Public Input Sought on Fixing Racial Disparities at City Honors

Jay Rey, The Buffalo News, October 6, 2017

The Buffalo school system hasn’t quite figured out how to address the racial disparities at its top-performing school.

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African-American students comprise 48.5 percent of the enrollment in grades 5 through 12 across the district this year, compared to 16.4 percent at City Honors. Likewise, Hispanic students make up 8.5 percent of the enrollment at the school on East North Street, while their proportion of the overall student body in those grades is nearly double that.

Two years of altering the admissions process at City Honors has done nothing to correct the disproportionately low number of black and Hispanic students at the school.

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But before Superintendent Kriner Cash makes any recommendations to the Board of Education, the district wants to get input from the community on this touchy topic.

The public is being invited to sit with district staff at a meeting room table and share ideas. Staff will take notes on any recommendations and share them with the superintendent and board. The district also has asked its new Parent Congress to get recommendations from its members, Keresztes said.

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