Six of the nine members on the Buffalo Public School Board of Education are officially calling for Carl Paladino’s resignation. A resolution, which will be submitted by board member Hope Jay at Thursday’s special meeting, calls for Paladino to resign within 24 hours.
It goes on to say that should he not do so, the board will retain outside legal counsel to file a 306 petition with New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to pursue his removal. The resolution comes in response to derogatory statements Paladino made about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that were published last week in Buffalo’s Artvoice newspaper.
“These unambiguously racist, morally repugnant, flagrantly disrespectful, inflammatory and inexcusable comments by Mr. Paladino have garnered both local, national and international attention that reflects negatively on the Buffalo Board of Education, the City of Buffalo and its leadership and its citizens, the State of New York, and every decent human being in America and abroad who has been shocked and offended by his words,” Jay wrote.
There is some question about whether the board could remove Paladino on its own. Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold, who signed the resolution, said she does not believe the district’s bylaws allow it, and any action would have to come through the state Education Department.
“We are in the process of reviewing all of our options in this unusual situation and will closely watch the actions taken by the Buffalo Board of Education at tomorrow’s meeting,” State Ed spokesperson Emily DeSantis said.
Members of the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) and a member of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) are also planning to file separate 306 petitions. Post