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Buffalo’s Six “Failing Schools” Had Most Students with Special Needs, Language Barriers and Dropout Indicators

Six of Buffalo’s sixteen high schools registered graduation rates lower than forty percent. The six schools with low graduation rates are Bennett, Burgard, East, International Prep, Lafayette and Riversides. The Buffalo News found that these “failing schools” had the highest placement of students with special needs, the most language barriers and the greatest dropout indicators.

According to the Buffalo News all six “failing schools” share common factors:

“They have all seen alarming drops in their graduation rates from 2010 to 2012 while their populations of special education, immigrant and impoverished students have swelled over the same period.

And they don’t have admissions requirements that prevent kids with serious academic problems from walking through their front doors.”

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