UPDATE: The numbers used in this blog post and corresponding chart were updated here.
As noted in today's story, Buffalo school district administrators provided the school board some detailed information Wednesday about how many charter school students are transferring back to Buffalo public schools and why.
The report indicates that 465 students transferred from city charter schools to district public schools between July 1 and Nov. 18, and most of those transfers were the result of "parental choice," not suspensions or expulsions.
Some board members questioned the accuracy of information regarding the reasons for why students are transferring back to district schools. In light of the long-standing suspicion that some charter schools "dump" underperforming and troublesome students, some board members, like Theresa Harris-Tigg, suggested that the district try to refine its method of getting truthful answers from parents who are transferring their children from charters to district schools.
Other board members, like Sharon Belton-Cottman, also agreed that more detailed information be gathered. But she said the information would be a good marketing tool for the district and that the transfers numbers show that Buffalo public schools have something to offer that charter schools don't.
Will Keresztes, chief of student support, acknowledged that the information regarding why students are transferring is "not scientific." But the numbers data is far more information than has ever been shared with the board before.
The chart below shows the number and percentage of students, broken down by race and other factors, of students returning from area charter schools to Buffalo public schools from July 1, 2013 - Nov. 18, 2013.
-- Sandra Tan