BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - State Regent Bob Bennett tells News 4 the Buffalo School District has completed and submitted the plans to fix two failing high schools.
Friday was the deadline for the district to finalize the contracts for East and Lafayette High School. After meeting President Obama on Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown traveled to Albany with other members of the district to meet with state representatives and complete revisions to the contracts required by the State Education Department.
Bennett says this is the fourth time the district has had to re-submit an application to the state to have John Hopkins University and Promise Neighborhood take over the failing schools. The applications also spell out plans to have students be offered classes at Erie 1 BOCES.
Jessica Bauer Walker of the District Parent Coordinating Council said, "I think we're really relieved. John Hopkins, I think it's good to have some object perspective on the situation and we can use all the help that we can get. So when you have somebody who's a national expert in school turnaround in the meetings that we've had with John Hopkins, they've been very open to family and community involvement. So I think that's all good."
John Hopkins will have total control over what subjects are taught, methodology and classroom hours, taking control away from Superintendent Pamela Brown for those two schools.
"She's not to have any control because it's a contract with the School Board and Educational Partnership Organization," Bennett explained.
He says the State Education Commissioner John King could sign the revised proposal Friday night. If he does, Bennett says it would mean new changes roll out as soon as school starts for students in September.
During the same meetings on Friday, applications for Highgate Heights and Best Elementary were also completed.
For now, Brown's office is only saying "things went well" in Albany.
Bennett said, "It shouldn't have come to this, but it did and I'm glad the Commissioner had them come to Albany, and I'm glad it's been resolved because that's what the students deserve. Now the real challenge is to make sure these students achieve at higher levels and that's the promise in the contract."
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