BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Members of the State Department of Education are meeting with Buffalo Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown and local educators today to discuss the future of Lafayette and East High Schools.
Last week, State Education Commissioner John King wrote a letter to Dr. Brown saying the district has failed to effectively implement the changes that are needed for the Restart grant at both schools.
Commissioner King ordered the district to allow students at Lafayette and East to enroll at Erie 1 BOCES or let BOCES take over the management of those schools.
This was an unprecedented move. The Deputy Commissioner of Education said Thursday's meeting is unlike any he has sat in before and is unusual.
Ken Slentz, Deputy Commission of Education said, "It is. And it stresses the importance of what the Commissioner has directed. It certainly expresses the department's urgency around the work that needs to be done to make sure these kids have opportunities to learn. Our job is to help the Buffalo Board of Education develop a plan that meets the expectations of the Commissioner's requirements.
News 4's Anthony Congi with Dr. Brown before the meeting for the first time since the letter was sent by Commissioner King. Brown admitted it caught her off guard.
"Certainly we were surprised. We were looking to feedback from the state with regards to the plan and the contract that we had submitted. We are appreciative that there are representatives here from the State Department of Education today to have this discussion with us; to answer our questions and to provide support. in the planning," Dr. Brown said.
According to Buffalo Teacher's Federation President Phil Rumore, Erie 1 BOCES will not be able to handle the language needs of the students. Rumore was also upset that teachers from both schools were not allowed in today's meeting, and he himself left.
Another meeting to discuss plans for the two schools is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Waterfront Highschool.
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