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Deadline extended for Buffalo School District to address alleged criterion school discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has extended the deadline for the Buffalo Public Schools to resubmit its plan to address a complaint alleging discrimination at its criterion schools.

The district now has until Sept. 25 to submit a new plan.

School leaders requested the extension after learning earlier this month that the office rejected its original proposal, saying that it did not adequately address some of the recommendations in a report by civil rights expert Gary Orfield.

Meanwhile, the district plans to go forward with admissions testing for City Honors School, even though some believe that violates the office’s direction to suspend its admissions process until the complaint is resolved. Testing is scheduled for October at City Honors.