June 22, 2019 03:27 PM
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 have highlighted two school board candidates and their platform so you can make an informed decision on June 25.
Howard Eagle is the father of a student, a former social studies teacher, an adjunct professor at the College at Brockport and a six-time unsuccessful school board candidate but, in this campaign, Eagle also emphasizes his 40 years as a community activist.
"We have the answers here, locally, collectively," he said. "We come together at one table and be very serious and committed in terms of concrete goals and strategies."
A longtime critic of the school board, this time he's hoping to be elected as part of a "slate" of fellow activists to implement their common vision: reforming Rochester schools by bringing a variety of local stakeholders to the table.
"We need to create one table where we ask everybody who wants to participate in developing the solution and implementing the solution to come together," Eagle said.
After being skeptical earlier, he now says last year's recommendations from Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino's report should be the "blueprint" for fixing city schools.
Eagle also rejects the idea proposed by Mayor Lovely Warren of a state takeover of city schools.
"We believe the mayor is perfectly positioned to call for that one table and once we are very clear about what it is we wanted to do, then we should go to the state and say to the state, 'here's our plan for what we want to do.'"
Updated: June 22, 2019 03:27 PM
Created: June 20, 2019 03:43 PM
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