June 19, 2019 09:01 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.
Ricardo Adams is a parent working at the Center for Youth and a city school district pre-K volunteer.
"My voice has been heard in the community but I feel I needed to be at the decision making table with no agenda," Adams said. "I'm not a politician."
His wife served on the RCSD School Board for six years. Adams says he would advocate changing the way students are assigned teachers in early education.
"Looping is where the first grade teacher keeps the child, moves to second grade with the child," he said. "That way the teacher is familiar with a child's strengths and weaknesses."
Adams says improving early childhood education will lead to better graduation rates and student performance in the long run.
"We have to do what we can to get a child on reading level by third grade," Adams said. "We have one of the best pre-K programs in the country but what happens between first and third grade? We have to focus on that."
When it comes to a state takeover of the school district, he believes the state played a part in the district's current condition.
"It's ridiculous to think the state is the answer," Adams said. "There's no evidence of that working anywhere, in fact, it's done harm and it's all about democracy."
Updated: June 19, 2019 09:01 PM
Created: June 19, 2019 03:39 PM
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