BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Monday is the deadline for the Buffalo School District to send in the latest application to have Johns Hopkins University and BOCES play major roles in educating students at Lafayette and East High Schools.
Charles Hiteshew, the Johns Hopkins CEO for developing secondary school programs, including Buffalo, tells News 4 Sr. Correspondent Rich Newberg "we're meeting the deadline and working closely with the district to respond to the State Education Department's request..." for new contracts for the schools.
Hiteshew says he expects Johns Hopkins to take over the management of the two schools, serving as the schools' superintendent. He says teachers have been motivated to use new approaches to educating students in schools where about one in four students graduate. He also says he is getting good cooperation from the Buffalo Teachers Federation.
Hiteshew says special attention is being given to students at Lafayette who are refugees or new immigrants to the United States. There are about 45 different languages spoken by these students struggling to learn English.
A special meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education is set for Monday at noon, to approve the new contracts for East and Lafayette.
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