Thursday, February 28, 2013
Teach for America proposal squashed in Buffalo
Buffalo Board of Education meeting last night was heated after security guards had to escort would be board member Carl Paladino out for criticizing the slow response of School Board members to the problems at one of the schools involving sewage backup and the impact the environmental problem is having on the health of students and school employees, teachers from the Math, Science and Technology School that had complained on Wednesday. Also, the contract to hire 60 Teach for America recruits over a two year period 30 starting this summer and 30 more next year was squashed at the School Board meeting last night not enough votes or as Buffalo News education blogger Mary Pasciak wrote about the meeting last night " too many unanswered questions and too little time to resolve them" according to Board members Ralph Hernandez, West District and Jason McCarthy, from the North District. So it's back to the drawing board for M&T Bank Chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers who supported the arrival of the young fresh out of college recruits to teach in Buffalo schools. Hernandez is running for a third term in the upcoming school district seats up for grabs this year. The nominating petitions drive started in February and with Carl Paladino throwing his hat into the political arena once again, the Buffalo Board of Education elections will be a lively one. Lou Petrucci, Park District Rep. is not running this year told Paladino when he got a telephone call from the ex-gubernatorial candidate who had won the most votes from the South Buffalo District he plans to run in. Hopefully, philanthropic largess of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg similar to what he contributed to the Los Angeles California School Board race does not happen in the City of Buffalo. Imagine, Bloomberg gave a $1 million dollar donation to help support his school reform agenda as far away as in California! With donations from these hedge fund loving billionaires the average joe run for a school board seat across the nation will be a thing of the past.