Rochester City Council votes to put state takeover referendum on November ballot

June 18, 2019 11:11 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says the system is failing our children and has been pushing for a referendum on the ballot this fall.

That referendum will have city voters approve or reject a plan for the New York State Education Department to take over the district for a span of five years.

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On Tuesday, Rochester City Council voted 5-3-1 to amend the city charter, allowing voters to give their opinion on the issue. 

"If I were to say to you, 'do you want to reset the district and remove the school board?' You might say 'yes because of the results that we've had thus far'. But if I said to you, 'do you want to reset the governance structure and have the state takeover?' You might have a completely different reaction for me, there really is a difference," said Jacklyn Ortiz, member of city council. 

Mayor Warren added, "I think it's time that we put our children first, and by allowing this referendum to go forward, we are doing just that and I am looking forward to hearing exactly what our citizens have to say." 

You will see the referendum on the ballot when you vote in the November election. 


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