(City of Buffalo) WKBW-TV Buffalo School officials taking an unusual approach to get parents together for a meeting Thursday night. They offered bus transportation to those wanting an update about the new Common Core Learning Standards. The controversial New York State Common Core Standards were the topic for a meeting with Buffalo School parents, held at the Waterfront School. Billed as a roundtable discussion, school officials reached out to parents and guardians to talk about the new standards and to also explain how the district will implement them.
"We know that our children need to have more rigorous levels of instruction, There's no question about that. The Common Core Standards are new and anytime that you launch a new initiative you have to assess it and you have to continue to find ways to enhance it," school Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown said.
Officials also gave audience members a chance to try out the district's new on line parent portal. "Well, It help parents to keep up with their children's progress in school. It helps them to stay in touch with assignments that children are given. As a parent myself, if I know that there were times when I didn't always get the most detailed answers from my children about what their homework assignments were, Brown added.
Access to up to the minute grades and assignments puts student's family members in a better position to help with homework. "I am going to have the upper hand. I am going to have the information that I need that they can not maybe sometimes verbally voice to me. I'll have contact with the teachers I'll have their assignments," stated Roshelle Roberson, the grandparent of seven city school students.
Currently, the parent portal is only available in four languages. The district hopes that other languages will be integrated by the developer, soon.