District Parent Coordinating Council

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The Buffalo school board is expanding an alliance of parent groups which represent parents and kids to the school system.


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All nine Buffalo School Board seats are on the voting machine this year, but when will voters cast their ballots? The election is scheduled for May 7, but a local coalition is pushing for a change.

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A push is underway to move Buffalo School Board elections from May to a later date.


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A fight between a McKinley High School teacher and a student has put the teacher out on Workers Compensation and the student facing felony charges.A

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Parent Facilitators, who recently learned they're out of a job with the Buffalo Public Schools, are calling for the program's restoration. Advocates say the facilitators played an important role in city schools.

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Among the petitions decided Friday by the New York State Education Commissioner was a request from the District Parent Coordinating Council to remove Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash and all School Board members. The Commissioner denied the request on "procedural grounds," but the DPCC is not expected to re-submit its petition.

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A Buffalo woman arrested for failing to send her children to school appeared at a news conference Friday. The woman is accusing the city school district of failing to provide proper notification that her children were being homeschooled. 


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The District Parent Coordinating Council says it want the State Education Commissioner to put the entire city school district under receivership.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization has issued this request as it submitted their petition to remove school board member Carl Paladino. 

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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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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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There may have been more school district administrators and support staff agency workers than parents in Bennett High School Monday for a parent orientation.


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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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Leaders from state, education, and the healthcare industry announced the addition of $1.3 million to funding for the Buffalo Public Schools’ health related programs, Thursday morning.

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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.

Parents group demands federal takeover of city schools

Mar 19, 2015
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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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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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The Buffalo Board of Education is still waiting for a fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says as the board awaits the information, there is a call for changes in a new teacher contract that would focus more on students. 

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When a five-year-old special education student at School 82 put on his coat and backpack and left school, no one noticed until he was found wandering by a police officer. Officials are moving to prevent such situations from occurring again.

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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 Public School District has agreed to work toward resolving the admission requirements for criteria based-schools.  The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued a resolution after three parents filed a complaint. 

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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.

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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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