Monday, August 1: Buffalo Community Activists & Clergy to Host Emergency Town Hall Meeting to Address Educational Crisis

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On Monday, August 1, Buffalo community activists and clergy members will be hosting an Emergency Town Hall Meeting to address the growing educational crisis affecting Buffalo’s public school children.

For Immediate Release: Jessica Mokhiber
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org

Monday, August 1: Buffalo Community Activists & Clergy to Host Emergency Town Hall Meeting to Address Educational Crisis
Community groups co-hosting meeting; Northeast Charter Schools Network, clergy leaders, the Buffalo Black Lives Matter chapter and others to attend

Buffalo, NY – On Monday, August 1, Buffalo community activists and clergy members will be hosting an Emergency Town Hall Meeting to address the growing educational crisis affecting Buffalo’s public school children.

The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) will be hosting the event along with community activists and other groups. NECSN’s Western New York Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood said, “We want the public here in Buffalo to understand just how the school system is failing our kids. But more than that, we want to organize the community and our faith leaders to take action and work to improve schools for all kids.”

In addition to a discussion, there will be a panel Q&A with clergy and education leaders. 

What: Buffalo Emergency Town Hall Meeting on Education

Who: Northeast Charter Schools Network, Black Lives Matter Buffalo, Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC), Friendship Baptist Church, Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals, Young Black Democrats, CAO Better Schools Better Neighborhoods

When: Monday, August 1, 6pm

Where: Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton Street, Buffalo 

On Social Media: follow with the hashtag #716EdCrisis 

Link to the event flyer.

Here are some of the issues facing Buffalo children: 

  • Only 1 out of every 10 students reads on grade level
  • Not even 6 out of 10 kids are graduating on time – and Buffalo’s four-year graduation rate is among the worst in New York State
  • Buffalo has one of the highest drop-out rates of all districts statewide
  • More than 90% of students of color (Black and Hispanic) enrolled in a Buffalo traditional school DID NOT pass the NYS 3-8 Math or ELA exams last year

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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