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Buffalo school district's response to Office of Civil Rights

As noted in today's story, the Buffalo Public Schools has taken a second crack at addressing an Office of Civil Rights complaint, in which the district was found to have used discriminatory admissions practices for its top schools, which require students to meet certain criteria for acceptance.

Civil Rights expert Gary Orfield was hired by the district to recommend changes to increase seating in criteria-based schools and provide equal access to the district's African-American students.

Here's his original report, shared with the district back in May: Civil Rights Project report

The district sent a response to the Office of Civil Rights that attempted to modify or reject most of Orfield's original recommendations. That response was rejected by the civil rights office a month ago. The district then sent a second revised response to the civil rights office on Friday.

As today's story notes, the second revised response has been heavily criticized by members of the District Parent Coordinating Council, as being insufficient to addressing the nature of the problem or the recommendations made by Orfield and the Civil Rights Project of UCLA.

Superintendent Kriner Cash said the plan is a work in progress and that it will continue to be refined as the district meets with stakeholders and builds the staff needed to make the recommendations a reality.

Here is the district's second revised response submitted to the Office of Civil Rights: OCR response 2

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