Parents threaten sit-in to force board to meet with them

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – For months, the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) has been at odds with the Buffalo School Board, often leveling accusations of being ignored by board members.

Wednesday night, parents decided they had had enough and threatened to stage a sit-in to protest what they call the board’s lack of communication and transparency. The DPCC gave board members an ultimatum: talk to us now, tonight, immediately, or we will camp out in City Hall.

Board members agreed to hear parents out at Wednesday night’s meeting and set a meeting with the DPCC for next Wednesday, April 30th, at 3 p.m.

DPCC President Sam Radford said, “Finally we got a commitment from them today to have a meeting with us about the issues that are important to us, to make sure we know the law as it relates to including parents in the development of plans as well as to share in the decision-making process. What we’re doing is encouraging the parents of all those schools that are expected to be here next Wednesday, to the best of their ability, at 3 o’clock, as we have a public discussion to make sure parents are equal partners in the decision-making that what goes on with our children.”

“It is just my hope that this community can work together and stay focused on what is in the best interest of children. I know that many of us say that that’s what we’re doing, so now is the time to really show evidence of that,” said Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown.

The location of the meeting has not yet been determined.

Also on Wednesday, the board voted eight-to-one to end the association between Bennett Montessori School and the former Pinnacle Charter School, now Public School 115. The former Pinnacle School will merge next year into the Harvey Austin School on Sycamore Street.

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