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Breakdown of charter school students returning to Buffalo public schools

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

Charter School Returns - July-Nov 2013

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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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