A group on Facebook is circulating a petition on the Petition buzz site calling for an open and transparent Buffalo Board of Education all of the time, not just some of the time. The group issued a statement on the petition:
There is community wide support for Buffalo State College English Professor and former Buffalo public school teacher, Theresa Harris-Tigg to fill the vacant East District seat. She lost to the former incumbent Vivian Evans by only 15 votes in the School Board elections last year. And she would have won the seat but the group Democrats for Education Reform inundated the neighborhood in the East District and other areas of the City with paid volunteers canvassing the streets distributing the campaign literature of the incumbents and pro charter school candidates."The Buffalo School Board is electing an East District representative on Thursday, January 13th beginning at 5pm in City Hall Room 801. Though the Committee on Open Government ruled that these meetings and deliberations are public, the School Board is threatening to hold this meeting in private. We deserve an open and transparent government, and that includes the Board of Education. The School Board is responsible to us and we want our voices to be heard and understood by the board."