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RCSD parents react to judge nixing state takeover vote

August 02, 2019 11:15 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A judge shot down a plan to allow Rochester citizens to vote on whether the state should step in and take over the Rochester City School District.

The decision means a referendum on state control of the district will not be on the November ballot. 

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The mayor and Rochester City Council wanted residents to be able to vote on a referendum in November. 

However, the school board claimed Warren's proposal for a state takeover was illegal and sued the city. Board members wanted a judge to stop the referendum from being on the ballot in November. The city wanted the lawsuit thrown out.  

Following the ruling, News10NBC wanted to know what parents thought. 

Rocio Salvania, a parent of two district students, says she would have voted against the referendum.

"They wouldn't let me have a voice and they would take over everything and that wouldn't be fair because who better to know what's good for our kids than the parents," Salvania said.

Kent Mathis has one young son in the district. He also opposes the idea of state takeover. Mathis says he would like to see school and city officials focus on a community-wide solution.

"We should all come together as parents teachers principals whoever can get involved and just help the kids reach their goals as far as reading and math," Mathis said.

"I hope they get to a point where both can work together," Salvania added. 

The city has filed an appeal to the court's decision. In the meantime, the board says they plan to start implementing a district-wide improvement plan that has been approved by the state education commissioner.

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