In Buffalo we are finally seeing sustained improvements in our education system. Our graduation rate is up to 65%, our reading and math proficiency numbers have doubled from just three years ago. Dr. Cash and the board have us moving in the right direction, but there is a long way to go. A 65% graduation rate means that more than 1/3 of Buffalo students are NOT graduating on time.
What is the plan for those students?
With the Say Yes initiative, we can promise that our students have the chance to go to college without paying anything out of pocket no matter their income. But this incredible opportunity is lost when a child drops out of high school. A host of community leaders have come together to bring a school from California called Learn 4 Life that focuses on recruiting students who have dropped out of high school or who are over age and under credit. This school currently serves over 40,000 students and also has locations in Flint, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio.
With a self paced, block instruction style of program this school will be a great benefit to students who have a learning style that for whatever reason didn’t work in a traditional school setting.
There is a community meeting on Saturday, Nov 16 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 1423 Fillmore (the Masten Resource Center). Please come and bring your questions and ideas for how we want this school to operate in our community!