In April 2015, Subpart E of Part EE of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 created a new section of State Education Law (§211-f) pertaining to School Receivership. Based on §211-f, the Department created §100.19 of the Commissioner's Regulations and has designated current Priority Schools that have been in the most severe accountability status since the 2006-07 school year as “Persistently Struggling Schools.”
In addition, the Department will vest the superintendent of a district containing a “Persistently Struggling School” with the powers of an Independent Receiver.
There are currently* 2 Persistently Struggling Schools and 9 Struggling Schools in the Buffalo Public Schools' district (Pages linked below).
*Bennett High School closed as of June 30, 2017.
*East High School and Lafayette High School closed as of June 30, 2018.
*BUILD Academy closed as of June 30, 2018 and reopened as 092 BUILD Community School.
NYSED Press Releases announcing Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools' Demonstrable Improvement Progress are linked below. More information related to Receivership can be found on the NYS Education Department website here: NYSED School Receivership
Click on a name below to view that school's information.
Persistently Struggling Schools
BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL #200 CLOSED-information available through 2016-2017
BUILD ACADEMY #91 CLOSED; reopened as 092 BUILD Community School - information available through 2017-18
EAST HIGH SCHOOL #307 CLOSED-information available through 2017-18
LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL #204 CLOSED-information available through 2017-18
Receivership Collective Bargaining Agreement in Buffalo’s Schools
Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF)
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the imposition of a receivership collective bargaining agreement at five Persistently Struggling schools in the Buffalo City School District. A summary of the Commissioner's Resolutions to the Receivership Proposals submitted by the Superintendent Receiver is attached. The Commissioner’s full decision can be found in the Related Documents section below.
Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators (BCSA)
Dr. Cash, with his team, and members of the BCSA met on numerous occasions and were able to reach agreement within the 30 days required by law. The copy of the agreement is attached below.