BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The State Education Department wants all 2,219 Buffalo students who want to be transferred out of low-performing schools to be placed into schools in good standing by the next school year. The district had said it would take three years to transfer those students.
Sources tells News 4 Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg the Buffalo School District's latest plan will be sent back to Buffalo Thursday evening for more revisions. The district has said it would create two new schools in good standing using existing buildings that are empty, and will shut down two other low performing schools, restructuring them so they can function as schools in good standing.
State Education Commissioner John King wants to know of all efforts to reach out to charter schools and suburban districts to find seats for these children. The district says it can accommodate only 300 to 500 students this school year.
The student transfer plan is expected to be discussed Friday morning when Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown meets with high ranking state education officials. She and representatives from Johns Hopkins University and Erie 1 BOCES will also be discussing new plans to turn around Lafayette and East High Schools in Buffalo. Plans for those schools must still be approved by the state, which has threatened to close them down if new deadlines are not met.
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