‘Distinguished educator’ Kenneth Eastwood won’t join Rochester school district

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Kenneth Eastwood, the man set to become a “distinguished educator” for Rochester city schools, will not join the school.

News 8 has learned that the New York State Education Department has dropped the appointment of Eastwood for the Rochester City School District.

State officials say Eastwood was unable to reach an agreement on a contract with the Rochester school board.

The state announced late last month that Eastwood would be assigned to the school as a “distinguished educator” — a position that would have Eastwood act as an emergency consultant for the district. State leaders cited the district’s failures to improve test scores.

State leaders say they will continue to work to find a new distinguished educator.

Statement from State Education Department spokesperson Emily DeSantis

The Board of Regents and State Education Department are steadfast in their commitment to improving academic programs in the Rochester City School District. With that commitment at heart, Commissioner Elia appointed a distinguished educator to help the Superintendent and School Board ensure all children in the district receive a high-quality education.

Today, Commissioner Elia rescinded Dr. Eastwood’s appointment as Distinguished Educator after he could not come to an agreement with the school board on the terms of his contract. While this is extremely disappointing, Commissioner Elia and Chancellor Rosa determined it is in the best interest of Rochester’s students to rescind the appointment at this time.

Earlier this year, Commissioner Elia and Chancellor Rosa met individually with each school board member and listened to their concerns and hopes for the district. With these conversations in mind, we are conducting a nationwide search for a qualified individual to serve in the position of Distinguished Educator for the district.

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