by Eamonn Scanlon, Education Policy Manager, The Children’s Agenda
The RCSD 2020-21 Budget had an $86 million gap to close. The main reason was a lack of state funding (Foundation Aid) to meet children’s academic and social-emotional needs. Under these circumstances TCA looked for solutions that made the best of a terrible financial situation. The RCSD Board of Education adopted many of our proposed changes including:
These changes were made because of the thousands of emails you sent to the RCSD Board of Education, and the dozens of parents, community members, and students who spoke at board meetings. These changes will ensure some of the district’s most vulnerable students receive mandated services, and successful programs remain in place.
Now Rochester City Council must approve the RCSD budget on June 16th. City Council cannot reject a balanced budget from the RCSD, but they can influence some of the district’s policies and finances. Three things we will be asking City Council to do are:
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