Can Buffalo Schools Be Fixed?

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Fixing the failing Buffalo Public School system is the focus of a conference going on in Buffalo Friday.

Top leaders connected to the school district are meeting behind closed doors to hash out concerns.

Channel 7's Kendra Eaglin reports that the forum includes people from parent groups, community and business leaders, school district officials, and others.

Those in attendance included Regent Robert Bennett; community activist Samuel Radford; school advocate Crystal Boling Barton; Robert Gioia of the O'Shei Foundation; and Jon Dandes of Rich Products, among others.

The meeting kicked off at 8:30am and will continue through late afternoon.

The "think tank" sessions also involve Mayor Byron Brown, looking to take the lead in determining how to improve the district's low performing schools and skyrocketing high school drop out rate.

Channel 7's Eyewitness News will have the latest on the meetings.

So far, 13 schools are under state review for poor performance.