Rochester Schools: Developmental Challenges

Rochester Schools: Developmental Challenges

Mon, 12/21/2009 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

WXXI News looks at students with learning disabilities who spent time in the NICU as babies in a series of reports on the Rochester City School District.

With an increasing number of children starting kindergarten with developmental problems, All Thing Considered host and reporter Rachel Ward looks at recent findings that many students with learning disabilities spent time in neonatal intensive care units as babies. She’ll talk with University of Rochester Medical Center Resident Dr. LeKeyah Quinn. Ward's report, which is part of  WXXI News series entitled "Rochester City Schools: Creating a Masterpiece?" airs Monday, December 21 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and again on Tuesday, December 22 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on AM 1370.

All of WXXI's coverage on this topic, including report transcripts and audio, and additional resources can be found by clicking here.

On the morning of December 21st Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard announced his strategic plan for the district. The plan seeks to realize the district's vision: "Every child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece.” But first the community must overcome some obstacles. An increasing number of kindergarteners are entering school with developmental problems.  The district has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state, and it's growing.  More and more students are becoming involved in crime.  WXXI's Center for Public Affairs presents a series of reports on public health challenges facing the Rochester City School District, and how these challenges impact the district's efforts to make each child a masterpiece.

After Ward's report, be sure to tune in Tuesday, December 22, Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24 for special reports from Senior Correspondent Peter Iglinski and reporter Carlet Cleare.


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