In a tweet, ROCtheFuture said “This session will inform you on what caused the current budget crisis, how decisions about money are made, how you can influence the RCSD budget, and what you need to know for 2020 & beyond.”
As first reported by the Democrat and Chronicle, the city school district is facing a potential $55 million to $60 million budget shortfall in the next school year.
The shortfall has resulted in layoffs that were initially expected to be more than 150 but were reduced to 109. Staff have been reallocated and last week RCSD Superintendent Terry Dade unveiled a plan to reconfigure schools 44 and 57 as pre-K centers, amid other changes to the city’s pre-K program.
Presenters at the event Thursday will include Eamonn Scanlon, education policy analyst at The Children’s Agenda and Jackie Campbell, drector of ROCtheFuture. The speakers are also providing media availability at the event.
The district is also holding a two-hour session on budget training for the public at East High on Feb. 20.
Making Sense of the RCSD budget: Hosted by The Children’s Agenda and ROC the Future. 5.30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, 161 Chestnut St., Rochester,
The event is free and parents can register at thechildrensagenda.org/events.
RCSD Budget Training: Hosted by the Rochester City School District and the RCSD Office of Parent Engagement. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, East High School, 1801 E. Main St., Rochester.