Which Students Will Be Able To Transfer Out of Failing Schools?

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM EDT

By HILARY LANE

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August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- In the 2013-2014 schools year, only 300 to 500 students out of more than two thousand will be granted a transfer out of their failing school. So how does the district decide who gets to leave first?

"Students are ranked according to greatest need," said Dr. William Keresztes, Chief of Student Support, Buffalo Public Schools. "Greatest need is determined by various type of data like standardized tests. Students with the greatest need will be provided with offers to other schools first."

Under the law, all students who want to transfer out of failing schools should be able to.

However,school officials say there just isn't enough room in the 12 schools that are currently in good standing with the state.

According to a plan the Buffalo School Board approved Monday:

In the 2014-2015 school year, an estimated 2,000 transfer requests will come in and between 900-1,250 will be granted.

In the 2015-2016 school year, 1,200-1,750 students will have their transfer requests granted out of the estimated 2,000 requests.

This plan is still pending approval from the New York State Education Commissioner.