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Woes at Bennett High School

What to do with Bennett High School?

That is the question Buffalo Public School officials have been grappling with for awhile.

My story in today's paper points out some of the issues there and what school district officials are doing to address them.

Bennett is deemed a "priority" school by the State Education Department, meaning students there have failed for years to meet state learning standards. The graduation rate is well below 50 percent. More than 40 percent drop out. And fewer than 60 percent of Bennett seniors pass standardized math and science exams in 2012.

What's happening now seems to be a clash between teachers there and Principal Terry Ross, who was brought in from the outside last year to lead a turnaround at the school.

What's more, during a site visit last October, reviewers from the State Education Department tagged both the leadership and teaching practices at the beleaguered school.

Here's a link to the report: Bennett report. Click here to view a copy of Ross' resume. 

Download Terry ross resume

 

--Deidre Williams

 

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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.

@denisejewellgee | djgee@buffnews.com


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.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


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.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


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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