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Examine root causes of why city schools fail

I’m hearing a lot of opinions from School Board members, parents and the media about why Lafayette and East high schools are failing. Are we to believe that these schools have the worst bunch of teachers in the City of Buffalo? I find that hard to believe.

Instead of the media capitalizing on the fact that these are failing schools, maybe they should be zeroing in on the reasons why. There’s one group of people I don’t seem to be hearing from – the teachers themselves. Who better to ask than the ones who are doing the actual teaching? From what I understand, one of the problems at Lafayette is the number of children from many countries who can’t speak and understand English very well. Could that be part of the problem?

What is the attendance record at these schools? If you’re not there, you can’t learn. How much time are the parents participating? Education doesn’t stop at school. How many attend the parent-teacher conferences to keep track of how well their children are doing? How well-behaved are the children when in school? These are some of the questions we should be asking.

Daniel Caputa

Lackawanna