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Appellate court rules for RCSD against proposed referendum

September 04, 2019 06:34 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York has ruled on the side of the Rochester City School District and against the City of Rochester's appeal to get a referendum on the November ballot.

The ruling by the Fourth Department means that the referendum is illegal, invalid, and cannot appear on the ballot. This affirms a decision by a lower court. 

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Mayor Lovely Warren wanted people to vote to get rid of the City School District's board, cancel their salary, and have New York State run the district for five years.

The court did not issue a ruling on the legality of a mailer sent out by the mayor's office that encouraged citizens to vote on the referendum. 

Mayor Lovely Warren has released the following statement on the ruling: 

“Our children’s education remains the key to a better and stronger city. Today’s decision does not weaken my resolve to fix a broken system and provide our kids a fighting chance at life. We will continue to demand our state legislators act, and work locally to realize the Distinguished Educator’s plan throughout our school district. Through this work we will make sure the voices and ideas of parents, grandparents and students are heard. I am committed to working and finding common ground with all those willing to put the needs of our children first. Together, we can still deliver the change that builds better schools, a better city and a better community for all.”

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