Buffalo Schools' Plan Not Approved By State

11:32 AM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY- The Buffalo School District's plan for John Hopkins to serve as the Educational Partnership Organization for East and Lafayette High Schools was not approved by the state as submitted.

According to the letter, the district must revise the plan by 5 p.m. Friday. At a special meeting last week, the Board of Education approved plans for Johns Hopkins to serve as the EPO, meaning it would essentially act as the superintendent of the two schools and would partner with Erie 1 BOCES. However, State Education Commissioner John King outlined a multitude of issues with the plan submitted last week, including that it "does not clearly articulate whether or how the educational program to be implemented by JHU will be coordinated with the BOCES CTE programs."

WEB EXTRA: Click here to read the letter sent to the Buffalo School District

On July 10, King informed district Superintendent Pamela Brown that if a plan is not enacted by Aug. 12 to rectify the poor graduaton rates at East and Lafayette, both run the risk of revoked registration. That letter also signified the denial of government funding for both schools.

King gave the Buffalo Public Schools two options: they can either create a plan to allow students from the two schools to transfer to vocational schools as a part of BOCES, or they can give BOCES the authority of East and Lafayette as the EPO.

King also suggested in the letter that all parties arrange a meeting in Albany. If the district cannot fix East and Lafayette high schools, King said he could potentially recommend that the Board of Regents revoke their registrations.

The Board will meet as scheduled on Wednesday.


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