State Report: 15 Rochester City Schools Are Failing

Rochester, NY (WROC)– It’s an old problem getting new attention. In a report released Thursday, 178 schools statewide are considered failing. 15 are in the Rochester City School District. According to the report, five out of the 15 schools have been failing for the last 10 years. Failing is considered the bottom five percent of schools statewide based on combined ELA and math scores. School Number 9, School 45, Monroe High School, East High, and Charlotte High School have all been failing for the last decade.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said these schools have been a problem for years yet no one is doing anything about it. So, he’s hoping a renewed focus will help generate change.
“It’s old news,” said State Operations Director, Jim Malatras. “But, that doesn’t matter to the child in the school district. What matters to that child and the parent of that child is a good education. And, the state and state stakeholders and legislators have to respond. We have to fundamentally do something about these schools.”
In a statement, the Rochester City School Superintendent sighted University of Rochester’s takeover of East High and the proposal to close Charlotte High School. “Our Action Plan is taking us in the right direction to remove Rochester schools from priority lists and have them recognized instead for improved achievement.”
To address the problem, Cuomo is proposing schools follow in Massachusetts’ footsteps.
There, when a school fails for three years, a non profit, another school district or an expert must take over the school.
That is the approach being taken at East High.

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