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Teacher assessments lack balance, critics cry

As state lawmakers push for a bill to extend the timeline for implementation, school districts across New York must prepare to manage a new teacher evaluation system imposed as part of the state budget—or risk losing increased state aid. Gov. ...

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Schools agree on advantages of technology

Whether private or public, schools agree about technology use in the classroom: It is essential. The positive aspects of using smartboards, tablets and desktop computers to teach and learn overrule any drawbacks, area educators say. “The teachers love the way ...

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Sweeping reforms address failing schools

The Rochester City School District is preparing for one of the most significant shifts in education history, a new plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that gives the state unprecedented power to take over failing schools. The change is part of ...

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An eye on the bottom line at private schools

With an eye to securing stability and growth, private school officials know the importance of financial planning. “It’s vital to our long-term success,” said Christina Mancini, director of alumni relations and development at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester. Private schools ...

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CEO sees acquisitions, overseas expansion

While the manufacturing landscape has changed dramatically over the past century and a half, one constant—locally, as well as nationally—has been Gleason Corp. The Rochester-based manufacturer was founded in 1865. Over the years, it has not only survived, it has ...

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Going from a tiny shop to an industry leader

You might say Gleason Corp., which is preparing to mark its 150th anniversary, helps make the gears of industries turn all over the world. “We offer to the market everything they need to produce gears,” said Alan Finegan, director of ...

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Global journey began with Kate Gleason

Gleason Corp.’s international expansion began with an illness, a gamble and a woman. In 1893, Kate Gleason, daughter of founder William Gleason, traveled unaccompanied to Europe. Armed only with $200 and one dress, she traveled to England, Scotland, France and ...

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Gleason Corp.: Family members were pioneers and leaders

Gleason Corp. began as a small family business, and family played—and continues to play—a central part in its history. The founder, and then his grown children, controlled the company for nearly 100 years. A brief look at four members of ...

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RBJ 75: Satellite firms provide thousands of jobs

Roughly one-third of Rochester’s largest private-sector employers are headquartered outside the region, and while conventional wisdom says we would prefer that ratio to be smaller, large companies are not breaking down doors to relocate their headquarters here. “The fact is, ...

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RBJ 75: Xerox keeps its lead in jobs

Xerox Corp. retains its No. 1 ranking among the RBJ 75 public companies, but its lead narrowed over the last year. It now employs 6,575 people in the Rochester area, 147 fewer than a year ago, and 145,600 companywide, up ...

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RBJ 75: For the economy, what matters more than jobs?

Last year brought big changes to the RBJ 75. After reaching the quarter-century mark, we’d decided it was time to look at it with fresh eyes. As a result, the RBJ 75 became an annual list of the region’s largest ...

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RBJ 75: New economy built on knowledge creation

As the largest private-sector employer in the Rochester region, the University of Rochester is vitally important to the regional economy—as are the five other colleges and universities that rank among the RBJ 75. Experts point to the growing role higher ...

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RBJ 75: CEO Bios

Jose Acevedo M.D. President and CEO, Finger Lakes Health Acevedo became the first physician to head Finger Lakes Health when he was named president and CEO in 2010. He joined the health system in 2004 as vice president for medical ...

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Strategies in hiring focus on the right fit

Every company needs talent. When it comes to hiring for Rochester’s top employers, the focus is on fit. With each new hire comes a chance to define the company’s next direction. “The best strategy in attracting top talent to Harris ...

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Tough decisions are part of the territory

Bearing the burden of making tough calls is a big part of why they pay CEOs the big bucks. “In addition to having the courage to make a big decision, you need the fortitude to deal with unpleasant surprises,” consultant ...

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