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Rochester City CTE schools unsatisfactory

Rochester, N.Y. - Two career and technical education-focused schools in the Rochester City School District are being called unsatisfactory by the group Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of New York.

Both schools are in the Edison Technical Education Center.

Rochester City School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas commissioned the group to look at the district's CTE programs.

Ten of the current CTE programs are not state approved. Out of the 11 programs that do have state approval, four are not offered: business administration, computer technology, photography and print media.

The report offers five recommendations to the Board of Education:

- Provide school leadership with more CTE knowledge and experience

- Unify schools under one Executive Principal and strengthen Central Office support for CTE

- Contact with BOCES to provide school oversight

- Close the schools and have BOCES offer CTE programming on Edison campus to students from every city high school, along with students from other districts arced by BOCES

- Create Educational Partnership Organization that would allow a college, non-profit organization or BOCES to manage the schools, receiving full powers of the Superintendent and all District funding used to operate the school.

School Board President Van White said over the long term he wants to see the district keep Edison Tech and make it what it once was.

There are some immediate fixes that have to be put in place, said White. For example if we're not offering the quality programs that we need in a particular vocational area we would consider sending kids to BOCES.

The concern that I have is that our students in the Rochester City School District are receiving less instructional time in CTE classes that they would get through a BOCES program, it is extremely important to us to understand that our students need the same opportunity to be as successful, said Bolgen Vargas, Superintendent of RCSD.

Vargas plans to make changes during the current budget season.

 
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