Parents Step Up To Improve Education

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Parent leaders from Buffalo's persistently low performing schools said the Teacher's Federation is not doing enough to help these schools succeed. They are meeting with the union and other school leaders to work out a solution.

The parents worry that the union's actions could cost the district $42 million in federal "Race to the Top" funding, which they said will help turn the low achieving schools around. To receive the funding, the New York State Education Commissioner said they would only accept plans that reflect certain models. The union's plan called Educational Partnership Organizations is not one of those plans.

The union was already denied the funding with that plan but wants to resubmit the application with the same model. Parents said that is a mistake. The Teacher's Federation said the other plans, which call for replacing fifty percent of the teachers, just doesn't make sense.

If approved for the federal grant money, the Buffalo District would receive $2 million a year for the next three years to help boost the low performing schools. The board has until January to reapply.

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at School 99 on Jefferson Avenue.