Assemblyman Gantt calls for Mayoral control of Rochester schools

Updated: October 08, 2019 12:16 PM
Created: October 08, 2019 11:04 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, local Assemblyman David Gantt called for Mayoral control of the Rochester City School District.

Gantt cited the current fiscal crisis. An audit shows that the district currently has a $30 million budget gap.


Gantt said that the State of New York failed to act while the district failed Rochester’s families for over 40 years: 

"The City owns all the RCSD’s school buildings, is responsible for District borrowing, and is mandated to provide $119 million every year to the RCSD," Gantt said. "Yet the City government has no say in the operations and finances of the RCSD. This makes no sense."

In the letter, Gantt asked for the immediate establishment of a financial control board for the Rochester City School District until the New York State Legislature can take action to create Mayoral control of the district.

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