Feb. 27--Students seeking transfers out of failing Buffalo public schools will receive up to $1,500 per year in tuition aid to attend area private elementary schools, under a new scholarship plan announced this morning.
Families will be required to contribute a minimum of $500 per year toward tuition at the private schools as part of the Children First Scholarship, which is being funded in part by the John R. Oishei Foundation, the area's largest private foundation.
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and three other local foundations have made matching grants for the effort.
The program will be overseen by the Bison Children's Scholarship Fund.
Diocesan school officials were banking on the new scholarship program to help fill empty desks at Catholic elementary schools in Buffalo.
The scholarship program applies specifically to Buffalo public school families whose requests to transfer their children out of low-performing elementary schools could not be accommodate by the school district -- and estimated 2,200 students.
The Buffalo Public School District was expected today to mail letters to families about the scholarship program.
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