BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Say Yes to Education Buffalo wants to make a difference in the lives of students in the city, so they brought in a consultant to analyze the problems in the district. What they say they realized is the Buffalo School District isn't working because it isn't meeting the needs of students.
Educational experts Cross and Joftus analyzed students from January until June, and presented their data at the First Niagara Center Wednesday morning. They discovered that the school doesn't have a clear plan to improve. They also pointed out there isn't enough technology, and there is low expectations for students and adults.
>> Web Extra: Read the presentation given at the First Niagara Center
Financially, they say money could have been spent better. The consultants say students pay almost three times more in Buffalo to ride the public transportation system than in Syracuse. The consultants say it's time to renegotiate transportation contracts.
Consultant Dr. Scott Joftus said, "Not meeting the needs of students, not meeting the needs of educators and it really needs a new plan with a deep and intense focus on implementation. That's with a focus on meeting student needs, customer service, engaging students and families."
Local leaders say that now they know the problems they can fix them. They hope to have a strategic action plan by February, so students who spend four years in a Buffalo public or charter school can go to college for free.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan, of South Buffalo, in connection to the November death of Russ Ross.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
A seven-year-old Buffalo girl got dropped off more than three miles away from the bus stop where her mother was waiting for her on Wednesday.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
Berry admitted filing 122 false federal income tax returns for people who had died. He must pay restitution for the stolen money.
The conversation over educational reforms is coming to Buffalo. The public can register for the event, that has limited seating, online.