BPS Students Worried About Changes

August 30, 2011 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 30, 2011 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) It has been a very confusing and controversial summer for the Buffalo Public Schools.

Debate over the future of school Superintendent Dr. James Williams, coupled with teacher layoffs, is creating a lot of stress for parents, teachers, and students.

Students who take advanced courses worry that properly certified instructors will not be in the classroom when school opens after Labor Day.

At Buffalo's City Honors School, several International Baccalaureate certified teachers were given layoff notices at the beginning of August.

"With all these teachers gone, how am I going to get my degree?" questions senior International Baccalaureate student Marrisa Komanski.

On Monday, the Buffalo Board of Education voted to use Federal grant money and contingency funds to restore dozens of laid-off teachers and aides.

It is still unclear how many teachers will return and what schools they will be assigned to