School board commissioner addresses RCSD teacher cuts

Created: December 11, 2019 02:11 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As the Rochester City School District deals with its budget crisis, the school board commissioner is addressing planned teacher cuts.

Superintendent Terry Dade announced more than 200 layoffs as part of his plan to fix the more than $64 million budget gap. Many of those positions are teachers.


Judith Davis claims there is a disproportionate impact on cuts to black educators, especially black teachers, and other educators of color.

"Low-income black students that have at least one black teacher in elementary school are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and to consider attending college," Davis said.

The layoffs are not final. The school board is scheduled to vote on the new budget on Dec. 19.

If the budget is approved, 152 teachers, 22 paraprofessionals, 32 support employees, and 12 administrators will lose their jobs.

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