BUFFALO, N.Y -- Former State Board of Regents Chancellor Robert Bennett confirmed to Channel 2 Tuesday night that the state has approved the plan presented by the Buffalo School District to keep Johns Hopkins as a partner for East and Lafayette high schools and let students there enroll in BOCES programs.
The two troubled high schools made headlines this summer when State Education Commissioner John King issued a mandate to come up with a plan to fix East and Lafayette High Schools.
King rejected the plan several times before the state approved it. He first rejected the plan in May which allowed Johns Hopkins to run the schools, citing among other things, that entire sections of the application were left blank.
School leaders in Buffalo said they were waiting on direction from the state on how to proceed with those.
Also on Tuesday, the state said the transfer plan presented by the Buffalo School District to get students out of failing schools needs more work. Bennett told us the transfer plan is a work in progress which will be constantly under review.