Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

State wants evidence of parental involvement in district plans

Below is the letter from the State Education Department to Buffalo Superintendent Pamela Brown asking for proof that the district involved parents in its federal grant application and in its District Comprehensive Improvement Plan, as required by law.

District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Radford has managed to gain a surprising amount of leverage over Buffalo school district leaders through his in-depth understanding of parent rights under state education law. It has yet to be seen whether, in this case, the State Education Department will find fault with the Buffalo school district.

On Sunday, Radford said the ongoing power struggles between the DPCC and the district are a needless waste of energy. The district should welcome parents as participants and stakeholders in the planning process, but hasn't, he said.

"Instead, we’re having these power battles, whether parents have the right to be part of these negotiations," he said, "whether parents have the right to information."

NY State Ed letter questioning parent involvement

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

About School Zone

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

@denisejewellgee | [email protected]


Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

@TiffanyLankes | [email protected]


Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | [email protected]


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | [email protected]

Subscribe

Advertisement