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Keys to Students’ Success: Resilience, Grit, Passion

As the Democrat and Chronicle education reporter, I seldom manage to go more than a day or two without finding myself downwind of a harangue about the state of the Rochester City School District.

Each orator has his own thesis. There are the dueling reformers and anti-reformers, the “Where are the parents?” crowd looking askance at theories of institutional racism. Those who see the inevitability of institutional inertia seem to have the dimmest view of all, which is saying something.

So much local breath and ink have been spent on the topic that it’s easy to forget: Rochester is by no means unique.