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DPCC seeks investigation into "criminal" misuse of funds

Parent activist Sam Radford is on a tear these days. With support from the District Parent Coordinating Council, Radford has sent out legal petitions seeking state and federal investigations into whether the Buffalo school district has essentially been criminally irresponsible in using millions in federal and state tax dollars to support Buffalo schools.

The DPCC questions whether there is malfeasance, civil rights violations and/or fraud related to the district's recent actions and underinvolvement of parents in school planning. With the three successive central office administrators in charge of grants and school turnaround plans being either criminally prosecuted, demoted for forced to resign, he said, school and districtwide improvement plans are going nowhere fast.

"We don’t even know if the plans we have work because we don’t have anyone implementing them," he said.

Letters and petitions have gone out this week to the U.S. inspector general, the U.S. attorney general, the New York inspector general, the New York attorney general, Gov. Cuomo and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. These petitions are being accompanied by letters of endorsement from a number local politicians including Congressman Brian Higgins and State Sen. Mark Grisanti.

 Below is the DPCC media release. It's a little dense, but if you read slowly, you'll get the gist.

DPCC Call for Investigations

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