Join me for a live blog of the student support and student achievement committee meetings at 5 p.m. today.
Items on the agenda will include a report on the plan for multilingual education in the district. A year and a half ago, a district-commissioned study found the district grossly underserving students whose native language is not English. We reported in May 2010:
The city's rapidly growing student population of recent immigrants and refugees — now numbering more than 3,000 — has historically been "largely invisible" in Buffalo schools, the report contends.
"The school system didn't seem to notice they were here, didn't think to modify an otherwise successful program to ensure that these newcomers could succeed, and didn't create an effective system to reach out to those communities," states the Council of Great City Schools report, which was commissioned by the board.
For months, an advisory group has been meeting to craft a plan to improve education for these students. Join me tonight to find out what they've come up with.
- Mary Pasciak