How young professionals see Rochester

When Rochester native Andrew Brady returned here in 2012 after going to college at Cornell University and living in Boston for a few years, he found the city undergoing a transformation. In an wide-ranging audio interview with Rochester Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny, the Rochester Young Professionals president talks about why Rochester now is a magnet for a growing number of young people, and other topics. Listen to their conversation.

Running out of time

The Rochester City School District has less than two months to formally respond to Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino’s call for change. If there is no meeting of minds, the district could face a state takeover or cede control to the mayor.

Steps forward by schools in receivership

Nine Rochester schools in receivership have met targets set by the state Department of Education, showing signs of improvement. In the receivership program, management of schools whose students have failed to meet minimum standards set by the state is put under control of a specially appointed receiver.

Behind bars, parents work to build a family bond

For the last 12 years, through her nonprofit, New York State Literary Center, Dale Davis has helped inmates at the Monroe Correctional Facility in Brighton become more engaged with their community, and with their families, through reading and writing.

Rochester’s affordability edge

Quality of life and other non-financial factors often get credit for retaining Rochester residents and drawing new ones. But what if money also is part of the equation? Is it possible the high-taxes narrative is only part of the story?

False stereotypes harm people in poverty

Politicians promote misconceptions to build support for punitive approaches to programs that help people in poverty pay for food, receive medical care and find housing.

RIT’s decisive moment

This year marks a half-century since RIT relocated from downtown to Henrietta. What began as a move born of necessity paved the way to realize a more modern, progressive vision for the institute.

Is single payer in New York the answer?

A tribal conflict over the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has rekindled support for universal access and the single-payer model. The Rochester Beacon asked the St. Joseph Neighborhood Center’s Sr. Christine Wagner and former Excellus CEO David Klein to address this important topic.