Parents continue call for change in city schools

Jun 3, 2014

Parents with children in Buffalo schools continue to pressure city school administrators.
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With the coming end of the school year, thousands of Buffalo students don't know what school they will be entering in September.

While the district doesn't know who will be running the system, with the impending departure of Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown, students and parents want to know what school they will be in, as schools are closed, shifted, co-located and reorganized.

That's why there were parallel meetings Monday night. One meeting was sponsored by the District Parent Coordinating Council in True Bethel Baptist to look at alternatives to the district's failing schools while the school system had a meeting in Martin Luther King School to talk about the Medical Campus High School planned for the site.

Martin Hill was there with his eighth-grader son to talk about a career in a health-related field.
"I definitely don't want him to do what I do. And, I would like for him to have more mobility once he chooses what he wants to do," Hill said.

"You can be better than what I am. I'm better off than my mother and I want him to be better off than me."

Affongo Hill is currently an MLK student and is interested in a career as a personal trainer, fitting into potential courses at the new school.

School system officials say they want 100 freshmen and 100 sophomores to open the new high school in September, with a multi-million dollar grant from the federal Labor Department to finance starting the new program.