BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Even though frustrated parents are demanding their kids be pulled out of Buffalo’s failing schools now, officials say it is simply impossible to do it all at once.
There is a move by concerned parents in the district to involve the Say Yes to Education program now in Buffalo's student transfer program, which, under law must transfer students out of failing schools if they so request.
There was a Say Yes meeting Thursday morning. The Operating Committee includes School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown and Teacher Union President Phil Rumore. Neither would talk about what transpired Thursday morning, but the head of the parent group "District Parent Coordinating Council" Sam Radford told News 4 what he is proposing.
Radford said, “We believe that the whole preface to Say Yes in the district gives us, because all the stakeholders are at the table, gives us the opportunity to have conversations that we're not having within the district. So we're looking for solutions, and at the end of the day we're going to continue looking for solutions as parents.”
Say Yes Buffalo Executive Director David Rust said, “The superintendent has driven the ‘choice plan.’ She has not approached Say Yes for assistance in facilitating that process.”
The Buffalo School District is under the gun by the state to come up with a viable plan to transfer more than 2,200 students out of failing schools into schools in good standing.
The latest plan by the district was submitted Monday. Parents and other stakeholders had no role in making the latest revisions.
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