Comparing the numbers
Posted at: 09/04/2013 5:36 PM
| Updated at: 09/04/2013 5:53 PM
By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
Classes started Wednesday for students in the city, Fairport, Brockport and a handful of other districts. Despite the facts that we spend roughly the same amount per student and all the teachers are paid about the same, the graduation rate between the city and those suburban districts is night and day.
News10NBC wanted to know if money was the problem. Do fewer city students graduate because their education doesn't get enough money?
The school systems spend roughly the same amount of money per student in the city as they do in the suburban and rural districts. The median teacher salaries are virtually the same. But look at graduation rates. The city is below 50 percent. The suburbs and rural districts are above 90 percent.
Bolgen Vargas, RCSD Superintendent, said, “The difference is how you use your money. The result of our graduation rate has to do with the fact that we haven't given our students and teachers the right amount of support and the right amount of time. It doesn't make sense that children in Brighton at the high school or elementary level receive more instructional time than the children in the city of Rochester.”
For years, that's what happened. City students used to get out of school on Wednesdays at 1:00p.m. But this year, a change. No more early release on Wednesdays.
Vargas said, “So we have to increase the opportunities for our children, but that begins with time. It's common sense.”
It's more than just making Wednesdays full days. Some schools are testing out a new extended school day.