State Rejects Plans for East and Lafayette High Schools

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Back to the drawing board for the Buffalo Public School District.

The State Education Department has rejected the district's turnaround plans for East and Lafayette High Schools.

In a letter from State Education Commissioner John King to the Buffalo Board of Education, King said, "BPS must resubmit the revised SURR plans and the revised signed contract and MOU to me no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 23, 2013."

If the plans are not revised and received by that time, King said he will recommend that East and Lafayette be shut down.

"I will consider requiring BPS to enroll all East and Lafayette students in schools in Good Standing, and/or recommending to the Board of Regents that the registration of these schools be revoked," King said.

King has invited school officials to Albany to have on-site guidance in preparing the plans.

Dr. Pamela Brown, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools released a statement.

"Members of my staff will make themselves available to complete all plan applications to fulfill the requirements of the State Education Department," she said.

"I just hope they take him up on his offer," said State Regents Chancellor Emeritus Bob Bennett. "Leave immediately for Albany and they stay there until it's done."