State Education Officials Meet With Rochester School Board

New York’s top two education officials are in Rochester today, holding a series of private meetings with each member of the Rochester City School Board. 

The apparent purpose of these meetings is to ease tensions over the state’s appointment of a “distinguished educator” to assist the city schools in boosting student performance.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa will hold a 30-minute closed-door sit down with each member of the board. The meetings are being held at the airport.

The State Education Department didn’t want to comment on the meetings.

Distinguished Educator Ken Eastwood begins whatever his duties in Rochester are in three weeks. 

Board member Natalie Sheppard delivered a fiery criticism of his appointment last week, calling it essentially a state takeover.


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