Parents Plan Boycott of Buffalo Public Schools

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:26 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:26 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

Activists are calling on all the heavy weights including the governor, chancellor, state education commissioner, regents, senators, and city leaders to come up with a fix to Buffalo's failing public schools, including the 75 percent drop out rate among black males
and 55 percent drop out rate for white males.

The District Parent Coordinating Council cited a story titled "making the Grade," that aired only on Eyewitness News, where Superintendent James Williams blamed state policies for students not making the grade.

"I look at New York State, New York State is structured to force kids to drop out of schools," said Superintendent James Williams in an interview that aired on Eyewitness News in February.

Vice President of the Buffalo Public Schools Coordinating Council, Sam Radford was also interviewed for that same story and had this to say regarding the persistently low achieving schools in Buffalo. "Who would have to fight that issue? Generally the impacted population would have to fight that issue. Black males would have to fight that issue. The reality is this has been going on for a whole generation...they are the ones that need the most help and they are the least able to go fight for themselves," concluded Radford.

The parent coordinating council is asking stakeholders to RSVP for their May 3rd meeting by April 15th. If the leaders are a no-show, the group says they'll protest by keeping children home from school on May 16th which is after students complete state assessment testing.