Race for Rochester City School Board: Candidate Clifford Florence

June 24, 2019 08:58 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — 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 have highlighted two school board candidates and their platform so you can make an informed decision on June 25.


Clifford Florence was born and raised in Rochester. He's a minister and activist at Central Church of God in Christ.

"I am running on a slate with Howard Eagle and Judith Davis and Andrea Bryan and myself, and the first thing that has to happen is that the community has to make the right choice to vote the four of us in," Florence said.

He believes the slate will have the power to significantly improve outcomes in the school district.

"We feel that we are united in purpose, passion and mission," Florence said. "And we represent change. And, certainly, this is what the community has been crying out for. That's what we've heard when we've knocked on doors and been in the community when we've held group sessions in the community."

Florence believes it would be unwise to remove power from local voters and shift it to the state to run the school district.

"There is a process still in place where we have a board of education and it's interesting when we have a viable slate that wants to be part of change for the community, now, all of a sudden, we want to think about other methods of leadership," Florence said. "The leadership that is in place is the board of education."


Kaci Jones

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