BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The State Education Commissioner is not shy about sharing his on-going frustrations with the Buffalo School District.
Regarding the transfer plan and school officials finally taking action Monday, three weeks before the start of school, Commissioner John King stated, "These are things that should've been done already.".
King was quite candid as he spoke to News 4, outlining his frustration with Buffalo School officials handling of not only the transfer plan, but also a plan to improve test scores at Lafayette and East High School.
He says neither problem is new.
King is the one who will have to approve the plans passed by the school board Monday, and while he won't comment on it until he reviews it, he says the district has the options of opening new seats in the schools that are in good standing, or re-opening certain schools with a new academic program, or identifying seats in suburban schools that have space.
"They have gotten a lot of technical assistance, a lot of support. What needs to happen in the schools is quite clear and yet they continue to fail to move forward," King said. "My hope would be that their submission will address not only immediate next steps but we asked them to submit a plan that would cover three years of activities, so we'll review the application and proceed accordingly."
The State Education Commissioner says his staff has been in close contact with Buffalo school officials through the weekend, and the State Education Office office will review Monday's plan as quickly as possible and come back with a response. King says he understands parents' frustration.
"The district has known for some time they needed to create transfer options and the district hasn't done so. It's certainly disappointing, but what's most disappointing about it is the harm that it does to students."
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