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Where have all the parents gone?

In December, the District Parent Coordinating Council held Buffalo's first Parent Assembly.

The goal at the time was to bring together one parent from every classroom in the city -- about 1,300 in all.

Parents2Well, the auditorium at Performing Arts got pretty full that night. State and federal education officials who showed up said they had never before seen so many parents gathered in any district before.

It turned out, though, that many of the people in the auditorium that night were not official parent reps. A grand total of 209 parent reps, out of a possible 1,300, showed up to that December meeting.

Since then, the DPCC has held two more Parent Assembly meetings.

The most recent one was in the middle of May.

Sam Radford, the DPCC president, told me that a total of 103 people showed up. Out of that group, only 78 were official parent reps -- slightly more than one-third the number who showed up to the December meeting.

- Mary Pasciak

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