A Challenge to Rochester Schools (2011) On-Demand

A Challenge to Rochester Schools (2011) On-Demand


A Challenge to Rochester Schools(2011) focuses on the plight of black male students in the Rochester City School District. Watch On-Demand

They make up a significantly disproportionate number of the students being expelled or referred to special education. And they're much more likely than other students to dropout before earning their diplomas. We'll examine why this is happening, and what might help these boys succeed in school. Aired as part of Need to Know Rochester (2011) Watch On-Demand

A Challenge to Rochester Schools Part 1


A Challenge to Rochester Schools Part 2


Need to Know Rochester: A Challenge to Rochester Schools presents three powerful profiles of young men who are facing significant challenges as they try to beat the odds.  Junior Patrick Boyd, who has a history of getting into fights, being expelled from school -- and caring for his younger siblings while his mother was in jail.  Senior Steadman Dolphey who shows up for play practice, despite frequents stints of homelessness and being on his own.  Seventh-grader Philippe Sheppard who is trying to make his father, who is an inmate at a maximum security prison in Plattsburgh, proud.

The program also features Adeyemi Stembridge, Ph.D. of New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education; Dr. Jerome Watts, author and former administrator of the Rochester City School District's "I'm Ready" program; former RCSD Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard, who is now chief of the Chicago School District; and others.

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp is joined by reporter Helene Biandudi who, along with videographer and editor Marty Kaufman, conducted interviews for this special edition of the program.  Aired Friday, September 16, 2011 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m., Re-aired Friday October 7, 2011 at 8:30pm and Sunday, October 9. 2011 at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November , 2011 at 8:30pm on WXXI Television. 

This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen Initiative: a public media initiative to stem the dropout crisis by supporting community-based solutions.  Learn more at: http://wxxi.org/grad

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