New York education commissioner pessimistic on Buffalo’s ability to turn around struggling schools

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

“No, I don’t have confidence,” King said in a meeting with The Buffalo News Editorial Board. “I am optimistic that we can provide good support, but ultimately the district has the responsibility to raise performance.”

He also said the state is seriously considering further intervention in the Buffalo Public Schools if student performance doesn’t improve.

Over the summer, King took the unprecedented step of mandating that the district partner two low-performing high schools, Lafayette and East, with Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services. But months later, King said, he remains troubled.

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