Plans prepared for failing Buffalo schools
Four Buffalo Public schools face a hard goal, delivering plans for a new program for failing schools which Albany wants to close.
The four-buildings are out of time schools. That means every program and money source from the State Education Department has been tried and test scores are still dismal. That leads to a close and re-start for Martin Luther King, East High Schol, Bennett High School and Lafayette.
The deadline for submission of new plans is 2 p.m. Friday.
The District's plan will then go to local evaluators, the school board and Albany.
Sixth Grade teacher Beth Ann Fullagar says the plan teachers and administrators have put together for MLK calls for 50 percent of the students from the neighborhood.
"We wanted to work with our same or similar population. I think that everyone's ready for a change. Don't you? I think they would be excited and I don't think that it's at all an impossibility, in fact I think that it's a reality," Fullagar said. "I think the students would embrace this. I believe that the parents would embrace this. And, I know that the community is behind us."
The plan explained during a public meeting in the school Thursday night is project-based learning from pre-K to Eighth grade. That means four-different study areas with the kids trying to figure out how to solve a problem they choose, with the solutions becoming more complex by grade.