The Education Committee of the SW Common Council
6-7:30 pm at
For Zoom Link, Contact John Boutet @ firstname.lastname@example.org
PDF of Minutes: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2023-05-24.pdf
John Boutet SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271, email@example.com
Cynthia Butterworth RCPE & Citizen Action, 615-5888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleanor Coleman CCFCS YouthBuild, Rotary SW, 224-5119, email@example.com
Sylvia Cooksey School 10 Acting Community Site Coordinator, 233-2612,
Lee Loomis School #10 Volunteer Tutor, 738-3079, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phyllis Moss 19th Ward Ed Chair, 451-1686, email@example.com
Isaiah Santiago School Board Candidate, 498-5594, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome & Introductions
Quick update of School News
Isaiah Santiago who is running for RCSD School Board attended our meeting.
6/14 and 6/22 are two school closing dates. Lots of exams and assessments happening right now for elementary and high school.
Teachers going to be trained in computer-based testing.
Summer school is focusing on enrichment as opposed to just bringing skills up.
Lots of changes expected at Central Office which would take place after July 1.
Lots of proms and celebrations happening now.
For Receivership Schools, they are filling out the required quarterly reports - determine if schools meeting the standards, metrics, etc.
We must assure the partner relationships go beyond just paper; do they really do something to enhance the schools?
Asset Mapping - identifying what is positive and what are the opportunities in the surrounding school area.
Local Busing - the latest
John Boutet gave a history of taking steps to stop the closing of School #16, including work with Ralph Spezio who had much success making School #17 a community school with wraparound services.
Our current progressive NYS Assembly and Senate reps interoduced 1/2 mile reimbersement last year but it did not get out of committee last year or this year.
Still do not have bussing reimbursement for less than 1.5 miles. Parents favor the safty of busing for their kids. This has hurt local enrolement and our neighborhoods.
Introduction of magnet schools has also reduced local attendance.
What is holding up the existing bill? Do we have data to support the position? Yes, RCSD did do a data study in 2012 to compare ½ mile vs.to 1.5 miles busing showing there would be a significant cost savings IF students chose the schools in their neighborhoods.
Here is the study that Mary Adams was able to find for me from 2012. https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1269776617?profile=original
Here is the RCSD: “Neighborhood Schools Implementation Plan - February 2015” a study that Bolgen Vargas gave us as he was leaving: https://location19.org/forum/topics/rcsd-neighborhood-schools-implementation-plan-february-2015?groupUrl=sw-education-forum
Here are our great local progressive NYS Assembly and Senate Members we need to reelect in Nov. 2023:
Assembly Member Districts:
Harry Bronson - Assembly District 138 Map
Sarah Clark - Assembly District 136 Map
Jennifer Lunsford - Assembly District 135 Map
Demond Meeks Assembly District 137 Map
Senate Member Districts:
Samra Brouk - Senate District 55 Map - Contacts
Jeremy Cooney - Senate District 56 Map – Contacts
We must also prepare for RCSD Primaries June 27 - Get to Know the Candidates
For more information you can check: https://www.elections.ny.gov/
Rochester Coalition for Public Education & MetroJustice are trying to set up a “meet the candidates” night. No information from RCSD on a candidates night.
Below are the folks running for School Board in the Democratic party and you get to pick 4.
Here is an organization which proposes a better way to evaluate students: https://hs.credit/about.
With a similar reduced testing goal Congressman Jamaal Bowman has unveiled the More Teaching Less Testing Act to align education with lifelong learning rather than with the standardized testing regime.
John encouraged members to attend that June 9th, 4:00pm meeting. We would like to see Regents go beyond agreement of principles to taking action. The Zoom link is : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85381124199?pwd=eXVXbVVvSG1kb2IwQXFNVXFpNjcrdz09 , Meeting ID: 853 8112 4199 , Passcode: 990239
Implementing RASE Education CART recommendations - discussion of Institutional Racism impact on our schools and planned Meeting May 30th at 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Central Church of Christ (101 S. Plymouth Avenue)
Many issues being discussed (housing, transportation, education, etc) but some recommended items were not included (anti-racist education, need for minority teachers).
One of the problems is that racism is not understood or recognized by many.
Rochester Coalition for Public Education News (Minutes Index) Follow their index to see all their minutes.
They are working on hosting a candidates night ahead of the 6/27 elections.
Minutes from our last meeting: SWCC Education Committee Meeting on Zoom 2023-04-26