Future of East and Lafayette High Schools Uncertain

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Members of the Buffalo Board of Education have two choices when it comes to East and Lafayette High Schools.

They can either hand over control of the failing schools to BOCES, under an order by the New York State Education Department.

Or students at the troubled schools could be allowed to take classes at BOCES.

Last year, Lafayette's graduation rate was 21 percent. East High's graduation rate was 27 percent.

Phil Rumore, president of the Buffalo teachers union said the state's demands are not good for students or teachers.

"These teachers have been working for six or eight months with Johns Hopkins, worked really hard to turn this school around and he doesn't take any of that into consideration. The graduation rates are up. He didn't even give them a chance," he said.

The school board held a special meeting at Waterfront School on Thursday night to lay out its plan.

A partnership with Johns Hopkins University is already in place and could include a BOCES component.

A final decision will be made at a special meeting on July 31 after two public hearings at both high schools next week.

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