ALL of our children deserve to be educated at a school that is not “failing.”
There are as many as 26,000 of the 32,000 students in the Buffalo Public school System who are trapped in failing schools.
The “No Child Left Behind Act” in Title 34, Subtitle B, Chapter II, Part 200, Subpart A of the federal education law provides that every student enrolled in a FAILING school, who wishes to transfer to a non-failing school, must have that opportunity.
There is little to no capacity in the few well-performing schools. Our children need to be placed in well-performing schools NOW.
Dear Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent:
Title 34, Subtitle B, Chapter II, Part 200, Subpart A of the federal education law assures every student enrolled in a Title I school identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring who wishes to transfer to another school must have that opportunity. The Public School Choice/Complaint Policy states that there are twenty- six schools identified as Title I Schools in Improvement, Schools in Corrective Action, and/or Schools in Restructuring. As many as 26,000 Buffalo students would have to transfer to the remaining 22 schools that are not in need of correction in order to provide every Buffalo Public School student the education opportunity each deserves. It would be logistically impossible for such a large transfer to occur immediately. Since the law requires that students be able to receive an education at a school that is not failing, we the undersigned residents of Buffalo petition you to close every failing Buffalo Public School at the end of the current school year (June 30, 2013), and re-start those schools as Buffalo Public School District Charter schools. This would enable the new schools to keep teachers, administrators and support staff who have been proven effective, and to hire new personnel for those positions that may then be unfilled, and to adopt policies, programs and procedures that provide a better footing to improve and assure student academic success.