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TestRochester City School District board member Willa Powell has joined the ranks of parents boycotting next week’s state tests. She says her third-grade son has been tested enough already, hasn’t been taught all the material that will appear on the tests and doesn’t want his data given to testing companies.

Parents can instruct their children to refuse to take the exam. Some schools are providing alternate activities. Others are strongly pressuring parents to reconsider.

But what are the consequences for children who do not take the test? According to an email I received from the State Education Department, there don’t appear to be any, especially if the child shows up to school. There’s no mention of a child being failed or held back a grade:

All students are expected to participate in State assessments as part of the core academic program. Absences from all or part of the required academic program should be  managed consistent with the attendance policies of the district. For accountability and other statewide reporting purposes, students who do not participate in an assessment are reported to the State as “not tested” (except those with a valid medical excuse).

Cutting through the jargon and acronyms, it appears there could be consequences for a school down the line if fewer than 95 percent of students or 95 percent of all racial and income subgroups participate. Here’s the school consequence part of the email:

(1) Schools in which subgroups do not meet the participation rate will fail to make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress).

(2) SED will continue to determine and report AYP every year. A school that has not been designated as Focus or Priority and fails to make AYP for the same subgroup for the same measure for 09-10, 10-11 and 11-12 would be identified this year as a Local Assistance Plan (LAP) school. LAP schools would have their accountability status changed from Good Standing to LAP for the 2013-14 school year. LAP schools, in collaboration with the school district, will be required to annually use a diagnostic tool to develop a local assistance plan.

(3) Although SED plans to designate Priority Schools only once during the waiver period, accountability status can change during the waiver period. For example, Good Standing schools can become LAP schools.

(4) Schools failing to make AYP cannot come off Priority and Focus Status. Focus and Priority schools can petition to have their designation removed if, among other things, they meet the participation requirement in ELA and math for all accountability groups (Focus) and for all groups for which the school is accountable in the most current school year results that are being used as the basis for the petition (Priority).

(5) Schools failing to make AYP cannot become Reward Schools and are therefore ineligible to receive the funding that comes with that designation.

Do you honestly think the state will penalize Pittsford or place it on a bad schools list if fewer than 95 percent of students take the test? I doubt it. So many RCSD schools are already on bad schools lists, I have to wonder if a boycott would make much of a difference.

I did hear from an RCSD parent who wants her children to take the state tests because they will likely do well and she wants their teacher to be rewarded.

This is a video from the State Education Department warning parents test scores will drop:

 

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26 Responses to Consequences?

  1. April 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm Benny C. responds:

    John Taylor Gatto: Why Schools Don’t Educate – his 1991 speech accepting the NYS Teacher of the Year Award:

    Quote from speech:

    “Schools were designed by Horace Mann and Barnard Sears and Harper of the University of Chicago and Thorndyke of Columbia Teachers College and some other men to be instruments of the scientific management of a mass population. Schools are intended to produce through the application of formulae, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.”

  2. April 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    Opt out or Lean in? Either way – depends on how educated your parents are.

    • April 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm Benny C. responds:

      J.T. Gatto has a more succinct message about modern American ed system modeled after the post-Industrial Revolution Prussian system:

      paraphrased: “It teaches kids to fight wars and work in factories without asking questions.”

      Think of what it truly means to judge the future of a child by response to a standardized test with true or false and multiple choice questions? It is an admission that the better students are those that can think within a box.

      An Einstein this does not produce or allow to happen. Even Bill Gates was allowed to get out of the classroom and go with his buddy to a room where they played around with a terminal tied to a shared mainframe. I doubt his teachers and their bosses got the hint for that from a standardized test.

  3. April 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm lellingw responds:

    Actually I think the state via the federal government would penalize Pittsford if they failed to have 95% of students to take the test, which is exactly what should happen in order to get this mess to stop. In the news segment I watched on channel 13 last night, I watched kids working in practice workbooks and a teacher asking a young kid what was a synonym for a word. Neither of this is good teaching practice and none of it raises reading ability. With teaching grammar and language terms such as synonyms, they tend not to be retained and even before teachers teach them, they have to refresh their memory. None has a bearing on reading or writing. Neither do workbooks which test “skills” for tests often not a child’s reading or writing level. There is nothing to be learned from reading or writing at frustration level. The research has been out there for years. It is often ignored. The best way to develop reading and writing ability is having access to books such as a library and books that students have chosen themselves to read and reading independently.
    http://dianeravitch.net/2013/03/30/nyc-official-responds-to-parent/
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6367048.html

  4. Do these test help children learn anything? Near as I can tell, no.

  5. “it appears there could be consequences for a school down the line if fewer than 95 percent of students or 95 percent of all racial and income subgroups participate”
    Why is the state breaking this down by race or income? All that does is continue to stigmatize or allow for what is often mislabeled as racism (true racism is hatred of a person based solely on skin color or ethnicity contrary to what most people think/call it today).
    I’ve seen other articles about parents up in arms about testing and think “isn’t this an equivalent of the “States Rights” argument made by the right? Where people say ‘don’t tell me what I MUST do. Funny how suddenly it’s people way over on the left screaming for the ability to decided how to run their own lives. It just shows the hypocrisy that permeates every level of life today.
    I graduated in 1988, I remember taking standardized tests in 4th grade and possibly once more, maybe 6th grade (using the Scan-tron sheet was a big deal in those ditto machine days). Even our Regents exams my senior year were answered in handwriting, not by filling in bubbles.

    • @Justaguy – it’s not a matter of protesting the mere existence of standardized tests, it’s how the entire academic process has been turned upside-down and focused entirely on getting kids ready for a single set of tests.

      I graduated in 1985, and took the same tests you did. I also have one child in elementary school and another in middle school in Penfield. My experience with my kids is that the teachers now have very little, if any, latitude to explore topics that come up as a consequence of class work and discussions. When I was in school in Penfield it was not uncommon for a math teacher to, for example, delve into a discussion of history, chemistry, physics, etc to help illustrate and expand on a point. The laser-like focus on current standardized testing simply does not allow that now. So from my perspective, my children are getting a formal education that is processed lunch meat instead of a rich feast.

  6. April 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm Peking Humonculous responds:

    Exactly, justaguy. It’s just another case of the government needing to stay the &^%$#* out of people’s business. Too bad many who lean left aren’t seeing the commonalities here.

  7. Rich, I agree completely. I have teaching experience as a formal instructor in the Marines and know lots of school teachers, I’ve even dated a few ranging from 1st grade to high school. I was making a point about how we (our generation and those before ours) managed to learn without Scan-trons flying around every other week. Teachers used their own skill-sets to teach and while some used Moby Dick as a tool others used a different book, with the end result hopefully being students who can read and understand at at least a minimum (re: C grade) level. We have moved from that to “everyone MUST read exactly the same thing” and “you got a C???!!!!” Average is average. A kid who has never been above a C student in 8-10 years of school is a average student, not a failure.
    I’m not Steven Hawking and I don’t expect him to be able to clear a minefield just because he understands the theory behind it.
    The left has screamed bloody murder if kids don’t all get A’s and B’s in the same way we mandate that every kid who thinks he can play sports MUST be put on the field to play because it’s not ‘fair’ to bench or cut them, even if they are just plain terrible. And the right has made all teachers out to be lazy bums who just want paychecks, pensions and time off. Neither is remotely correct and fill in the blank tests measure none of that.
    There is a new book by Tom Ricks that examines US Army Generals from World War 2 until today and describes in depth how the military (and from my personal experience all levels/types of gov’t) post World War 2 fell into the ‘1950’s corporate/IBM’ view of leadership which is “make sure you properly pad your resume at every step, step on people to make a name for yourself if needed and be rewarded with lots of money for it, even if you fail.”
    One needs only look at the payouts execs at Kodak, etc. get even after massive failure and then look at the results of appointed/elected school/gov’t officials nationwide to see that real world results don’t mater, only numbers. Why would any company sign a contract with an exec that doesn’t say ‘if you fail you get zero money on the way out, no if’s and’ or but’s”? But they don’t because they belive in the IBM view too which also says “you’ve got to pay to get the best!” Is ‘the best’ really the best if the metrics used to measure success are flawed?
    Duffy’s first move after killing the Ferry was Rochester By The Numbers. Somehow fires and shootings were going to drop because we placed values on them financially, just like we are doing with students. The current system isn’t about creating kids with an ‘at least average’ ability to learn/comprehend/do, it is a competition for budget money for the admins and when you can claim you ‘ran’ a multi-million dollar district other suckers who buy into the IBM’ing of life view will of course offer you money to come do the same for them; because they aren’t interested in the real goal, creating that minimally competent student and possible some great ones.
    Failure of our leadership at all levels is no longer punished, it is just something to be sidestepped, ask Anthony Weiner. Which is why I constantly bash both political Party’s. They are in it for the Party (The Machine as people see me refer to it regularly here), not for The People. School Boards should be 100% apolitical. Politics has no place in education just like Steven Hawking has no place in a minefield.

  8. April 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm Derek Sanderson responds:

    Sounds like we are doing a great job of developing a generation of test takers.

  9. My children did not take the 4th grade tests. They both did well in high school and are well rounded intelligent students. They both can think for themselves.. sometimes they even agree with their mom! These tests waste valauble time that could be spent learning and exploring the world. No one will spend their career filling in circles. Boycott these time wasters!

  10. I did not become a teacher to create generation after generation of test-takers and robots. I became a teacher to guide and help develop better citizens for a better society. Can you please let me do my job and not try to put a grade on it?

  11. April 13, 2013 at 12:30 am Orielly responds:

    “I did not become a teacher to create generation after generation of test-takers and robots. I became a teacher to guide and help develop better citizens for a better society. Can you please let me do my job and not try to put a grade on it?”

    So how do we know you did your job? Interview your students at the end of the year and guess?

    There is no better way to know if the kids are learning than to have them take standardized tests across the state or country.

    Don’t like having your students required to pass a test to show they are learning and you are teaching? Get a different job.

    High school juniors who want to go to college take standardized tests they are called SATs. Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, IT people, nurses, teachers on and on .. all take and pass standardized tests to do what they do.

    Don’t like teaching to the test? Don’t. Teach and inspire and your students will pass the test.

  12. How old are you and how many standardized tests did you take in your K-12 years? Seriously. If you, like I, managed to make it to graduation with one, two or (gasp!) none than how did you get through life without validation that you could pass multiple choice tests?
    I never took any PSAT’s or SAT’s and I went to college, 4 of them in 2 states. I had to take an EMT test every 3 years after my first one for about 12 years until the State relented and agreed that my day to day use of my skills was just as good as nurses and doctors who only needed to certify via test once and keep track of in service annual training to continue to be licensed. The recertification was all about money, not capability. And it included a hands on skills test because even NY realized filling in dots doesn’t equal real world skills. Licensing adults is different than testing K-12 students so c’mon, you’re better than that.
    Somehow America taught kids for over 100 years without them. Your mom and dad probably didn’t take them. Teachers somehow were evaluated and kids somehow graduated and America dominated the industrialized world.

    So…….. how many standardized did you take in your K-12 days Orielly?

  13. April 13, 2013 at 6:27 am Mark Powers responds:

    Oreilly, you are so far off the mark and wrong I don’t know where to begin.

  14. April 13, 2013 at 10:52 am Orielly responds:

    Basic concept in Law school, don’t ask a question unless you know the answer– will make your case.

    How many standardized tests did I take in K-12? I don’t know I would guess well over 100 maybe 200. I went to catholic schools were we took Diocesan tests twice a year in January and June. They were actually state based tests given state wide in catholic schools. I also took various reading and math tests, every year, to judge your levels. In High school Regents tests. So yea over 100 is good guess.

    Lets tell it like it is. The problem here is that Burb kids were for the most part doing fine, the teachers were teaching and the students were learning. However in heavily Democrat led urban school districts, many teachers weren’t teaching and kids weren’t learning, in many cases even if the teachers WERE teaching.

    We had thousands if not millions of inner city kids who were 18 and couldn’t read.

    So Bush (and Ted Kennedy) came up with NCLB. A way to test and see if teachers are teaching and kids are learning. Most would think teachers who are doing the job, who, as they say care about kids education, to be in favor of NCLB. But instead all we “the public” heard were complaints.

    And HERE we have a DEM School board politician making a public statement, using HER child no less, to make the anti-testing statement. Is that the leadership the CSD needs? How has DEM leadership done with the RCSD for the last 40yrs?

    Life ain’t fair, sales territories for sales people aren’t fair, some kids get better teachers than others, thats not fair, join the army and some fight on the front lines and others push paper in Hawaii, thats not fair. Thats called life, deal with it.

    You work your hardest to make your goals and if that means working harder and longer that you ever imagined, so be it.

    Can’t be successful doing what you’re doing in the place you’re doing it? Move somewhere else or do something else.

    And if I am “so far off the mark” tell me how many kids we have in the CSD who can’t make the “Marks”. And that is the problem not solved now for 40yrs, even with numerous efforts to lower standards.

    The rest of the world’s kids are learning more, with less money spent on their education that US kids. Think in Europe or Japan or China, Singapore, they don’t take standardized tests? Think their education leaders publicly object to tests or push to lower standards?

  15. April 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm Animule responds:

    Willa Powell is a nut job. The RCSD has the WORST graduation rate in the nation for black male students and she’s all in a lather about standardized tests that attempt to establish a link between effort and results. Pathetic.

    From Channel 13’s own reporting: http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/rochester-city-school-graduation/7_WOMqELxEGQzNc7Ce1qZg.cspx

    “Rochester, N.Y. — According to a new study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, the Rochester City School District ranked last for graduating the lowest percentage of black male students in the nation.”

  16. So you don’t know if you could have learned and functioned without standardized testing because you didn’t grow up without them. As I said, did you parents have to take them? Their parents? How did we get along for so decades without them? Also, don’t confuse a Regents exam or other daily/final tests (as I knew them and again I graduated in 1988) where you actually wrote out answers with multiple choice testing. Multiple choice tests start off with a premise of “1 of these answers is absolutely correct, now choose” instead of “we will not give you any hints, figure it out answer/please explain” which proves learning as opposed to memorization, chance, or “when in doubt choose C”. Should math be graded on just the number shown as the solution or should there be credit given for the work shown? Remember, this is learning, not business so getting steps 1-4 right but step 5 wrong (resulting in a wrong answer) doesn’t have the consequence it would at a job, but should everything be pass/fail? Because that is what standardized tests do, make everything pass fail on a question by question basis.

    Rachel posted a final exam from another state circa the late 1800’s (early 1900’s?) on here some time ago. It wasn’t a multiple choice exam and honestly it was hard but it made you think, not pick. Scantrons were introduced to save time and thus money. And that is the problem. You can’t assign value to time across the board when it comes to teaching. Some kids get the difference between equilateral and isosceles triangles immediately and some don’t. Reality mandates that you spend more time helping the kid who doesn’t get it. Anyone who has taught anyone anything knows that, it isn’t restricted to formal education setting, in fact most people who have a job have ‘taught’ someone else at some point, it was just called ‘training’.

    I think you are ignoring the cultural aspect of “learning is for suckas” that is and has been rampant in some people’s minds; urban. suburban and rural for a long time. Kinda like how a certain part of society has adopted a ‘stop snitching’ attitude even though snitching would solve a helluva lot of the problems in their community. Or like how most many of my recently graduated niece’s classmates down in Prattsburgh went to work on the family farm, not college and they didn’t see a need for school and therefore didn’t try very hard. You don’t blame the water if the horse won’t drink.

    As I said, school boards should be apolitical, just like police and fire chiefs should be but (here in NY at least) The Machine reaches into every aspect of life at every chance and the Tammany Hall style of gov’t is alive and well, just watch the news. So we end up with people working back rooms, backstabbing and glad-handing to get ahead instead of moving up based on merit. How many police chiefs have ‘failed’ to combat crime yet we think each is the next savior, just like Brizzard or Janey or that white guy from Pittsford some people wanted to run the RCSD were held up to be. We buy into that because we are told to at every turn. The clerk in the rear has to be just as proficient as the guy in a fighting hole when it comes to promotion time in the military and when the Germans appear in your supply area you are expected to revert to being a basic soldier. How can you take a career school administrator and expect them to be that ‘clerk with a rifle’ if they don’t even know what a rifle is or how to fire it? I have thought for my entire career that we need a civilian commissioner overseeing the fire dept., one who knows budgeting and can politic while the fire chief would be the guy who actually runs the dept. and can take command at large fires. Kinda like civilian oversight of the military. Let administrators run the ‘beans, bullets and band aids’ part of school districts and let teachers rise up through the ranks to develop curriculum, run the schools and implement policy. What we have is people who ‘decided’ to be admins and once they get their degree in it they have no loyalty to the students or teachers, just to their appointed position and the political game that comes with it or they are out the door.

    Powell could have come out before this and said “I am no longer a Democrat, I am not a member of a party anymore as I cannot support this system” but that didn’t happen because we all have egos and most people I’ve known in positions like that cling to the “I can do more from the inside” line but in reality they think they are too important to not be there. Nobody on Earth is as important as they think they are in their own mind. Nobody.

    I would think that you, as someone who I thought from various comments was for smaller gov’t., would want a situation where the state says “here is what we expect students to know. Individual districts please develop curriculum and testing to achieve that” and leave it at that. Let the local residents decide if those goals are being met and hire/fire administrators as they see fit via their locally elected school boards. If at the State level they hear things aren’t going well then they can step in and take over (like Buffalo’s Control Board did to the City gov’t there).

    Some schools in NY have lacrosse teams and some have Step Dance teams. Some have FBLA (business) and some FFA (farmers). Should every school have everything or exactly the same thing? If we need state level testing than why do we need local distracts at all? Let the state divide up the population and run one huge district. Somehow that doesn’t sound good to me.
    As I said, politics needs to be removed from local schools. I think the City should be like every other district other than Big 5 and allow citizens to vote on their budget as a 100% separate item from town local budgets. If Roc residents don’t want to pay then oh well. If Brighton wants to pay up the wazzoo good for them. But to say ‘we can’t plow streets because we need to fund the schools’ while a town like Greece (100,000 or so people) can do both is just plain stupid. To deny the people of NYC, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers and Syracuse a vote is anti-American.

  17. April 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm lynn e responds:

    Willa Powell shouldn’t be the only one on the school board telling her kids not to take these tests. They should should all be doing that if they have kids in the K-12 system. The tests, the teaching materials for taking them, and the charter school schools created to replace the failing public schools are created by corporations. The Common Core Standards are copyrighted and a district and state had to pay royalties to the organization who owns the certificate. A big money maker all around for less control over the schools.

  18. April 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm orielly responds:

    While I expect you didn’t mean it that way, I learned a great deal all my life without standardized testing.

    But I am interested in getting as many kids as we can educated in the best most practical way.

    To achieve that goal I have come to 6 basic conclusions that need to be done to provide the best quickest way to provide a better education for ALL.

    1) Vouchers which will lead to more charter schools and a better chance for Catholic HS to survive

    2) Standardized testing – to assure all are learning the same stuff at the same level. Yea it might not be fair for all but its the only way to assure the masses are meeting basic objectives.

    3) Disbanding of school boards, “the infamous” school boards association, and the Teachers Union along with their contracts.

    4)Drastic change to the school calendar- eliminating winter break, supers day, veterans day and Columbus days off to name a few. Midterms to be given before Christmas break …in the classroom. Today kids go to only one 4 straight weeks of schooling time and thats in September.

    5) Elimination of the “contingency” budget process which has rendered voting on budgets useless, and lets school districts spend money with reckless abandon.

    6) When a super supports new buildings or schools they should have to OWN that plan for years. We have many school districts now with too many buildings that were built based on population projections that never happened. The supers that promoted those expansions should lose their retirement funds if its proven they were wrong on the expansion needs.

    Financial responsibility and learning / teaching responsibility…. whata concept.

  19. You’re correct, I wasn’t trying to say you learned less or anything like that. You and I agree more often than not, I just don’t comment on all of the posts Rachel puts up even that I want to (although I’ve been doing it quite a bit lately).
    I am not anti-voucher or Catholic schools but my district did suffer greatly because so many people chose to send their kids to Catholic schools and voted down every budget from my 7th-12th grades (where I attended Eastridge in Irondequoit) in the 1980’s, but that was back when you defaulted to austerity if the budget failed in a vote. So to make it fair I have the view that public schools come first as the majority of American kids are educated in them. That doesn’t mean I think we needed an astroturf field or stadium when the field I played on was still there and perfectly fine but that is something else all together.
    As a lifelong Union guy I am not for getting rid of them, but I can understand people’s frustration with them. I think removing political appointees in many areas of gov’t would elevate that, which is why I said Principals should come from the teacher’s, not from someone who went to night school at Wesleyan. A former Deputy Fire Chief came from Virginia which is Right To Work and he said that the union and department had a great relationship because the politics were removed and it was all about worker welfare/safety. He also left here in disgust from the politics/lack of standards (to the point that reporters had to break the news that he left to City Hall. Every out of towner we have hired has left with a very large distaste in their mouth for local politics and it’s effect on the department).
    I also think the school calendar is silly. To think that parents value having 2 breaks in the spring more than education is mind boggling more (it is not a national thing, most have a week in March only). From my knowledge the 2nd week was added as a way to cut heating costs for an additional week in the winter in the late 60’s/early 70’s. As a vet I would say that kids should be off for that day to show respect for the honored dead but if they have it off to go to Strong or the mall than they, like I, should be at school/work (did you know the city fights contract after contract to maintain language that contradicts state law about civil servant Veterans working Veterans Day? Only in Rochester are vets penalized). One parent was on tv saying there are 20 calendar days per year set aside for standardized testing. 20 days? Wow. So keep the testing, but tack on 20 more days to the school year. That is when it get’s sticky because (contrary to popular opinion) teachers aren’t paid for the summer. They can opt to have their checks reduced regularly so they continue to get ‘paid’ during the summer, but they are basically unemployed then so districts would have to pay for 20 more days of work. And that is where money and envy come into play because people want that astroturf for junior but by God that greedy teacher should just volunteer to work 20 more days of they really love kids.

    In the end it is the political machine and the 2 corrupt parties that continue the system because they and only they can move legislation. We have a Board of Regents, why do legislatures get to make education decisions? Education, Police and Fire are the 3 parts of gov’t that somehow are allowed to be run by those with little working knowledge of their operation. Garbage, recreation, water, all of the other parts of gov’t are left to their own devices to decided how to best accomplish the mission. But that is because the first 3 are supposedly higher paid (and therefore more prestigious?) and in the end it is the greed and desire for power in people that takes over instead of common sense. I shouldn’t even say ‘common sense’ anymore since that term has been hijacked by the media too.

  20. April 14, 2013 at 12:08 am Derek Sanderson responds:

    O’reilley: have you ever taught anywhere? Why don’t you get certified and find a job in the RCSD? You have so much knowledge to impart, I’m sure you could help a lot of students to pass the tests you advocate and defend. Seriously, I think they could use your help.

  21. April 14, 2013 at 9:33 am Orielly responds:

    Nope never taught. So what?

    Have you Sanderson ever been president? If not then you should not comment ever on problems in Foreign policy. Have you ever been in the military and fought in a war? If not don’t publicly state your view on war. That list of free speech restrictions in your world then is endless.

    I’m guessing you are or were a teacher. I hope you didn’t teach that free speech has limits, based on experience.

    I spent a “few” years in school, and have kids in the education system, I pay school taxes in multiple locations and follow multiple school districts because of it. I spent part of 30 or more days in various local city and burb school districts this past year.

    But hey why not question my “teaching” background to try an bring some measure of discrediting to what I posted? Apparently then the issues I raised can’t be debated?

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  23. April 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm Cary Barnhart responds:

    I can’t believe all this protesting of standards. But then again I have to be reminded of the corrupt standards of the RCSD. This institution is forever ruined by its liberal school boards. Look at the past 30 years or so. Worse, it is at the mercy of unions that care only about their membership. It is an adult oriented institution. It has failed and it is doomed for further failure..forever more. God help you if you are not a team player or point out programs that won’t work. The record of past administrations is now well known…but who cares…not the RCSD. It is an arrogant organization that has failed this community miserably. RCSD is a liability that the city just can’t ignore…but it does. Everyone in Monroe County should rise up and demand better…no matter where you live…RCSD affects anyone looking to locate in this county be it a person or corporation.

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