Parents call for change in struggling schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Parents of some Buffalo school students say they will not let the district send their children to failing schools.

The District Parent Coordinating Council and two other parent groups held a rally Monday night at True Bethel Baptist Church. The groups want state education officials to force the district to make a plan to put children in good schools this fall instead of leaving up to 3,000 boys and girls in limbo.

Council President Samuel Radford III said, “We want the power to make the decision to rest with the parents. We want parents to be able to have a choice, on what education to provide for their children, as opposed to forcing our children to stay in failing schools.”

The state had demanded the Buffalo Public Schools make a plan to put 2,100 students in schools of good standing by this fall. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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