Parents Upset by Failure to Submit Turnaround Plan

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A group representing parents of Buffalo school students say they are frustrated after the school district failed to submit turnaround plans for four troubled schools, potentially leaving millions of dollars in federal money on the table.

The District Parent Coordinating Council fired off a letter to school board members demanding that plans move forward to improve grades at four low-performing schools.

The schools, according to officials, are School 6, Futures Academy, School 95 and East High.

The schools are eligible to receive $2 million per year for three years for a total of $24 million.

"Parents in the Buffalo Public School District are not satisfied nor will we accept any plan ... that does not include the possibility of all of our children receiving access to the resources that will help turn around the Buffalo Public Schools," said Samuel Radford III, vice president of the council.

But the superintendent says the district could still be eligible for the money and waiting will only help to strengthen plans to improve the schools.

"It delayed the money. You didn't forfeit the money," said Dr. James Williams.

"And one thing I've tried to get this community to understand ... money is not the solution. It's how we spend the money," he said.

Seven city schools are eligible to receive money from the federal government's Race to the Top program to help turn around low-performing schools.