In April of 2014, the University of Rochester was asked by the Rochester City School District Board of Education to become the Educational Partnership Organization for East High School. East was facing possible closure due to a long history of failure to meet New York State Education Department (SED) benchmarks. At first the University declined, as the timeline established by SED was too tight, and it was not clear that the University had the capacity to undertake this work. However, after negotiations among SED, the Board of Education and the Warner School of Education, the University developed a specific proposal to do this work in conjunction with the East educational community.
The UR-EPO proposal is based on research based established practices, appropriate staffing and high expectations for all. The links to the documents below are written in the proposal format required by SED.