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: