Parent group wants state to impose school transfer plan in New York

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A parent group is calling on state education officials to appoint a special master to develop and implement a plan to find seats in good schools for all Buffalo Public Schools students who want to be transferred out of failing schools.

The District Parent Coordinating Council, citing prior state directives and the district’s inability to find seats for the 2,100 students who already requested transfers, now wants the state to impose a transfer plan. In a written statement, the group notes that absent state intervention, “over 3,000 children will be forced to go to a failing school against their will in Sept. 2014.”

The district’s official parent group also warns that “absent immediate and meaningful intervention by NYS Education officials, parents will have little choice but to explore seeking intervention by the federal courts.”

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