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RCSD & teachers to work out changed school days
Rochester, N.Y. - Adding learning time is what the Rochester City School District believes is necessary to help improve the education of students.
For the 2013-2014 school year, about 20 schools have added expanded learning time.
Some schools have seen a shift in the time of their school day.
Any teacher at a school where there is substantial change in starting and ending time who cannot accommodate it to for family reasons the union and the district have agreed to work together to accommodate either a transfer or another accommodations, said Adam Urbanski, President of the Rochester Teachers Association.
School Board President Malik Evans says these changes are to better student learning.
It's very important that we really focus a lot of our attention at the elementary level so we need to make sure students are at reading grade level by [grade] three, so as they go forward we know they're active in their success, said Malik Evans. Absolutely we need to focus a lot of our energy on this grade level and that's what we're doing with this schedule.
If teachers are needed to work beyond their normal schedule it will be voluntary, and they will be compensated for it.
Another possible change to the school day would be a full learning day on Wednesday.
In years past students were dismissed 45 minutes earlier than other days.
Teachers used the time for professional development.
That change still needs to be voted on by the school board and teachers.