United Church Ministries Group discuss the importance of community involvement in children's education

Posted at: 08/27/2013 5:32 PM | Updated at: 08/27/2013 5:48 PM

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Many kids will be back in the classroom next week. On Tuesday, members from Rochester's religious community came together to discuss the importance of community involvement when it comes to city children's education.

Members of the United Church Ministries Group want to create a partnership between the city and the school district.

Rev. Shirley Billups-Bell, United Church Ministries, said, "Today's system is responsible for educating the city's youth. It's broken and it's antiquated. We know that it takes a village to raise a child. Well now is the time for the village to stand up, to speak out and to hold elected officials at the local, state as well as the federal levels of government accountable for our educational reform."

The group says it would like to see more involvement from parents in the city school district as well. It thinks that increased parent involvement will also help to decrease crime across the city of Rochester.  

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