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Deadline arrives for requesting transfers in Buffalo Public Schools

Tuesday is the last day that Buffalo Public Schools families can make transfer requests to have students moved from failing schools to good ones.

Of the district’s 57 schools, 12 are deemed in “good standing” by the New York State Education Department.

However, only nine of the 12 are listed as transfer options: Hillery Park Elementary, International School, Discovery School, Lorraine Elementary, School 81, Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center 99, Leonardo da Vinci High School, Emerson School of Hospitality and Hutchinson-Central Technical High School.

City Honors and Olmsted 64 and 156, three of the district’s most sought-after schools, are not on the list even though they are among schools singled out last year by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights because of “statistically significant” differences between acceptance rates for black and white students. The district said it received state permission to omit them as options because each of the three has a waiting list for every grade and no seats are available.

To request a transfer to any of the nine available schools, go to buffaloschools.org and click on “Public School Choice NCLB TRANSFER.” Transfers must be requested electronically; no paper applications are being made available.

Any parent needing assistance filling out the online application or who does not have Internet access can go to the district’s Central Registration Center at 33 Ash St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday to do it in person.

For parents who are not computer-savvy or have trouble reading English, staff members at the center will help them complete the application. Spanish translation services are available, and the district also utilizes LanguageLine, which provides real-time translation over the telephone when parents who speak another language contact the district.

The Community Action Organization of Erie County’s Better Schools/Better Neighborhoods program also will offer assistance from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Tuesday at the CAO’s Alphonso “Rafi” Greene Jr. Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Ave. If parents are homebound and need assistance or have questions, they can call 332-3773.

email: dswilliams@buffnews.com