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Race for Rochester City School Board: Candidate Robert Hoggard

June 18, 2019 08:16 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Next Tuesday is Primary Day in New York. News10NBC is highlighting the race for Rochester City School Board because it's important. The city school district is still struggling with graduation rates and facing a possible state takeover.

Each day this week, we'll highlight two school board candidates and their platform so you can make an informed decision on June 25.

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Robert Hoggard taught at Vanguard High School and the Leadership Academy for Young Men in the Rochester City School District. He's also a counselor for Keuka College's Higher Education Opportunity Program.

"In those experiences, I saw this as an opportunity to come back and serve my students and many more students to find out ways we can offer them quality education," Hoggard said. 

After reading Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino's report and the state attorney general's findings on Trevyan Rowe's case, Hoggard says there's already a roadmap to district improvement.

"We've seen all of these reports but we have yet to follow up on the recommendations of these reports," Hoggard said. "We need the political will to follow up on the details of education."

If elected, he plans to take a closer look at the district budget.

"I want to look at how we can offer a budget with more social workers, more psychologists, more psychiatrists, how can we invest in restorative practices to keep kids in the classroom?" Hoggard said.

He opposes a plan for a state takeover of the school district.

"They're in Albany," Hoggard said. "They'd have to come in and convene community partners, parents to see what's going on and what they can offer. There are people in this race that know what's going on and have been tied to the community and we are ready to change the system."

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Kaci Jones

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