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Finally State Says Yes to Student Transfer Plan

It's taken four tries, but at last, the state has finally given its blessing to the district's plan to transfer kids out of under-performing schools and into better schools.

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. 

--Deidre Williams

 

SED approval letter of BPS transfer plan

 

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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

Tiffany Lankes

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.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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