At a special Buffalo School Board committee meeting tonight that lasted 28 minutes Buffalo News education blogger, Pasciak shared on live blog, Buffalo School Board voted unanimously to approved the plans for the persistently lowest achieving schools. The State Improvement Grant application (SIG), the superintendent of schools James A. Williams is sending out by the deadline date, Monday, May 9th, includes two schools under transformation-Burgard High School and Riverside High School along with seven under the supervision of an Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) and the School Board--BEST School #6, Bilingual Center #33, Futures Academy #37, Drew Science Magnet #59, Waterfront #95, Lafayette, and East High School.
While five Board members voted to allow, the vice-president of the District Parent Coordinating Council, Sam Radford to speak for 10 minutes, three Board members, Louis J. Petrucci, Park District, John B. Licata, at-Large and Florence D. Johnson at-Large voted no to his request to address the committee. Pasciak is working on a live chat for Monday morning at 11am for anyone interested in asking district officials specific questions about the plans.
DPCC boycotting schools on May 16, a half-day of school and they plan to send a letter to state education department to protest the PLA plans the district submitting on Monday, May 9, for not including them in the process when selecting the models according to VP of group Mr. Radford.