In January 2010, the Council on Great City School issued, Raising the Academic Achievement of English Language Learners followed by the Organizational Study of the Buffalo Public Schools, MGT Report, July 2010, and most recently a national research specialist on School Attendance, Hedy Change from California provided Attendance Statistics from the Buffalo Schools to figure out why kids are not coming to school.
Gee-whiz, School officials laid-off Attendance Teachers in September 2005, a major reason for the decline in student attendance from 2005 to 2010. District officials simply need to stop balking at reinstating the attendance teachers because they don't want to give the teachers back wages for wrongfully abolishing their positions in 2005.
While forty-four teachers laid-off this year in September the district threatening to lay-off more due to budgetary problems yet there is money to contract outside groups and pay consultants to compile studies that seem to sit on shelves longer than on the desks of policy makers to implement any changes recommended.
There ought to be some accountability here committees appointed to review and implement the changes especially if it saves the district funds, putting money into the classrooms and saving the jobs of teachers in high need areas such as math and science, as well as, reinstating the attendance teachers.