The New York State Education department coming down hard on Buffalo school superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown in a three page letter dated on July 10, 2013.
New York State Education Commissioner John King slammed the district in the letter, denying the district's request for school improvement grants for East and Lafayette High Schools and in his words is now taking "unprecedented steps in the state" when it comes to addressing the poor performance of those schools.
According to the letter from King, Buffalo public school administrators have failed repeatedly to carry out intervention plans for the two schools; three times for Lafayette High School and twice for East High School.
Now the district's chances have run out to get any more state money for those schools.
King is now giving Superintendent Brown two choices, either allow students at these low performing schools to enroll in BOCES or allow BOCES to run East High and Lafayette.
King says startling statistics led him to make these drastic decisions.
At Lafayette High School 48 percent of students graduated in 2005 but that number dropped to 23 percent in 2008. During the same time East High School graduation rates went from 59 percent to 28 percent.
Superintendent Pamela Brown says the plan to turn around East and Lafayette high schools went well and claimed the staff worked hard to see that the model was properly implemented.
King has given Brown until August 12th to choose what she wants to do with the schools.