Under The Radar: Where all the kids at?


By Francis White


So Buffalo has a big problem with school attendance; 43% of students in kindergarten alone are absent, and, the west side of the city is one of the areas greatly affected. If that's not reason enough to make members of an organization like PUSH Buffalo want to get involved in the Buffalo public education question, I don't know what is.

A big part of having a truly sustainable community is having a system of public education that actually educates the public.

The city of Buffalo's problems with public education are so fast vast, so old, and so complicated, that's it very difficult to figure out where many of the school system's problems originally stemmed from. One thing is for sure, there are people in the community who have been working to find solutions and working to create public schools that we can all be proud of.

Citizen Action of New York has been one of the groups leading the way in that arena. Tomorrow (Saturday) August 23rd, from 11am-2pm, They, Alliance for Quality Education of New York, and others are organizing the charge to find out why Buffalo has a big problem with low student school attendance and how to fix this problem. It takes place at the Stanley Makowski school at 1095 Jefferson Ave in Buffalo NY.