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Judge rules against city's proposed referendum on state takeover

August 02, 2019 12:29 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A judge delivered a blow to Mayor Lovely Warren's push for a state takeover of the Rochester City School District.

The school board claimed Warren's proposal for a state takeover was illegal and sued the city. Board members wanted a judge to stop the referendum from being on the ballot in November. The city wanted the lawsuit thrown out.  

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On the last page of the ruling, it says the referendum is "void." It orders a "permanent injunction barring the advisory referendum...on the ballot for the November election."

The court also says there are "great challenges" in city schools and calls Warren's "proactive proposals" "admirable but not legally permissible."

"The Board of Education's efforts have been admirable, not as productive as perhaps people might have liked because this takes time for each and every one of us," School Board President Van White said during a press conference. "As you know, the graduation rate was really low before any of us started, this isn't a problem we created but we're responsible for."

The mayor's office says it's going to talk to News10NBC this afternoon.

Watch News10NBC at 5 and 6 for more reaction to the ruling.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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