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Van White responds to Cuomo's call for an RCSD monitor

WHECTV
Updated: January 22, 2020 06:06 AM
Created: January 21, 2020 10:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 budget book, he calls for a “monitor” dor the Rochester City School District.

Rochester Assemblyman Harry Bronson and State Senator Rich Funke told Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean that they’re drafting plans for two monitors: one who would oversee the district’s academics, and another who would oversee its budget.

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In their proposals, the monitor or monitors would have veto power over the School Board and the Superintendent.
School Board President Van White says monitors are not uncommon.

"It doesn't take away the board's power to make decisions, the Superintendent’s power to make recommendations," White said. "It's someone from, I'd assume the State Education Department providing some perspective from the state on the finances of the district."

While the state budget did mention a monitor, it didn’t mention any additional funding for the district.

The district is still about $25 million short after laying off more than 100 teachers and staff members.

White says the district has serious challenges and they need to know if that money is coming.


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