Buffalo Schools Transfer Plan to Leave Students in Failing Schools

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - To say that parents have grown impatient with the Buffalo Board of Education is an understatement.

Parents lashed out at board members during a special session on Monday, when the school district passed a new transfer plan.

The plan must be submitted to the state for approval.

While the district has received 2,200 requests from students to transfer out of failing schools, the plan approved on Monday will only allow 300 to 500 students to transfer.

As for the rest: "Now he's going to wait in line for this formula they set up for the poorest children - worst performing children to get the first slot and go down the priority list. And somewhere down the line these kids might have the chance to move out of a failing school and into a performing school," said school board member Carl Paladino, who along with two other members voted against the plan.

School Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold said she will invite superintendents from suburban school districts to a meeting later this month to discuss the possibility of students transferring out of district.

But that plan, if it moves forward, is months or years away, she said.