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'Say Yes' analysts highlight problems in Buffalo Public Schools

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The organization funding college for graduating Buffalo Public School students completed an analysis of the district, and it doesn't look good. YNN's Katie Morse tells us about the review done by "Say Yes" and what it means as the district moves forward.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — District officials got an honest look at the Buffalo Public School District's finances and curriculum from outside auditors hired by the Say Yes Program.

The findings show the district leaves a lot to be desired. Analysts say their research found the district isn't meeting the needs of students or educators, and things need to change.

"The purpose of the report was to make sure we know what's wrong in the system in order to fix it. I'm not discouraged at all. This will help Dr. Brown develop the strategic plan that's needed for the school district to move forward," explained Buffalo School Board President Mary Ruth Kapsiak.

Challenges faced by the district include low levels of student engagement, teachers not using expensive classroom technology, and many classrooms with fewer than nine students, partly because of absentee rates.

"We can't just sit back after this report has been done and do nothing. We must move forward. We must create a sense of urgency within our district," said Kapsiak.

The reports are now in the hands of the Say Yes Community Leadership Council, as well as Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown. The school board says the strategic plan on how the district will turn things around is scheduled to be completed by February.

The first class eligible to use the free tuition program provided by Say Yes will graduate this spring.

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