Below is the letter from the State Education Department to Buffalo Superintendent Pamela Brown asking for proof that the district involved parents in its federal grant application and in its District Comprehensive Improvement Plan, as required by law.
District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Radford has managed to gain a surprising amount of leverage over Buffalo school district leaders through his in-depth understanding of parent rights under state education law. It has yet to be seen whether, in this case, the State Education Department will find fault with the Buffalo school district.
On Sunday, Radford said the ongoing power struggles between the DPCC and the district are a needless waste of energy. The district should welcome parents as participants and stakeholders in the planning process, but hasn't, he said.
"Instead, we’re having these power battles, whether parents have the right to be part of these negotiations," he said, "whether parents have the right to information."