Created: June 01, 2021 06:49 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With the mayoral primary election in Rochester just three weeks away, News10NBC is helping viewers get a grasp on where the candidates stand on some of the most important issues.
This week the focus is education.
Mayoral candidate Malik Evans recently met with News10NBC and discussed his platform.
Before Evans was elected to the Rochester City Council, he spent 10 years on the Rochester Board of Education. In that time, he also served as the board president.
“One of the things I'm most proud of is our pre-K program. We expanded it and added it to three or year-olds to make it an option for them, and then we made it full day. That was was revolutionary back then,” Evans said.
If elected, Evans said the priority for Rochester City School students is exposure.
“I'd like to see us be able to focus more on letting students get more access to all the great trades that we have out there: Electrical, pipe fitting… there are so many great trades that many of our young people have not gotten exposure to, and I think that that type of exposure is important in terms of building skills and but also wealth for them in the future,” he said.
The candidate's strong views on students learning the trades is what he plans to run part of his campaign on and implement if elected.
“The men and women in the school district should know that trades are valuable and can be a good option for them in the future but that exposure early on is important, and I'd like to facilitate that as mayor,” Evans said.
As for Mayor Warren’s educational initiatives, her campaign has repeatedly refused News10NBC’s requests to sit down to talk about the issues and instead has referred News10NBC to her campaign website.
On her website, under the issues tab, News10NBC found a few new initiatives but mostly what are described as "achievements toward improving education.”
Among them are an expansion of the pre-k program, the creation of a community beacon school at school 17 and the use of the city's R-Centers as learning labs.
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