Buffalo School Parents Mobilizing For School Boycott

May 13, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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May 13, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM EDT


Summary: Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo is preparing to boycott the Buffalo Public Schools. The group says the school system is failing and voted in favor of keeping their children home from school on Monday. Members of the DPCC say they've had enough with under performing schools, high drop out rates, and low graduation numbers and are demanding a quality education for their kids.

"All our children deserve a quality education. It's that simple," said District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo Vice President Samuel Radford III. "We can't continue a system that's segregated. We take our best and brightest kids and we give them the best education but leave all the others to chance."

Activists, church leaders, council members, and state lawmakers are also supporting the DPCC's boycott. A rally on the steps of city hall will begin at 12p.m. Monday, followed by a prayer service at 6pm within Niagara Square. Superintendent Doctor James Williams is strongly opposed to the boycott and released this statement earlier this month:

"All of us: the district, teachers, principals and parents need to work together for the benefit of our children. Let's not forget why we're here. The idea of a boycott on May 16th is a bad one," said Williams. "It is misguided. Our attendance is a problem to begin with and one of the key indicators as to why so many of our children are underachieving. Parents are powerful; and the best thing they can do is to send their children to school every day. Keeping children out of school is not a solution to anything, and I urge parents to ignore the call for a boycott."