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Asking the state ed commissioner to intervene (or resign)

On Thursday, Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council stated that it's filing legal appeals with State Ed Commissioner John King to force the school district to comply with state physical education and health education requirements.

Also on Thursday, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore said his executive committee would be voting on a motion calling for King's resignation, in the wake of the controversies surrounding the state's implementation of Common Core Standards testing.

While King is unlikely to raise an eyebrow regarding the BTF's call for his resignation, he is much more likely to take notice of the legal appeal asking that he force the district to comply with state laws requiring students to receive far more physical education than they are actually getting in school.

State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman had little to offer by way of formal comment regarding the DPCC's appeal:  "Because the Commissioner acts like a judge in rendering decisions in appeals brought before him, it would be inappropriate for me to comment in any way on this matter."

But when the the DPCC has brought complaints to the state in the past, the state has sided with the parents and against the district.

To make its points clear regarding the district's noncompliance with physical education and health education laws, the DPCC created a handy reference chart. Below is the appeal being filed with Commissioner King regarding the Buffalo school district's noncompliance with physical education laws. The appeal includes a copy of the district's own Wellness Policy, which parents say the district isn't following either.

-- Sandra Tan

DPCC appeal regarding physical education

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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.

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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.

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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 | stan@buffnews.com


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 | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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