Not everyone is happy about it. Phil Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, said that while the teachers union is pleased that the plan has finally been approved, "we still believe that transferring students out of what is allegedly a poor performing school does nothing for the students that remain. All in all...this plan is obviously designed by people who know nothing about education."
Before schools administrators start celebrating too much, the state pointed out a few items that need to be cleared up still. For instance, the district can't use a lottery system to place transfer students. And regular meetings should be scheduled throughout the school year to keep parents informed of their school choice options for the 2014-15 year.
Even with the loose ends, it's still a big step forward the Buffalo Board of Education.
Below is the state's approval letter sent to the district Wednesday morning.