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East and Lafayette plans are approved, but all is not well

Following up on my last post, here's more news out of Albany...

State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. has finally approved the school turnaround plans for East and Lafayette high schools. He's also given his blessing for the district to have Johns Hopkins run East and Lafayette, while Erie 1 BOCES provides vocational services for those students.

In addition, he's approved having two other outside organizations take over Buffalo Elementary School of Technology (BEST) and Highgate Heights School 80, which would put those schools in line for millions in federal grant money.

But it's not all happy stuff -- at all.

If you read his letter, below, it's clear King hasn't released his grip on the school district in regard to East and Lafayette. In fact, it's rather threatening. He points out that his approval is for this school year only.

"Prior to the commencement of the 2014-15 school year, I will provide you with further information regarding my directives for East High School and Lafayette High School," he states, adding that "if progress has not been made and BPS does not submit to me an acceptable closure plan, I will inform you that I intend to recommend revocation of registration for one or both of the schools to the Board of Regents."

Here's his letter:

Commissioner King approval of Lafayette-East turnaround plans 9-3-13. by Sandra Tan

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

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

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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

Sandra Tan

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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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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