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RCSD special ed director will now head state program (Democrat & Chronicle)

Rochester City School District special education director Chris Suriano has been named the head of special education for the entire state, following a vote from the state Board of Regents. Read More


Batavia schools to pay fees in softball players' suit (Democrat & Chronicle)

U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the Batavia City School District now owes an additional $68,545 in fees to reimburse the Empire Justice Center for its legal work on behalf of the players and their families. Read More


Batavia Schools To Pay $68,000 In Legal Fees (wgrz.com)

United States District Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the Batavia City School District now owes an additional $68,545 in fees to reimburse the Empire Justice Center for their legal work on behalf of the players and their families. Read More


The Way You Can Be Punished for Calling 911 (attn:)

People typically call 9-1-1 when they're in trouble: a fire, an attack, a burglary, a health emergency. But in cities across the U.S., there are local laws that can get people evicted for contacting emergency services “too many times” during a certain period of time. Read More


Foreclosures down from 2015, but persistent in certain states (Marketplace)

New foreclosure data out Thursday from research firm RealtyTrac show foreclosures are down, but there are still some rough spots. Read More


Medicare Counseling: A Lifeline We Must Sustain (The Huffington Post)

For the clients NYLAG and other advocates for the poor serve, SHIPs are a particularly critical resource. Medicare is a great benefit, but it is expensive. Low-income people would never be able to afford Medicare without expert assistance to obtain the vital subsidies they need to reduce costs. Read More


RCSD faces potential lawsuit over special ed programs (Democrat & Chronicle)

In 2016 as in 1981, the Empire Justice Center, a statewide nonprofit law firm representing the poor and disabled, contends the district is failing its 5,900 students with disabilities in nearly every way. Read More


Limited English homeowners often face mortgage problems (Democrat & Chronicle)

Unnecessary foreclosures are among the dilemmas limited-English homeowners can face... Read More


Task force aims to combat damage of vacant property (Democrat & Chronicle)

Vacant and abandoned properties attract crime, fall into disrepair and put an incredible strain on municipalities that are left to deal with significant property code violations. These properties have negative equity impact on each and every property around them. Read More


Everest's closing left many in limbo (Democrat & Chronicle)

When Everest was shut down, 462 full- and part-time students who had been attending the school on Portland Avenue in Irondequoit were left in limbo — having invested in their future and often going deep in debt. Read More