• How Union President Rumore Co-opted the Buffalo School Board and Rigged the Teacher’s Contract

    Rumore v Taxpayers, Parents, and Children

    In 2016, when both friends of Phil Rumore, the president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) suggested he retire, Rumore began his final assault on the taxpayers, parents and children of the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS).

    For over 30 years, Rumore had successfully and brilliantly negotiated on behalf of Buffalo teachers against a cadre of “halfwits” – people who were elected or appointed to represent the interests of parents, students and taxpayers – but merely pandered to the BTF.

    A “halfwit” can be someone who is intentionally motivated to serve interests other than the community or someone who is just actually stupid. In any event, Buffalo’s halfwits were very inclined to sympathize with union desires and concerns while remaining oblivious to the desires of the citizens of Buffalo for their children to have a quality opportunity for a good education.

    Teachers’ contract lingered until Rumore was ready.

    The contract between the BTF and the BPS expired 12 years ago, but because of something unique in New York State – the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law – the terms of expired union contracts with municipalities continue in force until a new contract is signed. The members get to keep all their benefits, along with the yearly step salary increase built into the old deal.

    During the 12 years that the expired contract terms remained in place, teachers were receiving step increases in wages averaging around 2.5% per year. Consequently, despite sporadic feigning to negotiate, Rumore was in no hurry to finally settle the contract until he decided to retire.

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  • Support the Reform Candidates for the Buffalo School Board, May 3rd

    School Board Election is tomorrow, May 3rd.
    Please Remember to Vote for Carl Paladino, Park District Representative

    Tomorrow voters in the City of Buffalo will make a critical decision. It is a decision that has the potential to impact generations of young people and determine Buffalo’s future as a growing city where families choose to live and invest.

    On Tuesday, May 3, all six district seats on the Buffalo School Board are up for election. This election will determine if the School Board can continue to move the District in a positive, productive direction under the welcome leadership of Superintendent Kriner Cash, or if special interests concerned primarily with self-preservation will regain their grip on the Buffalo Public Schools.   Read more ›

     
  • Paladino Announces Re-election for Park District School Board Seat

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 29, 2016)- Buffalo Board of Education’s Park District Representative Carl Paladino announces that he will seek re-election for a another three year term. Paladino won 79% of the vote in 2013, which saw record turnout for a school board election.

    “I am honored to represent the people and parents of the Park District on the Buffalo Board of Education. Every child in Buffalo deserves a first class education. We will continue to change the inept policies that have plagued the Buffalo Schools for decades and underserved so many of our youth.”

    We will among other things:

    1. Return to community schools- opening our schools to the neighborhood for after hour activities and more parental involvement.
    2. Lower class sizes in Pre-K to 3rd grade to 18 or less.
    3. Negotiate a union contract fair to our teachers, our community and most importantly, to our children.
    4. Ensure that those who created the dysfunction in our schools are no longer employed so that the dysfunction can be addressed and corrected.
    5. Provide opportunity for a SEED School for students from dysfunctional homes.
    6. Rid the district of friends and family appointments and promotions, graft, waste, corruption, featherbedding and incompetency.

    Since joining the Buffalo Board of Education in 2013 Paladino has helped successfully expose the underbelly of the beast preying on our children, helped rid the district of incompetent administration and helped install a majority not beholden to union leaders but instead has been insistent on correcting the dysfunction.

    He has also exposed the fact that L. P. Ciminelli has failed to account for over $500 M in Joint School Construction Funds.

    “The Buffalo Public School system has a profound impact on the rebirth of our city, our local workforce and economy. We will build a school system that works for everyone so it can support Buffalo’s growth.

    Carl attended St. Bonaventure University and the Syracuse University College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971 and traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas to serve in the U.S. Army. He retired from service as a Captain in 1981.Carl returned to Buffalo the following year, eventually undertaking the management role for the New York City-based owners of the Ellicott Square, and establishing the law firm of Paladino, Cavan, and Quinlivan.

    Nominating petitions begin on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, while the election will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

     
  • The of Hypocrisy of Urban Education in New York State

    Mr. Casserle, I filled out your survey. You know that there are not any “great city school districts” in New York. You also know the reason.

    The Governor, our mayors, the New York State and local Legislatures and the press are a corrupt cesspool of cowardly, arrogant and liberal or RINO play-actors intent on keeping their voting base hungry and illiterate in the cycle of poverty in our urban centers. You are a part of that cabal of disingenuous heathens who perpetuate an education bureaucracy dedicated to self-preservation and unionism forever that has no interest in educating the kids in our urban centers.

    Your survey was bull, probably directed more at preserving your job than actually seeking to achieve positive results for the kids. The Buffalo School Board is as or more dysfunctional as other urban Boards across the State. That will not change. The web of laws unique to New York, (the Taylor Law and the Tri-borough Law, a paralyzed Board of Regents now owned by NYSUT, a sniveling, wimpy and uninformed press and corrupt politicians like Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos, George Maziarz, Tom Libous have sold out the people and built a web of obstacles to any earnest effort to change the system. Good strong men will not enter the arena because they know that the only solution for our dysfunctional urban education in N.Y. is to dismantle it and start over. Your membership and that of all the urban Boards love sitting at the table talking every issue to death. They lust the power.

    The Romans did not create a great civilization with rhetoric. They did it by killing every adversary who got in their way.

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    From: Michael Casserly

    Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:09 AM

    Subject: School Board Survey Great City School Board Representatives–

    The Council of the Great City Schools’ leadership task force is asking that the organization reopen the school board survey that we sent you over the summer to see if we can get more responses from member school boards who did not respond. Our records indicate that only one or no school board members from your district responded, so we would like to ask you to distribute the survey (link is pasted below) to all your colleagues on your board and request their participation. The results are being used to help the Council substantially boost its services to its school boards. I hope you will help.

    Board Survey Link

    We would like to ask that surveys be submitted by December 15. Thank you so much and please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

    –Michael Casserly

    Council of the Great City Schools

     
 
 
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