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Board of Regents reverses decision to close Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 16:04:14-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The doors will stay open at Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School.

The New York State Board of Regents voted Monday to reverse a decision it made a month ago to close the high school in downtown Buffalo.

Following that 9 to 7 vote in May denying a request for renewal, parents rallied to get the board to reconsider.

Monday, in a nearly unanimous decision, the same board approved a five-year renewal.

"It takes a lot to admit you are wrong, and several members of the Board of Regents actually said they regretted taking their vote in May and that they have heard from hundreds of families from Buffalo," community education advocate Duncan Kirkwood said in a statement. "Today's vote showed that 1. In Buffalo, the education of black children matters and 2. When the community stands together we can be stronger than any special interest group."

BuffSci is a tuition-free, college preparatory charter school for students in kindergarten through grade 12.