RCSD Public Budget Hearing - Metro Justice

Rochester City School District Budget Hearing


The Rochester City School District must pass a budget that invests in positive school climate. Suspensions have dropped by more than a third since the new code of conduct was passed in June, 2016. But we cannot stop there, even with this positive trend there are still thousands of students being pushed out of the classroom. To end the school-to-prison pipeline requires more social workers, counselors, and special education teachers to meet students' needs. It also requires hiring more restorative practices coordinators to build strong relationships and heal trauma. 

The proposed 2017-2018 RCSD budget includes an increase of 17 full time social workers. This is a good start but will not be enough to meet the needs of over 50 elementary, secondary and program schools. That number should be twice as high. 

Funding priorities must reflect the widespread trauma, disability, and language access issues students face in Rochester. Parents, teachers, students, and community members will be at the Public Hearing on April 4th to speak in favor of:

1. An increase in social workers to deal with trauma and build relationships.
2. An increase in special education teachers, and especially bi-lingual special education teachers so students will receive the proper services and placement they require to be on a path to graduation.
3. Money for restorative practices coordinators which is essential so those hired under the My Brothers Keeper Grant may continue their work and so the district may expand the relationship model.
4. All new teachers and social workers must be trained in the new code of conduct to promote deescalation and alternatives to suspensions. Faithfully using the new code of conduct will continue to decrease suspensions and keep students in school. 
Join us in supporting positive school climate and ending the school-to-prison pipeline!
April 04, 2017 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Rochester City School District Central Office
131 W Broad St
Rochester, NY 14614
United States
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Eamonn Scanlon ·

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