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