State Education Commissioner John B. King issued a letter today stating that District turnaround plans and contracts for East and Lafayette High Schools have been approved. Plans will be refined as the year progresses, based on an integration of services between the Buffalo Public Schools, Johns Hopkins Talent Development Secondary as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO), and Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), who will provide Career and Technical Education (CTE) Training to students who opt to attend BOCES courses.
In addition EPO partnership contracts have also been accepted for Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, with Research to Practice; and School #80, with the Westminster Foundation.
The Buffalo Public Schools, in conjunction with the above named partnering agencies and the State Education Department, will put in place all necessary tools and operational procedures in order to ascertain program performance and student growth in these schools.
12 of 13 plans submitted this past school year have been approved, and 10 will benefit from full funding in the upcoming school year. The District continues our efforts toward achievement in all of our schools to ensure that each child receives the world-class education they deserve and is prepared for college and careers.
However, late in the day, the state education department rejected the latest transfer plan for the district, citing a lack of sufficient detail.