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.

The other opioid crisis

Rochester health care providers are hard at work averting another type of opioid crisis: a shortage of injectable opioids for home hospice and other outpatients who truly need them. How are they dealing with the challenge?

The intersection of faith and politics

The constitutional agnosticism about religious belief (or unbelief) has spurred a creedal pluralism and religious vitality that is unique among Western nations. As the mid-term elections approach, the Beacon invited two perspectives on the intersection of faith and political engagement.