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District still needs "training wheels" in crafting student transfer plan

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.

State response to Buffalo school choice plan 9-3-13 by Sandra Tan

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Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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