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The teachers who wanted to leave their schools

Every year, hundreds of teachers in the Buffalo Public Schools exercise the option of requesting a transfer to another school. Last year, about one-third of them actually ended up transferring.

For the current school year, 587 teachers -- about one in six -- asked to be moved to another school.

This year, though, Superintendent James A. Williams decided not to grant any of the transfers. He said this summer: "I think, in fairness to the children, we need to stabilize the district. It doesn't make sense to keep moving people around."

The teachers union, of course, disagrees. President Phil Rumore said: "So you leave somebody at the school who doesn't want to be at the school -- and that's going to have a more stabilizing effect?"

Well, either way you want to look at it, here's the list of teacher transfer requests, by school. (This information just recently became available through the district.) Because the number of teachers is different at each school, it seemed to make more sense to present this information as a percentage of the teachers at each school who asked for a transfer, rather than giving the raw numbers.

Teachers can -- and do -- request a transfer for any number of reasons. Some want a school that starts earlier or later in the morning. Some want a school closer to their home. Some simply want a change. Some are fed up with the environment in their school.

Keep in mind, these requests were made last spring.

Here they are:

School # School name Percent of teachers requesting transfers
3 D'Youville Porter Campus 9%
6 Buffalo Elementary School of Tech. 27%
17 Early Childhood Center #17 25%
18 Dr. Antonia Pantoja School  16%
19 Native American Magnet School 9%
27 Hillery Park Elementary 20%
30 Frank A. Sedita Elementary School 20%
31 Harriet Ross Tubman School 16%
32 Bennett Park Montessori 11%
33 Bilingual Center School 33 29%
37 Futures Academy 32%
39 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  19%
43 Lovejoy Discovery School 24%
45 International School 45 37%
46 Adult Learning Center 1%
53 Community School 53 23%
54 Dr. George Blackman School 19%
59 Dr. Charles R. Drew Magnet School 47%
61 Early Childhood Center #61 21%
64 Frederick Law Olmsted School 64 3%
65 Roosevelt Early Childhood Center 17%
66 North Park Middle Academy 32%
67 Discovery School 28%
69 Houghton Academy 6%
72 Lorraine Elementary School 6%
74 Hamlin Park 25%
76 Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy 7%
79 Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School 19%
80 Highgate Heights 33%
81 School 81 8%
82 Early Childhood Center #82 2%
84 Erie County Health Care Ctr. for Children 6%
89 Dr. Lydia T. Wright School 11%
91 BUILD Academy 16%
93 Southside Elementary 5%
94 West Hertel Academy 14%
95 Waterfront Elementary School 18%
96 Campus West 15%
97 Harvey Austin School 13%
99 Stanley M. Makowski ECC 29%
131 Academy Program 3%
156 Frederick Law Olmsted (upper grades) 3%
192 Performing Arts 12%
195 City Honors School 8%
197 Math, Science and Technology Prep 23%
198 International Prep at Grover 31%
200 Bennett High School 16%
204 Lafayette High School 27%
205 Riverside Institute of Technology 19%
206 South Park High School 20%
212 Leonardo da Vinci High School 3%
301 Burgard High School 30%
302 Emerson School of Hospitality 4%
304 Hutch Tech 6%
305 McKinley High School 4%
307 East High School 19%

 

- Mary Pasciak

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