Independent watchdog says RCSD budget needs to be more accessible

February 12, 2018 05:42 PM

An independent watchdog groups says the Rochester City School District's budget need to be more accessible.

The group, called The Children's Agenda, came together to look at what they call the "hidden drivers" of the school district's annual budget. RCSD, unlike most districts, is a financially dependent district- one of only five in the state.That means that the district is dependent on the state to cover rising costs, and the community has no direct vote on its budget.

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"This is a call to action for parents to learn more about where money is spent and [to] spend money more effectively on the best evidence-based program," says Eamonn Scanlon, a policy analyst at The Children's Agenda. 

News10NBC also reached out to RCSD about the budget and the call for it be more accessible. The district says it is working on big issues that matter to parents, such as special education, transportation, neighborhood schooling, and English as a second language.

"We want as much input [as possible] from our friends in the community, our partners in the community like the Children's Agenda, and those parents that entrust us with their kids on a daily basis," says Carlos Garcia of RCSD's Communications & Community Outreach department.

The policy brief from The Children's Agenda can be found here



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