Could BPS Students Transfer to Catholic Schools?

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

The first Buffalo public school board meeting of the new year was Wednesday, January 15th and the district is still dealing with many of the same problems.

One topic garnering a lot of attention is if students in failing Buffalo public schools could be transferred to catholic schools.

President of the Parent District Coordinating Council, Sam Radford says the answer is yes.

The district doesn't have enough public schools in good standing to accommodate the approximately 1500 students who applied to transfer out of their failing schools.

But Radford says the district must now come up with creative ways to get students up to speed so that they can graduate and take advantage of the opportunity through the Say Yes to Education offering free college tuition to all students who graduate.

If students were allowed to transfer to public schools many wonder how their tuition would be paid.

Board of Education President Dr. Barbara Nevergold answered that question,

"Public funds can't be used to pay tuition for private schools so we could not pay the tuition to the private schools for the children. What it means is that there would have to be funding options found in other ways and I believe that there are some community groups who are working on those options," said Nevergold.