a respondent, you are invited to agree or disagree and to elaborate on your opinion.
Click here to respond to the survey or click on the QR code below.
Next week I’ll report on the results of the survey and offer my own analysis of each of the ideas presented at the Beacon forum.