Some Parents Reject BOCES Plan for Buffalo High School

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) At the first of two public hearings this week to discuss the futures of two failing Buffalo high schools, parents aimed their frustrations straight at the state's education commissioner.

The state is ordering the Buffalo Public School District to partner with Erie One BOCES to improve grades and graduation rates at East High School and Lafayette High School.

Students will either take classes at BOCES or BOCES will completely take over the schools.

"These are the classes that are considered high demand, high quality. Ones in which the students have the greatest opportunity to get the necessary certification -- and have immediate employability," said Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown.

But some taxpayers and parents see that as the easy way out.

One man, who addressed the board, said: "You cannot apply for college. You should not apply for college. You should not aspire to be a doctor or a lawyer. Instead you should be a cosmetologist or a janitor or an auto repair person."

The district must present a plan to Albany by Aug. 12.