State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., during a meeting with The Buffalo News Editorial Board, expressed his lack of confidence in Buffalo school officials’ ability to turn around struggling schools. After the meeting, King talked with News Staff Reporter Sandra Tan. Pictured from left to right are Tan, State Education Department spokesman Tom Dunn, King, and Regent Robert M. Bennett.

State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said today that he still lacks confidence the Buffalo school district is capable of turning around it’s struggling schools.

What’s more, King said he may take more direct action to intervene if schools do not improve.

His comments came during an editorial board meeting at The Buffalo News.

Over the summer, King took the unprecedented step of mandating the district partner two low-performing high schools, Lafayette and East, with Erie 1 BOCES.

But King said he remains troubled.

“We are very concerned about Lafayette and East and the progress of the partnership with John’s Hopkins,” he said. “I’m particularly concerned about whether there’s enough support for the needs of English language learners at Lafayette.”

Will King do more to intervene if sufficient progress is not made?

“The short answer is yes,” he said.


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