Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Friday, July 1, 2011

Buffalo Board of Education meeting today to vote on EPO proposals for low performing schools

Buffalo Board of Education  votes today on the  educational partnership organizations plans to turnaround failing schools. Although 12 groups submitted proposals  it's considering only three.
The panel consisting of community stakeholders and union officials sent to the board with reservations the proposals for Drew Science Magnet #59, Bilingual Center #33 and Lafayette High School.
Interestingly all of the EPO proposals the advisory panel selected came from local groups such as First Hand Learning. Samuel Alessi a former assistant superintendent of curriculum in the BPS serves on the board and the group has been involved in curriculum projects with the district in the past, as well as, on a large curriculum project in  a Sonoma County  school district in California,  involving Hispanic children and science. The others include the Buffalo Museum of Science and Buffalo State College whose statements  on the proposal  irked a few members of the panel and the district.
What makes this all interesting is that  New York is using educational partnerships organizations as models to collaborate with outside groups to operate failing schools classified as persistently lowest performing ones.
 So this EPO initiative in Buffalo Schools possibly is setting a model for other cities to follow in the state and the nation.

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
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