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How many parents actually attended Parent Assembly?

At the time, it was hard to tell exactly how many parents showed up in December for Buffalo's first-ever Parent Assembly.

The auditorium at Performing Arts was mostly full the night of Dec. 8, but there were a fair number of administrators, teachers, and interested residents there, in addition to parents.

Officials from the federal, state and local levels lauded the turnout, saying they'd never before seen so many parents gathered within a single district.

The goal, you might recall, was to get a parent from each homeroom in the city. That would have been 1,300 parents, had they all come.

Last night, Sam Radford reported the actual numbers.

Prior to the meeting, parents from 560 homerooms registered to come. Less than half of them -- 209, to be exact -- showed up.

"So that's low out of the available parents," Radford said. "But it's more than we ever had before."

- Mary Pasciak

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