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.

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.

RCSD takeover? Tell us what you think

Reports suggest that the New York State Board of Regents and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren support a state takeover of the Rochester City School District. The May 13 Beacon education forum discussed specific proposals that could be solutions to the district’s woes. What do you think of these ideas? Participate in a survey.

Breaking the cycle of failure in Rochester’s schools

A local solution to the Rochester city schools crisis is beyond local reach. Power is too fragmented to permit substantive change. It’s time for New York to declare an educational emergency and establish receivership for the district.

The Chinese recycling bombshell and us

A year ago, China announced that it would stop being our enabler by accepting the jumble of plastic and paper we put in those blue recycling boxes. It’s now time for each of us to take responsibility for our solid waste.

The cashless tolling ‘Catch-22’

Cashless tolling should save money for taxpayers over time and reduce traffic congestion on more heavily-traveled roads and bridges. But you need to play by the rules or risk owing big fines.