U.S. Attorney Meets With Parents' Group In "Forgery" Case

BUFFALO, NY- Members of the District Parent Coordinating Council met for about 45 minutes Monday afternoon with U.S. Attorney William Hochul concerning their allegations that a parent's signature was forged on an important document.

Last fall, the school district submitted an improvement plan for the school to the state education department, an improvement plan that contained the signature of Timekia Jones, a parent leader at the Harvey Austin School in Buffalo.

But Jones says she never signed the plan, which is something the state requires to prove that parents were involved involved in the process. Jones says that she was in the hospital at the time, and that her signature on the document was forged.

Then a few weeks ago in a bizarre twist in the case, the school district claimed that Jones did sign the document, but that she "disguised" her handwriting, in effect she that she forged her own signature. That's an allegation that the parents' group dismisses as out of hand.

Sam Radford, District Parent Coordinating Council: "We asked the U.S. Attorney to look at it for obstruction of justice - that they're actually trying to cover up something because she didn't disguise her own signature. They're suggesting that she disguised her signature five times last year and that on the face of it is just ridiculous, but it's not enough to say it's ridiculous, we as responsible stakeholders need to know what happened."

Radford says the group will now also ask the state Education Department to investigate the alleged forgery as well.

The U.S. Attorney's office declined comment on the meeting.

A spokeswoman for the school district was not available for comment.


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