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A conference on the crisis facing Buffalo youth will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, 106 Appenheimer St.

Topics will range from city students' low passing rates on statewide tests to the relatively high dropout rates among African-American students.

The conference is sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Council on Education and will feature an overview of the council's goals and timetable by former Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve and L. Nathan Hare, executive director of the Community Action Organization.

Other scheduled speakers include the Rev. Paul Thompson, retired pastor of New Hope Baptist Church; the Rev. Tommy McClam, Elim Christian Fellowship youth pastor, who will talk about the faith community's role in educating children; speech pathologist Robert Baskerville; and Henry L. Taylor, director of the University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies.

The conference is free, and light refreshments will be served. For information, call 881-5150, Ext. 4401, or 832-5880.

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