From: Carl P. Paladino
Date: April 24, 2013
Re: The Buffalo School Board Elections
The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union leaders (Phil Rumore) distributed a malicious and slanderous mailer about me and others. It came from a Flushing, New York mailing company used by NYSUT in the past.
Unfortunately for Rumore, I can’t be intimidated nor will the people of the City accept his malevolent behavior.
The coward didn’t put his name on the mailing. He obviously fears this year’s school board election will marginalize him causing him to lose his power and access to the feeding trough of the Board of Education. Panicked and desperate he has now stooped to the gutter. Teachers are embarrassed.
Happy with our Buffalo Schools just the way they are today, Rumore doesn’t care about the education of our children. It’s all about money and power, ego and arrogance. Teachers know that Rumore’s obstruction and push back on every issue has created chaotic dysfunction and cast the teachers in a bad light with the community. Teachers don’t want to babysit, fear for their safety, break up fights or watch children be subjected to violence. They don’t want bad teachers in the classrooms. They just want to teach and be properly compensated for their efforts.
Rumore has become so arrogant that he openly supports incompetent Board incumbents which ironically confirms their complicity when in fact they should be without conflict of interest at arm’s length with the union so as to honestly and to the best of their ability represent the interests of the children, their parents and the citizens of Buffalo.
Most recently Rumore conspired with the insular Board of Education and its Superintendent by executing a fraudulent side letter to the State’s mandated teacher evaluation agreement so as to deceive the State and illegally receive millions in State funding. When confronted with their illegality the conspirators pled that others also committed the fraud. That apparently makes it right in their little minds.
Three weeks ago the State Education Department demanded that Pamela Brown explain her actions and why she would jeopardize state funding. She has not disclosed the letter to the Board or the public nor has she responded to it.
The Attorney General and/or District Attorney must investigate this criminality.
Despite the lies of Rumore, I support cutting busing in favor of neighborhood schools, using monies saved for legitimate purposes i.e. to pay teachers for longer school days and an extended school year and to provide them with the books and other tools they need to do their jobs. I do not support residency. I support the decentralization of our school administration, the competent replacement of executive staff on whose watch our schools have failed and the empowerment of principals who earned their jobs by merit and not by belonging to the system’s friends and family club. I will insure that no teacher or principal will suffer recrimination or intimidation for speaking out on the failures of the system.
The culture of acceptance of failure and complacency must end. The dysfunction of our schools is the root cause of the decay of our city, the flight of the working class to the suburbs and the crime on our streets. Generations of students, teachers, parents and the community have been the victims of this ongoing tragedy. Other enlightened candidates and I will end it. There is even talk that elements in the BTF are considering a decertification petition to get rid of the BTF and bring in a new union to legitimately represent the teachers. A brighter day is possible.
Open your eyes Buffalo and vote on May 7 to right the wrong that has so abused our children and community for far too long.