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%|
|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%|
|72||Lorraine Elementary School||6%|
|76||Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy||7%|
|79||Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School||19%|
|82||Early Childhood Center #82||2%|
|84||Erie County Health Care Ctr. for Children||6%|
|89||Dr. Lydia T. Wright School||11%|
|94||West Hertel Academy||14%|
|95||Waterfront Elementary School||18%|
|97||Harvey Austin School||13%|
|99||Stanley M. Makowski ECC||29%|
|156||Frederick Law Olmsted (upper grades)||3%|
|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%|
|305||McKinley High School||4%|
|307||East High School||19%|
- Mary Pasciak