Students Speak Out on Pinnacle Closing

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Parents like Zakea Williams were informed sunday that Pinnacle Charter School would close its doors to students and staff for this school year.

The decision was made by the State Education Department who said a decline in test scores back in 2011 and 2012 prompted the decision.

With less than a week before school starts, with uniforms and supplies purchased, parents are waiting for the state to develop a plan to transfer the more than 550 pinnacle students into buffalo public schools which are struggling to manage their own student placement.

Williams says since Sunday, she's tried to resister her boys elsewhere but hasn't had any luck.

Her sons and nephew say the education at Pinnacle was better than anywhere else.

The boys said at public schools they would get into fights and struggle with grades.

They also are upset that the activities that Pinnacle offered like music and basketball will hinder their progress.