The New York State Education Department released the 2012 graduation rates for all school districts on Monday. As noted in a previous post, The News subsequently had reporters spend considerable time looking up and analyzing the the graduation rates for all Erie and Niagara county high schools over the past three years.
The Buffalo graduation rates occurred prior to the arrival of Superintendent Pamela Brown, but as head of the Buffalo schools, The News solicited her comments on the 2012 graduation rate for the district, which had fallen from 54 percent to 47 percent. Instead of speaking with The News, Brown's spokeswoman released a statement to us.
When our story ran on Tuesday and a TV reporter asked to speak with the superintendent about it, Brown held a press conference for multiple TV and radio news stations. The Buffalo News was not invited.
In the statement to The News, Brown said it is her goal to raise the Buffalo school district's graduation rate to 80 percent by 2018, five years from now. We summarized her statement in our news stories Tuesday and today, but here is the full statement we received from the superintendent on Monday.