• September 12, 2014
As has been extensively discussed (including in this blog), the partnership between the UR’s Warner School and East is gaining steam. Everyone I talk with is cautiously optimistic the initiative–a breath of fresh air–can be the positive step forward the District definitively needs.
How disconcerting to read the other day that the Buffalo City School District lost its university partner, Johns Hopkins. buffalonews.com/city-region/buffalo-public-schools/after-loss-of-johns-hopkins-two-buffalo-high-schools-need-plans-20140907
Apparently, after two years the university found its task to act as the school’s superintendent overwhelming and unmanageable. According to the article, Hopkins just wanted out.
Obviously, this is not good news for such partnerships. But I still have much hope. Perhaps a better way to view the Buffalo breakup is that Johns Hopkins was never a good fit. As a Maryland school, Hopkins does not have deep or wide roots in western New York, and as such, no base from which to build broad community interest.
Here, the UR has exactly such rich roots, with alumni and friends just about everywhere. Go no further than the number of Warner School grads teaching in the RCSD. Of course, it will take the whole Rochester community to “save” East. But once we get the entire UR family on board, the turnaround has a fighting chance.