Let’s not abandon high academic standards

Recent calls for improving graduation rates by eliminating state-run exit exams are misguided. A high school diploma is meaningless if it doesn’t prepare students for what comes next.

A step toward an RCSD special-ed settlement

A class-action lawsuit filed this month could provide a path to bringing the city school district’s out-of-compliance special education program into line with federal and state requirements.

The RCSD board’s uncertain future

Board members and a referendum calling for state intervention are on the November ballot. Meanwhile, the district’s distinguished educator has quit and the state education commissioner who appointed him plans to leave. What’s next?

Why we need business leadership more than ever

Most MBA programs reflect the rational and scientific management theories of the 20th century. In the new era of disruptive change, however, competitive advantage lies with maximizing human potential in organizations through leadership.

State education commissioner Elia resigns

Her resignation, effective Aug. 31, creates an additional level of uncertainty for the Rochester City School District, which for months has faced the possibility that Elia could order a state takeover of the district.

Education, economic status and student performance

Socioeconomic factors explain most of the differences in student performance between school districts—but not all. Even with these factors taken into account, school districts in Rochester and other large New York cities underperform.

Lessons from other cities: School quality as an equity strategy

Rochester was chosen by the “Reinventing America’s Schools” project of the Progressive Policy Institute as one of eight cities to share best practices on improving urban education. A May 30 workshop addressed the challenge posed by Rochester public education by introducing participants in promising reform models.

Two approaches to RCSD change

The panels at the Rochester Beacon’s May 13 forum explored both districtwide intervention and school-by-school initiatives. Videos of their detailed discussions are now online.