Teachers, parents seek legal decision on lack of music, art in BPS

Claim lack of instruction violates NYS requirements

WBEN Newsroom
December 17, 2019 - 8:13 pm
Phil Rumore

Phil Rumore (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Claiming the Buffalo Public Schools are denying students instruction required by New York State, The Buffalo Teachers Federation and a group of parents are seeking a legal decision over a lack of art and music classes in the district.

BTF President Phil Rumore says the deficiency has been an issue for more than a year and a court decision on the matter is being sought.

"For over a year, parents and teachers have, to no avail, sought to have the Buffalo School Board provide Buffalo secondary students with state required art and music education programs", Rumore said in a statement late Tuesday.  "While the art and music instructions are readily available in the suburbs, not so in Buffalo, is the message here, Buffalo students are unworthy of these programs", questions Rumore.

The suit claims art and music education is not provided equitably and that concert band and orchestra is only available in four high schools and sufficient art programs are available in only two secondary schools.

Buffalo Schools General Counsel Nathaniel Kuzma says, "The District has not been served with a suit at this time, therefore it would be premature to comment."


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