A Look Inside Buffalo Schools

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM EDT

The cover story in today's Business First focuses on Buffalo schools. When you read what's happening, it's easy to see why the schools are failing. The report says, at Lafayette High School on Buffalo's West Side, students go from class to class, listening to lessons they don't understand. That's because they speak another language. The report says approximately 45 languages are spoken in the school, but last year only two translators worked there.

Many of the students come from refugee families. About 1,500 refugees settle in Buffalo each year, but the report says the academic structure was never changed to accommodate them.

Here's a look at some stats from Lafayette:

More than 60 percent of students, 565 of them, qualify for English as a second language. but there were just 12 ESL teachers last year.

Lafayette has a 22.7 percent graduation rate and is labeled an underperforming school.

Nearly 60 percent of students have limited ability to speak English, compared to 7% at McKinley or 6% at South Park.

You can read more about the issue and other business headlines in today's Business First.

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