State of our Children report released

October 25, 2016 10:20 AM

Rochester has the poorest children in the nation for a city our size. It's something that not only affects children and families in Rochester, but local leaders say it affects the economy of our entire region.

We've done countless stories on the Rochester City School District. By now you know it's one of the worst performing districts in the state. The graduation rate is just above 50 percent. But if you don't have kids in the city, why should you care?

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Jennifer Leonard, Rochester Area Community Foundation: We won't do well in Fairport and Greece if we don't do well in the inner city. These are all of our children, they are our future workforce.

Roc the Future will be releasing its annual report card findings. It’s an association dedicated to improving educational outcomes for children.

Jennifer Leonard:  They are in need of our support because they are our future workforce.  They are talent that we are leaving behind.

Roc the Future is looking at these important areas - school readiness, preparing kids for the classroom, opportunities for children outside of school, and school attendance.  As many as 8,000 kids don't show up for class in the city school district each day. 

The full report is available here.


Nikki Rudd

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