District creates offices, program to assist Latino families

ROCHESTER — The Rochester City School District Board of Education has approved the creation of two new offices and a program to better assist Latino families, thanks to the efforts of a local advocacy group.

During its monthly meeting on May 8, the board approved the new positions of Director of Latina/o Affairs and Director of Social Justice as well as implementation of a Family Advocate program to assist with parental and family engagement, according to information from Anthony Ploncynski, who leads the Latino Education Task Force.

The task force, which was created by Ibero-American Action League in partnership with the University of Rochester Warner School of Education, made several recommendations to the school district following the university’s report on Latino education that was unveiled in the fall of 2010.

The group brought those recommendations to the school again last winter, according to a letter addressed to the school board.

"Our work has just begun and we look forward to pushing for continued change for our community," Ploncynski state.

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