10 Reasons to Support a Moratorium on Charter School Expansion

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The Rochester City School District is still reeling from the fallout of a budget shortfall last year that led to the layoff of hundreds of educators, the closure of 4 schools, 3 programs, which touched all of the 26,000 students of the RCSD in some way.  How did this happen? Many still believe mismanagement but […]

If Food is Love, Then What is This?

Think back to your favorite meal as a kid… The one that you crave now when you need to feel comforted, safe, loved, and secure. We remember the feelings associated with these comfort foods, and we come back to them throughout our lives because food is a way we express love, and those memories of […]

Past Due: Redlining, Reparations, and the RCSD

Let’s start with some facts:    The Rochester City School District has a student population that is 90% Black or brown.  The closest neighboring school district to the east has a student population that is 83% white.  Racial covenants were a legal way to keep Black and brown families out of Penfield (and other towns […]

No Education Justice? No Peace!

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“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a […]

The Pandemic Exposed All the Inequities & We Still Got It Wrong

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The Pandemic Exposed All the Inequities & We Still Got It Wrong March 2020, the shutdown comes to Rochester.   The great equalizer. We are all in the same storm. The memes circulate. Thank you health care workers for being on the front lines, thank you essential workers, we see you, we thank you for […]

School in a Pandemic: A Lesson Plan in Solidarity

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Let’s stop worrying about where our kids “should” be, and start worrying about where we all are, collectively. Claire Labrosa School in a Pandemic: A Lesson Plan in Solidarity I’ve been thinking a lot about school in the fall, along with every other parent and educator in the country I’m sure. I’ve been reading all […]