State Rejects Buffalo Schools Transfer Plan

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Saying it lacks goals, progress targets, time lines, documentation and strategy, the State Education Department rejected the Buffalo School District's transfer plan on Tuesday.

This is the third time the plan has been sent back.

2,200 students, who attend failing schools and want to get out, will have to wait to be rescued and placed in schools in good standing.

Bob Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus of the State Board of Regents, said Buffalo needs to explore all of its options.

"Including charter schools, out of district schools," he said.

The state wants Buffalo to expand and add capacity to its schools in good standing and move all of the students by the start of school next September.

Buffalo did receive some good news from the state. Its turnaround plans for East and Lafayette High Schools were approved.

Students at both troubled schools now have the option to attend vocational classes at Erie One BOCES.

Johns Hopkins University will operate both facilities.