Who We Are

The Rochester Coalition for Public Education's main purposes are to provide educators, parents, students and the Rochester Community, clear, research-based information regarding progressive education reform and to actively influence local, state and federal education policy-makers to implement those reforms which will help students gain the skills necessary to become responsible, active, joyful citizens. 

Get Involved!

The Rochester Coalition for Public Education currently meets via Zoom once or twice a month and as needed. Email Coalition Leader Dan Dramacich at dandrmacich123@gmail.com to let us know you'd like to be part of the next meeting and we'll send an email and/or calendar invitation. 

Upcoming Event Dates & Info

  • Monday Sept 14th @ 7:30 pm: Don Bartalo's Hummingbird Theater's presentation by Rev. Myra Brown on how the Emancipation Proclamation has influenced current police practices 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15th @ 6:30 pm: Kara Finnigan, U of R Ed. Professor & author of "Striving in Common," will present. The focus will be on a regional approach to dealing with the RCSD's issues. 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16th @ 4:00 pm: a panel of several Rochesterians will discuss racial equity & justice issues at Nazareth College. 

  • Friday, Sept. 18th @ 2:00 pm: Jeannette Deuterman, the Long Island Opt-Out Director for Long Island, will present by Zoom to the Coalition on her work with Betty Rosa, the former Regents Chancellor & new interim Commissioner and Opt-Out work with schools should give us some insight for our future discussions with Rosa & for working with RCSD parents on opting out of testing. David Hursh will arrange & Howie will send out Zoom invitations to all Coalition members. 

  • Thursday, September 24th @ 7:00 pm: Rethinking Schools will have several experienced educators discuss teaching & learning strategies regarding racial inequities & the pandemic. *Notices with registration details have been sent out to Coalition members. But, if you need them re-sent, let Dan know asap. 

  • Friday, September 25th @ 3:00-4:30 pm: A special meeting for Coalition members on Racial Equity & Justice, at which we'll view the 25 minute video by Robin DiAngelo, author of "White Fragility," and have a follow-up discussion. Please plan on attending if at all possible. Howie will send Zoom invitations to all. 

Next Meetings: Friday, Sept 18 @ 2pm & Friday Sept 24 @ 3pm


For our next meetings, we will hopefully meet on Friday, September 18th, at 2:00 with Jeanette Deuterman, and on Friday, Sept. 24th @ 3:00 for a discussion on racial justice

  • Agendas TBA

Recent Meetings:

  • Friday, September 11

  • Friday, August 28, 3:30

  • Thursday, August 13, 3:30

  • Thursday, July 30, 3:30pm

  • Thursday, July 23, 3:30pm

  • Monday, July 20, 11am with RCSD Superintendent & NYS Monitor

  • Friday, July 17, 3pm

  • Thursday, July 9, 3pm 

  • Wednesday, June 17, 10am with RCSD Superintendent 

  • Tuesday, June 9, 3pm

  • Thursday, May 28, 1pm

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