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Rochester school officials in Washington

Rochester, N.Y. School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas amd School Board President Van White were in Washington, D.C. Monday.

The pair went after President Obama announced the nations largest public school systems are now working with the White House to improve the lives of our boys and young men of color as part of the My Brothers Keeper program.

Leaders of 60 of the largest school systems have pledged to expand minority boys' access to better preschools and advanced classes and to try to prevent grade repetition, suspensions and expulsions.

Fresh off the plane, White told 13WHAM News he learned a thing or two about what needs to be done in city schools.

White says the school district has now pledged to do a better job at tracking absenteeism. Both White and Vargas said theres a lot of work to be done, but the big takeaway from the meeting was getting all school districts across the country on the same page about the importance of dealing with this problem.

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