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District corrects charter school transfer figures

Last month The Buffalo News reported on the number of students who transferred out of charter schools and enrolled in the Buffalo Public School system.

Data provided by the Buffalo school district showed that over a four-month period that ended in November, there were 465 students who transferred. The vast majority cited “parental choice” as the reason.

That number was broken down by individual school in an accompanying blog post.

Following that post, David V. Bouie, director of Aloma D. Johnson Charter School, pointed out an error in the district’s data.

The district reported that 56 students transferred out of the school, but that number included students who finished fourth-grade, the highest grade level available at Aloma D. Johnson.

The number of transfers excluding that number was 21.

“I apologize for the error which may have led parents to be concerned about such a large percentage,” Will Keresztes, the district’s chief of student support, wrote in an e-mail. “Please feel free to share this email with any interested party.  For the next report, be assured that steps have been taken to ensure no error of this kind will occur.”

The numbers have been of interest to members of the school board who are curious whether some charter schools are “kicking out” low-performing students to inflate their test scores and graduation rates.

Keresztes said he is in the process of updating the report, and the new document will include the numbers for students who transferred after the start of the school year.

Below is a corrected chart.

--Tiffany Lankes

Updated Charter School Transfers to BPS

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Denise Jewell Gee

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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 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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