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University of Rochester’s contract over East High is reaching its expiration

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ROCHESTER N.Y.(WROC) — Community members gathered inside the St. John Evangelist School for the North Winton Association monthly meeting.

Some were there to discuss how the state gave the University of Rochester control over East High nearly ten years ago because it was doing so badly under RCSD leadership.

“East was a persistently violent and dangerous failing school, because of that, that triggered protection under a receivership law 211E and that allows for an educational partnership organization in the institute of higher ed to come in and work alongside the district,” said Caterina Leone.

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East EPO Assistant Superintendent Caterina Leone says this contract with UR has provided management of curriculum work, consultation from the university, and hands-on learning for students.

Leone says with this partnership they have significantly raised the graduation rate.

“So a four-year graduation rate, meaning that’s how the state counts it, from 33% up to 80% in four years,” she shared.

She says now the dropout rate is at its lowest at 12% compared to 41% when the EPO first began.

She says the goal is to maintain consistency under the partnership and protect students from the instability that could come from changes relating to the district’s reconfiguration plan.

“So it renews the EPO, establish a transition plan if the EPO is going to go away that isn’t immediate that allows us to consider these tangible and intangible things that must continue and its also putting the needs of children first in our decision making instead of politics and the question about budget,” she said.

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Earlier this month RCSD Superintendent Carmine Peluso made his pitch to the board of Education on why East should come back to RCSD. He said some of it comes down to financials and efficiency — while he also said he would be foolish to remove various elements of the school that are working.

There will be another meeting on all this at 5:30 Tuesday January 30 at the East Collaboratorium. located at 1801 E Main Street.

​ ROCHESTER N.Y.(WROC) — Community members gathered inside the St. John Evangelist School for the North Winton Association monthly meeting.

Some were there to discuss how the state gave the University of Rochester control over East High nearly ten years ago because it was doing so badly under RCSD leadership.

“East was a persistently violent and dangerous failing school, because of that, that triggered protection under a receivership law 211E and that allows for an educational partnership organization in the institute of higher ed to come in and work alongside the district,” said Caterina Leone.
Deadline approaching for Urban-Suburban applications
East EPO Assistant Superintendent Caterina Leone says this contract with UR has provided management of curriculum work, consultation from the university, and hands-on learning for students.

Leone says with this partnership they have significantly raised the graduation rate.

“So a four-year graduation rate, meaning that’s how the state counts it, from 33% up to 80% in four years,” she shared.

She says now the dropout rate is at its lowest at 12% compared to 41% when the EPO first began.

She says the goal is to maintain consistency under the partnership and protect students from the instability that could come from changes relating to the district’s reconfiguration plan.

“So it renews the EPO, establish a transition plan if the EPO is going to go away that isn’t immediate that allows us to consider these tangible and intangible things that must continue and its also putting the needs of children first in our decision making instead of politics and the question about budget,” she said.
Rochester School District lottery deadline extended
Earlier this month RCSD Superintendent Carmine Peluso made his pitch to the board of Education on why East should come back to RCSD. He said some of it comes down to financials and efficiency — while he also said he would be foolish to remove various elements of the school that are working.

There will be another meeting on all this at 5:30 Tuesday January 30 at the East Collaboratorium. located at 1801 E Main Street. Read More EducationRochesterFirst  

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