Buffalo graduation rates likely to climb

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Sources say Buffalo high school graduation numbers are likely to climb to 58 percent, based on current trends in 2015.

If that holds true, the rate is far different than the statistics presented by Buffalo’s new school superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash at the opening of Wednesday school board meeting.

Dr. Cash said for every hundred 9th graders in the district, only fifty will graduate. Of the hundred, he said, only one will earn a college diploma.

His statistics pre-dated the arrival of the Say Yes to Education program in Buffalo.

In 2012, the year before Say Yes was up and running, the graduation rate was 49 percent.

By the end of 2014 the rate was up to 56 percent.

In addition, the number of college bound students increased more than two thousand in 2013 and 2014.

That translates to an increase from 57 percent in 2012 to an average of 65 percent by the end of 2014, according to Say Yes.

Say Yes Buffalo Executive Director David Rust said, while Dr. Cash’s data may have been outdated, “it’s been pretty clear for a long time that we need to support our schools in a different way, and re-imagine public education.”

Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino was supportive of Dr. Cash’s opening presentation.

He said people are expecting him to lead from the front.

“I certainly think he’s capable of it. I hope he gets it, and you can’t fix something that’s broke with the same people who broke it.”

Dr. Cash says he will work quickly to assembly his staff and create a thirty-day plan of action by the next school board meeting.

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