• Carl Paladino’s Critical Analysis of the Buffalo Board Of Education

    To:  The Buffalo Superintendent of Schools and The Buffalo Board of Education

    From:  Carl P. Paladino

    Re: Dysfunction

    The following is the first of a series of papers outlining to the Superintendent and the BOE that its administration of the school district is lacking even in the simplest of responsibilities.

    The district has a serious attendance and truancy problem.

    The first step is usually to acknowledge to the community that the problem exists and has existed for a long time and other attempts by the administration to rectify the problem, if any, have failed. Read more ›

     
  • Submission to Buffalo Board of Education

    Chapter 3

    March 12, 2013

    The following is a Bucket List of “to do” items for the present Board of Education (BOE) to prepare for the new Board to be seated July 1, 2013.

    1). Have staff formulate a plan to re-implement, for September, 2013, neighborhood (community) schools for primary education. This will radically downsize the city busing program to minimize the current bus culture which wastes up to three hours of a student’s day in the numbing horror of riding on a bus, time that could be better spent studying and conducting physical activity during an expanded teaching day and year.

    2). Publicly notify parents of children who actually reside in the suburbs but are fraudulently using a Buffalo address (whether they own the property or list the address of a friend or relative) to register their child in a City public school, that fraud is a crime and unless they actually move into the city, they should immediately withdraw their child from the City system or they will be publicly embarrassed and possibly prosecuted.  Apparently the motivation of wealthy suburban parents is to secure a “Say Yes” college scholarship for their child thus depriving a deserving actual City resident of the opportunity.  Any complicit administrative staff and principals who participate or look the other way in allowing such illegal registrations should be fired.

    3). Direct the Superintendent to immediately release the unedited report of the distinguished scholar Dr. Judy Elliott, which was promised a month ago.  The report was apparently delivered to the Superintendent and State Commissioner John King and should have been published.  The Superintendent apparently didn’t like the content and complained to Commissioner King.  The Superintendent should not have any say in the content of the report which basically is an objective review of her performance and that of the district.  These circumstances demand immediate transparency so as to allow an informed vote in the coming Board election.  The intent in commissioning Ms. Elliott was to obtain an objective analyses of the condition of our public schools for disclosure to the residents so that proper remediation could be initiated and addressed.  Delaying publication until after the Board election and thereby hiding an objective report from public view illustrates once again the deplorable incompetence of the Board and the District leadership.  Such behavior is unacceptable to the people of Buffalo and will not  be tolerated.

    4).  The New York State Education Law requires full and absolute disclosure of the campaign receipts and expenditures of all Board candidates which filings are required to be submitted to the Chief of Staff of the Board.  The Chief of Staff historically has not published the past filings which should be published on the Board’s Website immediately obviating the requirement to FOIL such information.  The Chief of Staff must also be directed to immediately publish the names of Board members who have not timely filed statements as required by law.

    5). Historically the BOE has failed to disclose to the community the violent out of control level of behavior by students in our public schools.  By covering up and hiding the systemic problem, the Board has allowed an unsafe atmosphere for students, creating instead a culture of fear among students and parents, condoning and nurturing disobedience and failing to establish consequences, accountability and responsibility from students.  Teachers,  administrators, security personnel and Buffalo Police appear to have been co-opted in the coverup.  The BOE must immediately order a comprehensive report for public disclosure from the BOEs head of security and the Buffalo Police Department Schools Division Chief that includes the following:  a). The number of on duty and off duty police and other security personnel deployed to each school daily, b). the costs associated with the deployment, and c). a comprehensive description of all school incidents of misbehavior including those that could otherwise be described as criminal in nature and whether or not criminal charges were brought.

    6).  The BOE must demand that the Superintendent comply with State and Federal requirements for teacher and principal evaluations which are currently 5 months late.

    7). The BOE should pass a resolution that the song “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty be adopted as the official theme song of the district.

     
  • President Obama’s Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures

    Instead of throwing away $225 Mil in taxpayer money, Cuomo could save a couple thousand jobs at Remington, Savage and other arms makers at no cost to the taxpayer by ridding us of the SAFE Act.

    Pennsylvania created 232,000 new jobs at $60,000 a year plus, small communities and Counties in Northern Pennsylvania are paying off their debt, farmers and other property owners are getting huge Royalties and Pennsylvania is enjoying an economic boom from fracking which cost the taxpayers nothing.

    36 of 37 states that can drill and frack, do it.  New York is the only State that doesn’t.  All the 10,000,000 people in upstate New York have been deprived of an economic revival because of the vanity and arrogance of one man who seeks to further his political career.

    -Carl Paladino

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