“We have what’s called a Dignity For All Students act. It does not just apply to students. It applies to everyone in the district. It applies to me, every other board member, every staff member. Adults are expected to adhere to that policy and if we’re not adhering to the policy, how in the world can we ask our students to adhere to it?”
“As adults we are morally bound to ensure both the physical and emotional well-being of our children. All of us serve as role models for our young people. In a time when we should be focused on the issues of respect and unification, I personally find it unacceptable for anyone who touches the lives of our children to speak in this manner . . . This kind of language does not belong within the context of our communities and our schools. Being an American demands we respect the office of the President. That’s what we teach our children in New York State as part of our civic learning, and it’s a lesson that Mr. Paladino apparently needs to review.”
Carl Paladino has a direct role in shaping education policy in Buffalo, New York. He should no longer be allowed to sit on the board of a majority minority school district. He has proven time and again his own bias won’t allow the business of the Board to proceed without distraction.There is no explanation in the world that can excuse these comments. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has already called for Mr. Paladino’s resignation. Please add your voice as well, and spread the word.Tell MaryEllen Elia, NYS Commissioner of Education that Paladino needs to be removed.Now.