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Adam’s Update (3.27.20)

Colleagues, The newly proposed Rochester City School budget for the 2020-2021 school year targets programs for our most vulnerable students such as Special Education, the Bilingual Academy and the Young Mothers Program. It also calls for significant reductions of teaching positions next year. Out of the total of 236 staff reductions, including teachers, paraprofessionals, non-teaching employees, school administrators and Central Office, 192 are teachers - more than 81% of all cuts.  All this comes on the heels of the devastating mid-year teacher layoffs just a few short months ago. During an unprecedented time of stress and hardship, the proposed budget would be another severe blow to our students and their teachers. The hardest-hit tenure areas for layoffs are Social Workers (32), Special Education (30), Speech and Hearing (27), ESOL (20), Physical Education (14), Art (14), K-3 Elementary (12), Teachers on Special Assignment (12), Science (11) and Teacher Coordinators of Special...

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