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18 Jun






Buffalo’s Parents want Assembly Education Chair Cathy Nolan’s support for Buffalo’s Parent Trigger bill to empower parents to put our students first. Buffalo’s Parents left Albany on Wednesday confident that Assemblywoman Nolan could support a “Buffalo only” Parent Trigger bill.

We traveled to Albany on Wednesday, June 15th to meet with State Legislators about the Parent Trigger and left with support from the State Delegation representing the City of Buffalo, the Chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and other assembly and Senate members.

Our champion of parents and better public education, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes welcomed us to Albany by introducing us to state officials on the floor of the Assembly.

Assemblywoman Peoples introduced us to many influential members of the Assembly, whom pledged their support for our efforts.

Our children’s reality needs to be addressed now; we cannot wait another year.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, has the power to in a very meaningful way to support parents in our effort do what is best for our children.

The arguments against the bill are insulting and the thought that Buffalo’s parents will not use this power responsibly is even more insulting.  The fact is that, we are the only stakeholders in the entire system that will use our power responsibly by making every decision in the best interest of our own children, without a conflict of interest. Evidence shows that the same cannot be said for all stakeholders whose needs are met whether our children succeed or not. The result: 75% of our black and Hispanic males drop out of high school and less than 50% of all Buffalo students graduate from high school. We cannot afford to continue on this same path for another year.

Senator Grisanti is confident that Buffalo’s Parent Trigger bill will pass the Senate, the Buffalo Delegation and Black and Puerto Rican Caucus are supportive.  So the question is who gets to decide whether Buffalo Parents are responsible enough to use the power of the Parent Trigger?

On behalf of Buffalo’s parents and students, we call on Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan to bring Buffalo’s Parent Trigger to the education committee and invite Buffalo’s parents to testify on Monday, June 20th.

We are encouraged by the leadership of Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes to help us build support within the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. We are encouraged that Buffalo’s state delegation is supportive of parent’s rights.

Assemblywoman Nolan’s comments are reason enough to put power back in the hands of parents. As parents of students in Buffalo’s failing schools, we do not have time to wait.

Buffalo’s parents have made historic gains in the past year: we have representatives at each of Buffalo’s schools; we are recognized as stakeholders. What we lack is what every other stakeholder at the table has: the legal authority to protect our interests, putting our children first.


For Immediate Release


                                                                                                June 17, 2011


For more information contact


Sam Radford (716) 578-3571



Buffalo City Council supports Parent Trigger

15 Jun

Support for New York State Adopting a “Parent Trigger Law” for Buffalo Public Schools—The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Demone A. Smith and Michael P. Kearns expressing its support for New York State (“NYS”) Assembly Bill A7569 which would permit the parents of pupils attending a Buffalo Public School (“BPS”) on the NYS Persistently Lowest Achieving (“PLA”) list to choose implementation of an education intervention model. BPS educates nearly 33,000 students in 59 separate schools. Of those schools, 13 are currently on the PLA list and an additional 13 schools will likely be placed on the PLA list in the near future. NYS mandates that if a school is placed on the PLA list, the local school district must choose one of four education intervention models in an attempt to improve the school. Educational advocacy groups, including the Buffalo-based District Parent Coordinating Council (“DPCC”), have requested that parents be given additional tools to hold the school system accountable and give parents a larger voice in the education process. The proposed NYS legislation would allow parents at a PLA school to implement a chosen education intervention model by collecting signatures from at least 50 percent of the represented parents at the respective school showing support for that model. Advocates for this law assert that this law would give parents a greater role in the education of their children and would result in the school system being more responsive to their interests.

DPCC Rally at City Hall was a success!!

16 May

We certainly got the attention of the decision makers and the rest of the City. The Buffalo News is prioritizing public education by publishing front page articles almost daily, and sending out multiple reporters to cover the boycott and rally!

We are exhausted and encouraged, and now the real work begins. Stay tuned

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Buffalo Rising Online: Buffalo ReformED supports the District Parent Coordinating Council’s May 16th Boycott

14 May

Buffalo ReformED supports the DPCC Boycott by Hannya Boulos

Buffalo ReformED supports the District Parent Coordinating Council’s May 16th Boycott. We support this boycott because we believe that a unified parental voice is our best chance at achieving lasting and meaningful reform in the Buffalo Public Schools. Parents are the only stakeholders that will always put the needs of students first; and a students-first mentality is a necessary part of the change that needs to happen. We support this boycott because it represents the parents and students who are consistently overlooked in this district.


Press Conference in support of the DPCC’s Boycott of the BPS

13 May

May 13th, 12:30 PM, a press conference was held in support of the DPCC’s scheduled May 16th Boycott of the Buffalo Public Schools. Over 40 people were in attendance, including leaders from the Youth Planning Council, Buffalo ReformED, AQE, and CAO. Also in attendance were common council member Demone Smith, NYS assembly member, and Crystal Peoples-Stokes. These community leaders and organizations all pledged their support to the DPCC in their mission, and in their direct action campaign.

Vice President of the DPCC, Sam Radford, spoke about the need for this boycott, and the need for a unified parent front. He outlined the DPCC’s vision, and ideas for reaching a solution in the ongoing battle to provide Buffalo’s students with a quality education:

The District Parent Coordinating Council has learned from years at making efforts for education reform that “NO ONE OF US IS AS SMART AS ALL OF US”.  So to begin a discussion with ALL stakeholders we are offering the following to begin negotiations on how we reform education from the Parent Perspective.

 1). Vision – First and foremost we seek  a harmony among all stakeholders.  Everyone working in the best interest of everybody.

a).  We seek a paradigm shift from the individual interest of Powerful Union, Strong Superintendents and School Boards to a COLLECTIVE INTEREST of all stakeholders to achieve the Districts Mission “PUTTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FIRST TO ENSURE HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL”.

We believe the current way of doing business has not and can not achieve the Districts Mission and we must commit to accepting our current failure as feedback (not criticism) and make the necessary adjustments to be more effective.

2).  Our immediate goal as parents is to play a meaningful role in the  Restructuring of our 2 tier “segregated” education system that has historically caused almost half of our students and schools to be Persistently Low Achieving.

3).  In our negotiation we would like to subscribe to SMART goals.  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

To Begin the discussion with each Stakeholder we would like to recommend the following

Buffalo School Board

 1)    Eliminate Half Days of School – They do not work by and large for most parents.

2)    Establish Vocational Schools – Regent Bennett has stated that this is something that can be done by the local board.  We are aware of barriers, we believe have the option of being educated in a Skilled trade is vital to ensuring “ALL” of our children get a quality education.

3)    Establish Longer School Days and School Year – Regent Bennett has stated that this is immediately doable by District Sponsored Charters and Charter Conversions.  In order to ensure the quality education of ALL of our children – we need to look at all of our options.

4)    Establishing a clear process in the Parent Involvement Policy to ENSURE meaningful Parent Involvement.  Giving DPCC sign off authority anywhere other stakeholders have it.

5)    Include a DPCC representatives as part of Union Contract Negotiations.  To ensure obligations are not made that violate the best interest of Parents as a Stakeholder group.

Buffalo Teachers Federation

1)    Sign off on a Memorandum of Understanding allowing Certified Coaches and others who are not Certified Teachers to be hired in areas without Teachers Right of first refusal.

2)    Sign off on a MOU that changes the  way we do Parent Teacher Conferences.  We want a 15 to 30 Minute appointment with a Parent, Student and Teacher giving Parents a clear plan on their role to ensure the academic success of their child.  We would like this done in the 1st and 3rd Marking period with a communication method for keeping parent updated.  Weekly email, Web updates, Texting, etc.

  Buffalo Common Council

1)    Support state legislation to give taxpayers right to vote on School Budget

2)    Allocate portion of City Contribution to budget to Funding 2 Full Time Parent Facilitators in all Buffalo Schools.

 Buffalo Mayor

1)    Give date, time and location for Convening of Meeting of all Stakeholders with State Education.

2)    Take Mayoral Control of Buffalo Schools – as Emergency Intervention Option.

3)    Allocate portion of City Contribution to budget to Funding 2 Full Time Parent Facilitators in all Buffalo Schools.

NYS State Legislature

1)    Parent Trigger Law

2)    Legislation for Residency Requirement

3)    Legislation for Voting on Local budget

4)    Address Laws like 3020a and 3012c to ensure we have a effective teacher in every classroom.

 NYS Education Dept.

1)    Don’t finalize District PLA Application without Meaningful Parent Involvement

2)    State Takeover of Buffalo Schools – as Emergency Intervention Option.


1) Create a Buffalo Education Stability Authority – as Emergency Intervention Option.

U.S. Dept. Education and President

2)    Protect Integrity of over 100 Million Dollars at Stake for Buffalo Schools in Race to Top funding to successfully turnaround our persistently low achieving school, by providing some degree of Federal oversight of the process. Which up until now has been more of the same processes that have lead to the problem.  Make sure the investment achieves a solution.

Follow comments from Sam Radford, and Hannya Boulos of Buffalo ReformED in the videos below. Sign the petition in support of the DPCC, and come out on May 16th for the rally.

Niagara District Council Member David Rivera supports the DPCC

13 May

Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte supports the DPCC

12 May

6th District Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte supports Buffalo’s District Parent Coordinating Council’s urgent demand to improve the Buffalo Public Schools. Maria signed the DPCC’s petition and believes that the DPCC’s enthusiasm and knowledge are contagious.