Two struggling schools / A timeline of the Buffalo district’s inability to turn around East and Lafayette high schools
June 2009: 41% graduation rate at Lafayette; 49% at East.
January 2010: State identifies Lafayette as among seven persistently lowest-achieving Buffalo schools, and among the 5% lowest-performing in the state.
June 2010: 36% graduation rate at Lafayette; 44% at East.
Summer 2010: District submits improvement grant application for Lafayette and six other schools, calling for staff development and other moderate changes.
September 2010: State denies Lafayette’s school-improvement grant application, in part because then-Superintendent James A. Williams refuses to move the principal.
December 2010: East added to list of persistently lowest achieving schools in the state.
January 2011: State gives the district a $300,000 grant to develop a school improvement plan for Lafayette.
June 2011: 31% graduation rate at Lafayette; 37 % at East.
July 2011: Buffalo School Board votes not to apply for an improvement grant for East. The district applies for a grant for Lafayette, proposing that SUNY Buffalo State run the school.
August 2011: State denies the plan for Lafayette.
October 2011: State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. threatens to revoke Lafayette’s registration, which would force it to close.
December 2011: District submits plans for East and Lafayette that call for Johns Hopkins University to run the schools.
March 2012: State approves $31,000 in grant money each for Lafayette and East high schools so the district can develop school turnaround plans. The grants are retroactive to September 2011.
May 2012: Commissioner awards $1.8 million for Lafayette and $1.8 million for East, on the condition that the district provides a copy of the contract with Johns Hopkins.
June 2012: 21% graduation rate at Lafayette; 27% at East.
November 2012: King rejects the district’s plan for Johns Hopkins to run the schools because of lack of detail.
January 2013: State lets district use $350,000 to start work with Johns Hopkins on new plan to oversee East and Lafayette.
May 2013: District submits new plan to state.
June 2013: State OKs $30,000 for Lafayette and East to prepare schools for turnaround plans.
July 2013: King rejects the grants for East and Lafayette, saying the district “failed to create the conditions necessary” for Johns Hopkins to take over the schools.
Sources: New York State Education Department and Buffalo ReformED