BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York state Education Commissioner John King says two failing Buffalo high schools are at risk of losing their registration and he's ordering the district to make other arrangements for their students.

King has given Buffalo until Aug. 12 to come up with a plan for East High School and Lafayette High School, where only about a quarter of students receive diplomas.

In a letter to Superintendent Pamela Brown this week, King said the district must make arrangements to offer the students an education through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES (BOH'-seez), which normally serves only suburban districts. He says the move is unprecedented in the state.

In a statement Thursday, Brown says she thinks the district's ongoing efforts to turn the schools around have set the stage for success.