State finally OKs Buffalo schools plan

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown announced Wednesday night that the state has finally approved a student transfer deal for the district.

This would allow more than 2,000 students to transfer out of low-performing schools. This has been a long battle between Buffalo and state education officials. The plan was rejected several times in the past.

The letter sent to Dr. Brown says the plan has been approved, but also sternly reminds her that it must meet the requirements already set forward.

Dr. Brown says the plan involves both working on changes to Priority and Focus schools that will hopefully bring them into good standing, as well as actions that will create more seats in schools currently in good standing. This includes opening two brand-new schools (one a high school with a focus on preparing students for medical careers) and closing and reopening two other schools in the 2014-15 school year.

Of the approximately 2,200 parents who asked for their kids to be transferred this year, about 600 students have been accommodated. Another 40 percent of parents who were offered transfers, according to Dr. Brown, changed their minds.

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