I'm back from vacation, and the news has been pouring in from Albany. (Check back for another post soon-to-follow regarding the approval of East and Lafayette plans.)
As noted in today's story, the State Education Department has, for the third time, required the district to further revise its plan to accommodate students who want to transfer out of struggling schools and into better ones.
The ongoing difficulty of the district to submit approval plans to the state has been an ongoing sore spot with state ed officials. Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz said Tuesday the state has ramped up its technical assistance to Buffalo City Schools and "can't take off the training wheels" because district leaders aren't showing the ability to do comprehensive planning on their own.
In this case, the "training wheels" are coming in the form of a detailed letter and three lengthy appendices that the state tacked onto its letter to Superintendent Pamela Brown, providing very specific, concrete direction on what Buffalo must do to provide an acceptable school choice plan for students.
Here's the link to Appendix A and Appendix B, and below is the letter from Slentz to Superintendent Pamela Brown requiring the district to resubmit a revised plan by Sept. 30.