New report looks at technical education at Edison Tech

Updated: 02/12/2014 12:03 AM
Created: 02/11/2014 6:58 PM WHEC.com

A new report takes a look at how effective technical education in the city school district is at Edison Tech High School.

According to education experts, career and technical education programs in Rochester are failing to help students be career-ready by graduation.

News10NBC spoke with the Rochester City  School Superintendent about the report, which he commissioned.

Doctor Bolgen Vargas asked the CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York to look at programs district-wide and focus specifically on the high schools at the Edison Technical Education Center.

The reports call for major changes at those schools, including training school leaders to be more knowledgeable about tech education programs, strengthening central office support for tech schools, Contracting with BOCES for school oversight or even closing the school and have BOCES offer programs on that campus.

They also put the district on task to establish minimum standards for its CTE programs.
Doctor Vargas says while some of the findings are painful to hear, they will help restore these programs to what they once were.

At a news conference Tuesday he was asked why the study was done now.
“It is my responsibility to make sure the needs of our students are being met. This is an area we need to take aggressive action to resolve this problem,” said Vargas.

Doctor Vargas says he's invited the head of this group to come to Rochester to talk about the findings and recommendations with board members, other district stakeholders and community partners.

News10NBC will continue to follow this and bring you any new updates.


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