Buffalo Parents Protest Closures

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT

A number of Buffalo Schools are on the chopping block and at the Dr. Charles Drew Science Magnet School parents are fighting back.

"For them to close the school it's not fair to parents, it's not fair to the children," parent Michelle Emmanuel said.

More than a half a dozen schools in Buffalo are being considered for closure for various reasons. Some are low performing, others have had decrease enrollment but Buffalo School Board Member Ralph Hernandez said this is one way to deal with the proposed state budget cuts.

"Locally we're looking at a $32 billion dollars if the governors budget stays. The responsible thing to is balance the budget," Hernandez said.

The parents at Drew Science Magnet School or otherwise known as School 59 protested the closure, Monday morning.

Even if this school and the others remain open, they could face the loss of many teachers and administrators.

"We're in the unknown and we hope to work together so we can continue being school 59 in the Drew Family," teacher Amanda Kelchlin said.

Kara Snyder's mom is a teacher at the magnet school. She said the school staff is dedicated to improving education in the heart of the city where it is needed most.

"They are all it for the kids. They love they love what they do and your really need that in Buffalo," Snyder said.

Officials said they should have a decision on the closure of these schools by the end of the week. Then, out of the schools that remain open, they have to decide where to cut teachers.