BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Frustration is turning into action in the Buffalo School District as parents fight back against what they're calling a lack of transparency.
On Friday, the District Parent Coordinating Council, which was actually put in place by the school board, is appealing to the State Education Department claiming they are being left out of the board's decision making.
Council President Sam Radford served legal papers to Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown's office and the school board office claiming that the council was never consulted or brought into the decision making before the district approved the comprehensive plan for dealing with schools in need of improvement.
School officials don't deny that but say that scheduling conflicts got in the way and they plan to meet with the council in the next few weeks. But it may be too little too late.
Radford said, "We're a partner here. We don't want to be in an adversarial situation with the superintendent or the school board. We want to sit together and work together to come up with solutions for our children."
"We're saying that you're making that decision and it's against the law and you're not getting the consequences for that, our children aren't getting the consequences of that, so we wanted to know what is our legal right to do next."
The State Education Department sent a letter to Brown on Friday giving her 10 days to respond to the petition by the parents' group.
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