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U of R & East High partnership

by Jennifer Lee

Rochester, N.Y. -- As students at East High School prepare for their final exams, educators from the City School District and the University of Rochester are studying how they might join forces and save the school.

"I hope for the best and I want to be come back five to 10 years from now and say I graduated from this school," senior Elvis Reyes said. "I want to say it was better than when I graduated."

May 15 is the state deadline to submit a plan on how to shift the school's low graduation rates and test scores.

Now the school is looking for more time, and the U of R said it would seriously consider becoming East High's educational partner.

"The U of R would become the superintendent of East High School, "said City School Board President Van White. "We would still have a principal there, we would still have teachers, everything would stay the same in terms of structure, but instead of the superintendent Dr. Vargas, we would have the EPO (educational partnership organization)."

Professor Stephen Uebbing would oversee the partnership from the U of R. He said the goal is to create a model with a vibrant and rigorous curriculum that significantly enhances the school experience for the students.

"We know where we want to go, and we have at least one thus far credible, powerful, committed, caring partner that will take that journey with us and that's a reason to be hopeful," White said.

The University of Rochester was expected to release more information about its plans for East High School next week.

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