BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - What do parents in the City of Buffalo believe can be done to raise the graduation rate from 47 percent?
News 4 spokes to parents at Lafayette High School on Wednesday who were attending an eighth grade graduation ceremony. Those students will be going on to McKinley High School.
Shannon Noziere says improving the graduation rate is simple. In order to get more than 47 percent of students to graduate in the Buffalo Public School system, the parents need to put in the time and effort.
"You have to be involved; you have to stay involved," Noziere said.
Her daughter added, "She's like my teacher at home. So without a teacher at home, I don't think it would be too good."
Both Noziere and Regina McCullen say nowadays they see more parents partying with their children instead of being a responsible parent. Both mothers say if parents put their children first, they're optimistic all students will one day get a diploma.
"You have to keep inspiring them to go hard," McCullen said.
Unlike Buffalo schools, the Charter School of Applied Technologies has an almost perfect graduation rate of 98-percent, and 83-percent of their students are from the city. What is the school's secret?
Guidance counselor Reuben Owens said, "I'd like to say our faculty and staff works wonders and works magic, [but all the credit goes] to the students."
Students want to learn when there's a passionate teaching environment, Owens says.
Almost all of the students at the school who come from Buffalo are at or below the poverty level. In Buffalo schools, only 67 percent of students are living in poor conditions.
The Charter School says they've overcome the odds. And though they don't seem to be doing anything monumentally different than Buffalo, there is one big difference. When students don't show up, administrators go knocking on parents' doors.
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