RSCD teachers rally against proposed layoffs

Updated: December 05, 2019 05:49 PM
Created: December 05, 2019 05:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — More than 100 teachers protested proposed teacher cuts in the Rochester City School District on Thursday.

The cuts are a part of Superintendent Terry Dade’s plan to dig the district out of a $64 million budget shortfall.


Parents, students and concerned community members joined teachers on Broad Street outside the Rochester City School District building.

The proposed plan would eliminate more than 300 positions, 218 of which would result in layoffs. Most of the people laid off would be teachers.

In the past, Dade said he wanted to keep cuts far away from the classroom, but he now says he’s forced to make some tough choices.

Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski says Dade should wait at least until June for the layoffs. He says that would give the district time to get more state funding, and that the district can take out a loan from future state aid to fill in the gap.

“This is an awful thing to do at Christmastime to the kids, to the families, to the staff of the district," Urbanski said. "It is reckless. There’s a better way to do this and it’s not too late to reconsider.”

The superintendent said given the District’s financial situation, he must act sooner rather than later.

The proposed cuts are not finalized yet. The board must vote on Dec. 19.

The Rochester City School District told News10NBC that after the reductions are made, the average elementary school classroom will have about 20 to 21 students per class, which is well under the contractual obligations for RTA of 25 students per class in Kindergarten through third grade, and 26 students per class in fourth grade through sixth grade.

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