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Monroe County is home to the richest and poorest school districts in Upstate New York.

Buffalo Business First magazine ranked districts using socioeconomic date from the state education department and census.

Pittsford is the most affluent district, with only 4 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch and 5 percent of students living in poverty. Brighton was ranked 8th, Penfield 15th and Victor 20th.

Rochester is the least affluent school district, with 85 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch and 39 percent of students in poverty. (Recent census figures show 53 percent of all children in the city live in poverty.) Syracuse and Buffalo were also in the bottom five.

The data indicates poverty is very real in some Monroe County suburbs. In East Rochester and East Irondequoit, about one in five students lives in poverty.

Rochester and Pittsford are only 8 miles apart. This list makes the gulf feel much wider, doesn’t it?

Update: A follow-up ranking by Business First lists Pittsford first academically.

Links of the Day:

– The way the New York state prison system treated a raped inmate is a disgrace.

– One year out of college, women are already paid less than men.

– The blue recycling bin will likely be a thing of the past.

– A bunch of kids went down with concussions at a Pee Wee football game in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, a retired doctor in a small New Hampshire town proposed ending high school football.

– Portraits of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Not the kind he’ll hang in his office.

5 Responses to Big Gulf

  1. My thoughts….first, being poor is NOT a reason to not learn. It is an excuse. It is also a result of “enablers” doing their good deed of making excuses for those who chose to make bad choices. Second, people can live where they want. I don’t understand the logic of trying to make people in Pittsford feel guilty for wanting their children to be successful. It should be the opposite. There should be an effort to encourage the “poor” to attend school and realize the benefits that an education provides.it’s not like there isn’t enough money being spent on the RCSD. It’s not like there isn’t enought press coverage on the failures of the RCDS students. It’s not like this is new. The RCSD has been failing for years. I guess I don’t understand the point of this blog. What are you pushing for……bussing city kids to Pittsford? Do you really think that is the answer?

  2. October 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm Edward Richards responds:

    Or it could be lack of people willing to do the right thing and actually HELP kids (as in homework, find a job) vs whats plagued City schools (greed, incompetance, politics).

  3. And the US and state governments are paying billions to corporations for standardized tests that basically point to the higher rates of poverty and punishing their schools. By the way it is hard to be poor in Pittsford and Brighton, no breakfast programs and hunger is something that has no relief until lunch.

  4. October 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm Peking Humonculous responds:

    WOW- those new recycling bins are COOL! Hope we get some in Rochester. Seems like every time it’s recycling day there’s heavy winds and half of what everyone was trying to recycle ends up all over the street and in their neighbor’s yards.

  5. October 26, 2012 at 9:59 am Orielly responds:

    This is a democrat narrative. I mean really to a point, who cares who’s rich or poor. Why is that the excuse to why kids don’t learn?

    The basic problem is not poor or rich its a family’s (whatever the make up is) commitment to education. Poor kids in the city with one parent and the other (who knows) do well in school and go to college. If one can do it all can do it IF THEY WANT TO.
    IF they don’t care put them in a room where they don’t have to do school work or pay attention in class at 16 they are on their own. There will always be a way to the good side if they want it. Its their life. We provide the way its up to them to take and walk that path.

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