BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The parents of three children in low-performing Buffalo schools have filed an appeal to the State Education Department to have their children transferred into schools in good standing. The three are among more than 2,000 students who have requested transfers. The district says it can only accommodate several hundred students this year.
School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown met with District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Radford and the parents who showed up at her office Wednesday afternoon. Brown told them the state would have to approve any new district attempts to create schools in good standing, or creating annexes to existing schools in good standing, as was done in the case of the former Pinnacle Charter School which is now a Buffalo Public School.
Brown told Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg when asked if this could all be done by next semester, “If it can be done we certainly would want to move forward in that direction. That’s something I will have to look into.”
Brown could face a vote at Wednesday’s school board meeting on whether or not she should continue on as superintendent. School Board Member Carl Paladino says he will issue a motion to dismiss Brown based on her performance this past year. While she got passing grades on a performance evaluation by the board, there are believed to be four votes currently that would move for dismissal. A fifth vote would be necessary for the action to pass.
Since becoming superintendent, Brown says she has increased the graduation rate several points, increased attendance and cut back on suspensions.
Newberg asked Brown if she plans to stay on as superintendent, she chose not to respond to the question but a spokeswoman for her office said said, “She is working as hard as she ever has and is dedicated to progress in the district.”
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