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Timeline of school district failure

LATEST UPDATE: The most accurate version of this timeline (though not nearly as pretty) can now be found by clicking here.

It's always a pleasant surprise when someone can hand you a piece of paper that succinctly tells you everything you need to know. That was the case when Buffalo board member James Sampson sent me this two-page timeline that outlines repeated failures by the Buffalo school district to submit appropriate school turnaround plans for Lafayette and East high schools.

I asked the State Education Department to vet this timeline and they responded this morning, saying they found it generally accurate. Sampson said he's already shared this with all the board members. I expect it will be a point of discussion at this afternoon's 4 p.m. board meeting at Waterfront Elementary School.

Check back here for the live blog.

Below is the timeline Sampson sent me from Buffalo ReformED, a group to which Sampson was president until he resigned July 1. For those who need guidance with the acronyms: SED = State Education Dept., BPS = Buffalo Public Schools, PLA = persistently low achieving, EPO = educational partnership organization.

East and Lafayette Timeline by stan716

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