March 11, 2014 - 11:00 PM
Buffalo school district leaders have been aware for some time that Martin Luther King School and Bennett High School have been in the cross hairs of the State Education Department because of poor academic performance and negative findings by members of a state review team that visited the schools in October.
The district requested proposals to "relaunch" these schools in the fall, but all proposals were rejected by school faculty, resulting in the latest state intervention. As a result, as noted in today's story, the state is now requiring that these schools either be closed or that new schools be phased in.
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By Joseph Popiolkowski
The Ken-Ton School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the community room of the Philip Sheridan building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. A public hearing on expansion plans by the Charter School for Applied Technologies to increase its maximum enrollment from 1,675 to 2,365 and add a school building will begin the meeting.
Read our Feb. 7 story "Charter School for Applied Technologies wants to expand" and the notice of proposed charter revision.
All but four school districts in Erie and Niagara counties have seen enrollment drop since 1994-95. Find out how enrollment in your school district changed between 1994-95 and 2012-13.
A story in Sunday's edition detailed how enrollment changes are shaping the decisions schools are making about the future. Read the story here.
The information includes total enrollment figures for each school district for kindergarten through 12th grade, but does not include pre-kindergarten or charter schools.
Source: New York State Department of Education. Access the data here.
This week's Buffalo school board meeting will be for the educational support and student achievement committees.
The meetings come a week after Superintendent Pamela C. Brown's appointment of Mary E. Guinn as her deputy superintendent. If Guinn makes an appearance, it could lend to some interesting exchanges among school board members, who were divided on whether to approve her appointment.
The meetings start at 5 p.m. and we will be covering them live here.
As noted in today's story, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown is announcing today that 66 percent of the graduating Class of 2013 enrolled in college this past fall, the highest percentage of students attending college in at least seven years.
Below is a version of her presentation, which is being shared with the Say Yes Buffalo Community Leadership Council this morning. Note that the four-year graduation rate shown in the first chart represents the preliminary graduation rate for August 2013. The on-time (June) preliminary graduation rate is 54 percent.
(Check back here later for a live blog of tonight's School Board committee meetings starting at 5:30 pm.)
-- Sandra Tan
2013 BPS College Enrollment Data