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Education Action Symposium brings together community stakeholders in education


An “Education Action Symposium” began Friday night and ran through noon Saturday at Buffalo’s Waterfront Elementary School. The symposium aimed to bring together community stakeholders to discuss the best practices for academic excellence. Headlining the meeting was Doctor Steve Perry – founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School – named one of the top schools in the country.

Perry says there’s no singular fix to public schools, but points out that poverty is not the key issue…

“The key issue is that the individuals who work in a school have to believe that all the children in a school can learn, have that clear leadership, and a mission to ensure that the greatest outcomes are there – no different than what we want for our own children,” said Perry.

Perry says every child is at risk, no matter their socioeconomic status, and needs as many supports as possible. To those who attended the symposium, he says the message was, “Talk is cheap – it’s time to do something.”

Avery began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WRUB, the University at Buffalo’s student-run radio station.