BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It’s a busy morning for families across western New York. More students are heading back to school Thursday. It’s the first day of classes for students in Buffalo. Many parents are not happy with where their kids are going.
More than 2,000 students want out of failing schools. Once again, the state rejected the district’s plan to handle them. Many parents are not welcoming the new school year at Lafayette High School. They don’t want their children going to a failing school, but the district can’t seem to find a seat for students who want to transfer to better schools.
Chief of Student Support Services Dr. Will Keresztes said, “I'm not going to tell you there's an actual way that we can produce seats for all the children who want seats this year."
The state once again rejected the district’s latest student transfer plan, that puts the district back to square one. The clock is ticking, the state wants a response by the end of the month.
Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown said, “We all know what the situation is, we only have 12 schools in good standing, that's not going to accommodate 27,000 students, we know that.”
A group of frustrated parents have pledged to protest outside the superintendent’s office every week, to advocate for their children.
District Parent Coordinating Council’s Sam Radford said, “You are forcing them to go to a school against their will. They have already expressed according to law, they are asking you to do your job. They are asking the Board of Education to do their job and provide a seat for them.”
The state has ordered the district to create four more schools in good standing by next September, and find room for students from charter schools that aren’t making the grade.
The district is planning to hold a public meeting before the end of the month, for parent input on a new plan, before it’s submitted to the State Board of Education.
In the meantime, thousands of students will be forced to continue attending failing schools, at least for now.
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has obtained a court order to prevent a Buffalo woman from ever selling puppies again.
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Around 5 p.m. on Thursday near the corner of Model City Road and Rt. 104, police say 84-year-old Jose Martinez was hit by a car driven by 82-year-old Maura Nolan. Both are residents of Lewiston.
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