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RCSD superintendent pushes for longer school days

Posted at: 01/29/2013 3:28 AM
Updated at: 01/30/2013 12:09 AM

Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is pushing for longer school days and other measures to improve the Rochester City School District.

Vargas joined other superintendents from other school districts across New York to speak before a joint legislature hearing on Governor Cuomo's proposed budget in Albany on Tuesday.

Vargas says parents are very supportive to his cause.

“They understand that the school day is too short. They want to see their children learn. They realize that common sense would tell them and tell us that our children deserve as much instructional time,” said Vargas.

Along with longer school days Vargas is pushing for funds to support full day kindergarten and flexible transportation aid that will promote neighborhood schools. Click here to read a portion of his comments

Vargas says he is "thrilled" that Governor Cuomo's proposed budget aligns with the goals of schools in the Rochester City School District.

Governor Cuomo's proposal will increase education aid by $889 million.