– When the state released graduation rate figures, it also included college readiness data. The state calculates the “aspirational performance measure” by looking at the number of students who graduated in four years and scored 80 percent or higher on a Regents math test and 75 percent or higher on a Regents English test.
That doesn’t sound like a big hill to climb. Students have to get a mediocre score on two tests in their high school careers.
But only 6.2 percent of Rochester graduates met the requirement last year. That means out of 100 students who started as freshmen in 2007, 55 did not graduate in June 2011. Of the 45 who did graduate, only 3 are ready for college.
Think about that. Only 3 out of 100 students who enter the City School District in ninth grade will graduate on time and ready for college.
While the stats for the RCSD are shocking, only on suburban district exceeded 80 percent college-readiness rate:
- Rush-Henrietta: 45%
- Brockport 44%
- Webster 60%
- Wheatland 62%
- Churchville-Chili 63%
- Pittsford 83%
- East Rochester 37%
- Fairport 71%
- Penfield 67%
- Hilton 51%
- Spencerport 54%
- Honeoye Falls 70%
- West Irondequoit 63%
- East Irondequoit 35%
- Greece 35%
- Gates-Chili 42%
- Brighton 71%
– Eight thousand children who live in the City of Rochester do not attend city schools. Rather, they attend private or parochial schools. This goes a long way in explaining why our schools are so segregated. Census data shows the city is more than 40 percent white, but the schools are only 11 percent white.
– Xerox wants a gigantic reduction in property tax assessment in Webster and the city. Webster alone would lose more than $2 million. The town supervisor points out the company already get sa ton of help from taxpayers.
– Backlogs are at the center of the firing of the Monroe County crime lab director. Janet Anderson-Seaquist managed to cut the DNA testing backlog in half, but was that because she refused to test so much evidence and gave some of it back?
Police and prosecutors are willing to let her hang out there to dry, but what responsibility do they bear? Knowing a lab is backed up and prioritizes cases, did they ever call her up and say, “Hey, where’s my test results? I’m working this case hard.” Obviously not. The cases she got in trouble for sending back had been forgotten by everyone.
– The state liquor board is being ridiculous. Zeppa Bistro, in a South Wedge building that’s had a liquor license for more than a century, faces closure because it’s near a church. The pastor supports the business, but the state is still giving the restaurant a hard time.
– Syracuse only has a few dozen electric and hybrid vehicles on the road, but it has 68 charging stations. All of them are little-used – and now have to be replaced.