For Immediate Release                                                                                   
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI HOSTS A LIVE, TELEVISED FORUM TO ADDRESS MAYORAL CONTROL OF ROCHESTER CITY SCHOOLS

Rochester, New York (March 10, 2010) – As the debate over mayoral control of the Rochester City Schools continues, the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) is conducting a scientific poll to assess the concerns Rochester city residents have regarding the issue. In conjunction with the poll, WXXI will host a live, televised forum to discuss CGR’s findings and examine all viewpoints. Point by Point: A Forum of Mayoral Control will air Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). WXXI is partnering with City Newspaper and WDKX-FM to provide viewers with in-depth information and analysis throughout the broadcast.

Mayor Bob Duffy and Rochester City School District Board President Malik Evans will meet at WXXI studios to answer questions from panelists: Bob Smith, host of AM 1370’s 1370 Connection; Liz Medhin, co-host of WDKX’s Wake Up Club; and Tim Louis Macaluso, education writer for City Newspaper. Duffy and Evans will also take questions from a studio audience of individuals who participated in the CGR poll.

Analysis will be provided by Joseph P. Viteritti, PhD, chair of the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Dr. Viteritti specializes in education policy, state & local governance, and public law, and is editor of When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City. WXXI’s News Director Julie Philipp will moderate the forum.

Point by Point: A Forum of Mayoral Control willsimulcast on AM 1370, and will stream live on WXXI.org.

You can read more WXXI news stories about the debate regarding mayoral control of the Rochester City Schools at wxxi.org/news/specials/mcs.

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