Federal Judge Orders Buffalo School District To Release Admission Test Scores Of City Honors And Hutch Tech Students

Thousands Of Racial Discrimination Complaints Also Ordered Released. District Moves To Stop Disclosures Claiming District Will Be Traumatized.

Buffalo, New York—Federal Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy has ordered the Buffalo Public Schools District to release test scores of students seeking admission to Buffalo’s City Honors and Hutch-Technical High Schools.

The court also ordered the district to release thousands of race, gender and age complaints filed against the District over the past six years. The District has filed a motion in federal court to stop the disclosures, claiming that the District will be traumatized and stifled if forced to release these records. The District is a co-defendant is a racial discrimination case filed by Shellonnee B. Chinn, a former Elmwood Franklin School teacher.

The District is accused of negligently, intentionally or corruptly conspiring with officials from the Elmwood Franklin School to deny Ms. Chinn equal and fair use of federal staff development funds. Ms. Chinn seeks the academic record to bolster her argument that she was an effective teacher and that her students were high achievers at all the Buffalo high schools, including private and parochial schools.

She seeks access to discrimination complaints filed against the District to show pattern and practice of racially discriminatory policies within the District. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy has set arguments for the District’s effort to stop the disclosures for August 27, 2018 at 11am at the federal courthouse downtown Buffalo.