The Northeast Charter Schools Network today applauded the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) for approving charter school parents to join for the first time in the organization's 17-year history. The DPCC members voted unanimously to approve the charter parents.
Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council Votes Unanimously to Include First-Ever Charter School Representatives
Charter schools now have a seat at the table alongside parent reps from district schools
Buffalo, NY - The Northeast Charter Schools Network today applauded the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) for approving charter school parents to join for the first time in the organization's 17-year history. The DPCC members voted unanimously to approve the charter parents.
The DPCC is the district-recognized parent engagement organization, working in partnership with the Buffalo school district to increase parent involvement. A vote at last night's public meeting saw the approval of charter parents from Enterprise Charter School and Westminster Community Charter School - charters authorized by the Buffalo Board of Education.
Northeast Charter Schools Network Western New York Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood was also added to the DPCC's Executive Committee. In his role, Kirkwood, also the father of charter school children, will be working with and representing all of Buffalo's charter schools.
"Charters are an essential part of the educational landscape in Buffalo," Kirkwood said. "One-fifth of Buffalo's public school students attend charters, and more families are applying each day. Giving charter parents a seat at the DPCC's table is a huge recognition of the critical role charter schools play in improving Buffalo's schools.
"Parents don't care about political divides, they care about finding the best school for their child. For thousands in Buffalo, the best public school has been a charter school. Including the charter parent voice in a district partnership is a great step forward for education in our city."
DPCC President Sam Radford III said, "A rising tide lifts all boats - and Buffalo's charter schools are doing tremendous work to improve education and lives in our community. Learning from and sharing ideas with charter school parents will only strengthen the future of Buffalo's children, no matter what type of school they attend. The Buffalo school district has been slow to change, but charters are the most immediate agents of change in our school system today. We look forward to working with them."
James Neimeier, Board President of South Buffalo Charter School, said, "When I helped found South Buffalo Charter School 15 years ago, the goal was to give Buffalo children a great public education -- and we wanted to reach as many kids as we could. Having charter representation on the DPCC means hopefully we can share the great things charters are doing with parents and schools so that even more of our city's children do well. I look forward to the collaboration as we all work toward a better Buffalo."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools.
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