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Sept. 2: Buffalo school district must hire a consultant with expertise in addressing the under-representation of minority students in criteria-based schools.

Dec. 31: The district must complete its review and assessment of the admissions and enrollment data for eight of the district’s criteria-based schools: Olmsted 64, Olmsted 156, Visual and Performing Arts, City Honors, Leonardo da Vinci, Emerson School of Hospitality, Hutch-Tech and Middle Early College. The review must include barriers to student applications and enrollment.

Jan. 30, 2015: The district must review the consultant’s final report and recommendations on how the district can create more equal access and opportunity in criteria-based schools. The district must also submit a copy of the consultant’s report to the Office of Civil Rights.

Feb. 27: The district must create an action plan based on the consultant’s recommendations. If the district rejects or modifies any recommendations, the district will be required to justify its actions to the Office of Civil Rights.

March 20: The district must submit its revised or expanded eligibility and selection criteria to the Office of Civil Rights. The changes would be effective for the 2015-16 school year.

June 2015, 2016 and 2017: The district must provide the Office of Civil Rights the application and admissions numbers of students, broken down by race and national origin, to each of the criteria-based schools cited in the original complaint.

July 2015, 2016 and 2017: The district must provide evidence that it has evaluated the effectiveness of its revised school admissions practices, based on the latest admissions data, and show how it plans to revise its action plan and related policies based on its evaluation.

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