How to Fix Buffalo’s Schools is an occasional series highlighting urban schools across the country that have made outsized progress on some of the seemingly intractable problems plaguing inner-city schools.
The successful schools were selected through statistical analysis of data on academic performance and demographics. The schools chosen are some of the best examples of successfully educating students with backgrounds similar to those in the Buffalo Public Schools.
Through the next few months, News reporters will take readers inside urban schools that succeed.
Read Editor Mike Connelly's introduction to the series here.
Published Aug. 16:
- "Newark's jobs training is a model for Buffalo schools": In Essex County, N.J., vocational high schools, students enroll in programs that link career skills with core subjects. The result is a 96 percent graduation rate.
- Why vocational schools in Newark, N.J., were picked: The Essex County Vocational Technical Schools were highlighted because they have a similar demographic to the Buffalo Public Schools, yet consistently post some of the highest graduation rates in New Jersey.
- Photo gallery: Newark's urban schools take career skills path
Published July 14:
- "Could a new vision help Lafayette High School's immigrant students succeed?": Sandra Tan notes better teacher training and strategic programming for non-English speakers could turn things around.
Published July 12:
- "Brooklyn's Prospect Heights offers a model for teaching immigrants": Can you fill a high school with immigrants and get a majority to graduate on time? At the International School at Prospect Heights, the answer is yes.
- Meet Manuel Garcia, another student from Prospect Heights. Sandra Tan talks to one of the many students at the Brooklyn school who has faced adversity, yet remains devoted to getting an education.
- Why we chose the International High School at Prospect Heights. Read about the analysis that went into featuring this school for the series.
- Audio: Sandra Tan on Brooklyn school's model for teaching English language learners. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with News Education reporter Sandra Tan about her research for the Prospect Heights story.
- Photo gallery: Prospect Heights, a model for teaching immigrants
Published June 21:
- "How Bronx’s Eagle Academy helps inner-city kids soar": Eagle Academy in the Bronx combines rigorous academics, high expectations and a structured environment to help minority students succeed.
- "Eagle Academy inspires Buffalo’s chapter of 100 Black Men": James E. Payne and other leaders with the local chapter of 100 Black Men of America have seen the success of Eagle Academy in New York City. Now, they want to emulate that success for students here.
- Photo gallery: A day in the Bronx's Eagle Academy