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Buffalo Board of Ed Still Battling NYS Plans

(WBEN) Buffalo's Board of Education holds a special meeting tonight to decide whether to allow BOCES to teach vocational classes at East and Lafayette High Schools, or go with a turnaround plan that the state in many ways has already said no to.

State Education Commissioner John King has ordered the district to embrace BOCES, and has rejected the board's application to have Johns Hopkins University operate as a turnaround czar at the two schools. King castigates the district for not being able to put together a valid application for turnaround grant funds that would pay for Johns Hopkins.

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At tonight's session, the board is expected to press for continued use of Johns Hopkins, with the possible use of BOCES  in the schools. King has told the district that they need to add BOCES programs or face possible decertification of the schools in mid August. 

In a related development, the Buffalo News reports that the state has also rejected the district grant for Highgate Heights elementary, saying that once again the district has been unable to prepare an adequate application . ( BELOW)

At tonight's session,  board member James Samson is expected to introduce a measure asking for details on why the district has been incapable of meeting state requirements.

Tonight's meeting is at 4 pm in the Waterfront School. 

Highgate Heights letter.pdf by Sandra Tan

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