Superintendent Emphasizes Attendance is Necessary for Success.
"I reiterate my appreciation for the time, energy and diversity of talent that I saw on display last night at the District Parent Coordinating Council meeting.
"There is a groundswell of passion for the Buffalo public schools to a level I haven’t experienced in the six years I’ve been here, and frankly, I welcome it.
"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. 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. Taking a step backward is no way to go forward. Instead of putting energy into keeping our kids out of school, that energy should be directed to academics and achievement."