Opponents of the decision earlier this month by the state Board of Regents to close Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School will be banding together on a call at 2 p.m. Monday, urging that the decision be reversed.
The school has a 94% graduation rate, and was expecting to receive a five-year renewal and add third and fourth grades. The nearly 700 students are 65% black, 86% minority and 87% are economically disadvantaged.
Advocates say the Buffalo Academy of Science is the highest performing charter school in the state outside New York City and should remain open. Regents members expressed concern about diverting funds from Buffalo Public Schools during a pandemic.
"This decision by the Board of Regents is going to hurt hundreds of children from low-income families," said Duncan Kirkwood, an education advocate. "I pray they will reverse their decision and put the children over any politics involved."