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Mayor Warren: Voters should decide if state will take temporary control of RCSD

June 07, 2019 10:35 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The mayor of Rochester says the system is broken, it's failing our children and it needs to change.

At a press conference Friday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the city has submitted legislation proposing a referendum on the November ballot.

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That referendum will have city voters approve or reject a plan for the New York State Education Department to take over the district for a span of five years.

Warren says that the education department approached her weeks ago, asking for her thoughts on a five-year takeover.

State lawmakers were noticeably absent from Friday's press conference. A bill would have to be introduced and make it through the Legislature in order for a state takeover to happen.

It follows a scathing report from Jamie Aquino, the distinguished educator appointed by the state in August 2018 to look into the district's flaws.

Meanwhile, the Rochester City School District Board of Education has just submitted a new plan in response to Aquino's report. The board's first plan was rejected by the state education commissioner.

The school district tells News10NBC it had no idea the mayor was going to call for this Friday.

They wouldn't say whether they'll vocally lobby against it over the summer, only that they'll wait to continue the discussion until after students finish up their regents exams.  

Watch below as school officials respond to the proposed referendum. 

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