BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local not-for-profit group unveiled a plan Saturday to help two of the city's low performing schools.
The Chameleon Community Schools Project held its first community meeting to discuss a federally approved plan for restarting Persistently Low Achieving schools. Under the plan, low achieving schools would be closed and reopened as charter schools.
The group proposed that East High School and Waterfront Elementary School be converted to charter schools beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
According to Chameleon Schools Project board member Steven Polowitz, providing this opportunity for the two schools would give 10% of students in failing schools a high quality education.
"There are more than 15,000 children in failing schools in Buffalo," Polowitz said. "Restructuring schools as charters schools gives them the autonomy and flexibility necessary for these schools and their students to have the best possible chance for turnaround success."
Hundreds of workers, politicians and residents of Chautauqua County rallied in Dunkirk calling on state regulators to approve plans for NRG to convert and reopen a power plant.
Buffalo police homicide detectives have identified an Eggertsville man who was shot and killed early Saturday morning.
Seventy-two years after the attack that launched the US into World War II, Western New Yorkers remembered the fatal day at Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
Volunteers at Buffalo’s Salvation Army created holiday cards and gift bags for the seniors at the Golden Age Center.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
The abandoned puppy in the Town of Evans was actually turned in by the dog's owner.