Race for Rochester City School Board: Candidate Judith Davis

June 19, 2019 12:01 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'll highlight two school board candidates and their platform so you can make an informed decision on June 25.


Judith Davis is a minister and community activist. She was elected to the school board for a year term in 2018..

"In all that ministry, I came to understand that, in the midst of that, there is a power structure that keeps a person where they are," Davis said. "And so one of the greatest areas that I wanted to address was education."

She is running on a slate with three other candidates who she says share the same values.

"By coming together, by creating a body, a movement of parents, grandparents, caregivers, officials, everyone in the community who is interested, if we don't have that group that can stand when the powers that be come against what we're trying to do, how we're trying to reform?" Davis said.

If re-elected, Davis says she will continue to make sure officials follow recommendations from Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino.

"I want to look at it, to see where we are against that Distinguished Educator's reports and recommendations, particularly in teaching and learning," Davis said. "So I would like to see professional learning and development for our educators."

Davis says she understands the motivation behind proposing mayoral control of the district, but she wants to work on changing the dynamic of the current board.

"To go outside of us, to persons who don't know the political dynamics here, you may bring in someone who puts right back into place the same political forces that are keeping things the way they are right now."


Kaci Jones

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