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Kiarre Harris of Buffalo is making a federal case out of home-schooling her two children.

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Buffalo parents in the District Parent Coordinating Council have filed a petition with the State Department of Education demanding the removal of School Board Member Carl Paladino for what they call "his history of racist, incendiary and destructive behavior," including his most recent published statements about the Obamas.

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An organization recently released a state-wide campaign that says 'standards are working'.  High Achievement New York, known as HANY, works to help schools, teachers, students and parents to make sure learning standards are the best.  But with all the fall-out over Common Core, some school districts, like Buffalo struggle with the high expectations.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with HANY's Executive Director Stephen Sigmund and President of the District Parent Coordinating Council in Buffalo Sam Radford.   

With Buffalo schools opening for another year, the issues of academic achievement will again surface. This is a system where only a quarter of Black males graduate, in a student body which is around three-quarters minority and immigrant.


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After Buffalo's Board of Education largely ignored an expert's recommendations on correcting the District's Civil Rights violations - some parents are seeking federal help.

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The role of parents in the Buffalo school system was on the table again last night. The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization told the board parents shouldn't be punished for opting-out of tests for their children.


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If the city is to have a Green Code to control future development, the Community Action Organization is arguing there should be an Energy Code to make sure current housing is energy-efficient.


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The Buffalo Public School District's latest plan to deal with discrimination in city schools is discouraging, according to Samuel Radford, the head of the District Parent Coordinating Council. 

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The leader of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) met with the top candidate for the Buffalo schools superintendent post. Sam Radford, President of the DPCC, already spoke with Dr. Kriner Cash, former Memphis City Schools Superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Radford about his expectations for new leadership and how receivership is creating new concerns for a civil rights recommendation for the city's criteria-based schools. 

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The Buffalo Public School District may get $36 million being held by Albany in a dispute over how much parent participation is going on in the school system.


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Twenty-five Buffalo Public Schools are now under 'receivership,' meaning they are in the hands of the city schools superintendent. Members of Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council believe receivership could finally turn around struggling schools.

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A backroom meeting during the Buffalo school board session Wednesday night may have cleared the way for Albany to ship in $36 million already anticipated in the budget. The money has been delayed as part of a long-running fight over parental involvement in district decisions.


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The Buffalo Public School District and the District Parent Coordinating Council agree that student suspensions remain a problem in city schools.


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The Buffalo school system's largest parents group says the proposed budget fails. During a meeting in Makowski School, the District Parent Coordinating Council voted "no confidence" regarding the budget slated to be approved a week from today.

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Some Buffalo School parents are calling for a federal receiver takeover of city schools.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says parents claim the district has failed to address several issues for students.

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University District Common Council member Rasheed Wyatt told a Buffalo Common Council committee he still wants a daytime curfew for young people in the city when they should be in school. During a public hearing Monday Wyatt said details still need to be worked out.

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A student representative currently occupies a spot on the Buffalo School Board. The District Parent Coordinating Council seeks a similar non-voting role for a parent.

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With Kwanzaa approaching its 50th anniversary, the cultural event filled New Covenant Church Sunday night for its third night celebrating Ujima, Collective Work and & Responsibility.

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A delegation from Say Yes to Education that included Buffalo's Parent District Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford, are meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday as part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

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A Buffalo school principal under fire for suspending a 5-year old who walked out of school has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Many questions surround how a five year old special education student in Buffalo was able to leave his school building unnoticed.

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A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School.

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The Buffalo School Board has some new leadership but most of the old problems.

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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.

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The FBI is now involved in one of the long-running disputes in the Buffalo school district, the tangled case of a parent accused of forging her own signature.

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Buffalo school parents faced off yesterday with school board members. The session was lengthy, frequently loud, and  left many issues unsettled.

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Faced with a potential sit-in at the board room, the Buffalo School Board last night agreed to a direct meeting next Wednesday with the District Parent Coordinating Council.

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With so many failing schools in the city of Buffalo, the District Parent Coordinating Council is pushing for 10,000 students to file for transfers.

Community groups joined with Buffalo Public Schools officials and elected leaders Friday to back Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for universal pre-kindergarten in New York.

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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.


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