By Rochelle Alleyne
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 01:57 PM EDT
As the immigrant population continues to grow across the state, the so-called “Big Five” school districts, including Buffalo, are contemplating the challenges that population faces within public schools. Time Warner Cable News reporter Rochelle Alleyne has more.
FOR RELEASE: October 28, 2016
Contact: Georgia M. Asciutto
Members of the Conference of Big 5 School Districts, who are currently in Buffalo for the organization’s annual meeting, are issuing recommendations today calling for strengthening programs and services for students who are English Language Learners (ELLs).
The Conference membership includes the school districts of Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and Utica. Collectively, these six school districts represent 41% of New York State’s public school enrollment including 71% of the State’s English Language Learners.
On October 14, 2015 The Conference of Big 5 School Districts and representatives of Member districts presented testimony before the NY State Assembly Standing Committee on Education on the topic of Chronically Struggling Schools and School Receivership.