Thu October 31, 2013
Parent group calls for investigation of Buffalo schools
The District Parent Coordinating Council has become a powerful force within the school system because of laws requiring parent participation. Now, frustrated by a lack of progress, the group wants federal and state authorities to investigate Buffalo schools.
In recent years, the group has forced money to be spent on parent facilitators in the school buildings. There have been fights on a variety of issues like not enough spaces in good schools so kids can transfer out of bad schools.
Now, DPCC President Sam Radford wants serious probes.
"We've been patiently working with the local school board. We've been patiently working with three superintendents in the past four years. We've been patiently working with the change of school board members," Radford told reporters.
"At this point, most of you know if you have a child in the education system you have one maybe two years where a child can, you know, afford to have a bad teacher or get behind. But, once you get one or two years behind it's almost impossible to catch that child up."
Radford said there are also criminal issues in what he claims are forgeries of parent signatures on documents which show parent involvement in school planning.Radford provided copies of the signature on documents and what he says is a certified signature of one parent and they appear very different.