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The rejection letter

When state officials came to Buffalo last week, Buffalo school leaders had a pressing question for them: Where did we go wrong?

Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz declined at that time to ennumerate the ways that the Buffalo school district failed in its application for millions of dollars in school turnaround money for Lafayette and East high schools. But Buffalo school representatives did prevail upon the state to issue a letter outlining the administration's missteps in writing.

That letter was sent to the district on Saturday. In it, the state faults Buffalo Public Schools for several major errors, including the district's failure to submit a signed contract with Johns Hopkins University, the organization that was supposed to provide direct supervision to Lafayette and East as the "educational partnership organization" or EPO.

It also faults the district for not clearly outlining Johns Hopkins authority to serve in the role of superintendent for Lafayette and East, stating in the grant application that Johns Hopkins will answer to central office administrators.

Here's the letter sent by Slentz to Superintendent Brown over the weekend.

State Ed letter regarding Lafayette and East grant application deficiencies



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Denise Jewell Gee

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