January 22, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY - Five Buffalo Teachers, supported by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union - filed legal papers this week with the State Education Department seeking the removal of School Board Member Carl Paladino for “racially inflammatory statements” about President Obama, the First Lady and African-Americans that have violated his duty to serve as a role model for the school community.
The Teachers’ petition said Paladino’s “grotesque stereotyping of leading African-Americans” in the December 22nd-28th issue of ArtVoice had roiled the Buffalo community and negatively impacted the teaching and learning environment in the district.
The Buffalo Teachers, four of whom are parents or grandparents of current or former city school students, charge that Paladino’s “actions and statements negatively affect the ability of Teachers to do their job in teaching students tolerance, kindness and self-respect … and have interfered with the delivery of education services to the students of the Buffalo City School District.”
Specifically, the petition cites New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act, which declares that a student’s ability to learn is compromised by incidents of discrimination and harassment and requires boards of education to “create environments that are free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.”