Board raps Trump’s ed­u­ca­tion pick

Mem­bers also call for re­moval of Buf­falo trustee over crude re­marks about Oba­mas

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has gone on record op­pos­ing Betsy DeVos’ nom­i­na­tion to be U.S. sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion, and it wants Carl Pal­adino re­moved from the Buf­falo school board over crude re­marks he made about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama.

Both res­o­lu­tions were ap­proved unan­i­mously dur­ing a board meet­ing Wed­nes­day even­ing.

The res­o­lu­tion re­gard­ing the nom­i­na­tion of DeVos states she “has demon­strated sup­port for school voucher pro­grams, school choice pro­grams and char­ter schools, which threaten the pro­vi­sion of free and ap­pro­pri­ate public ed­u­ca­tion for all stu­dents

through a public school sys­tem.”

The res­o­lu­tion adds that DeVos — a bil­lion­aire Repub­li­can donor and for­mer chair­man of the Michi­gan GOP — has been “at the fore­front of the es­tab­lish­ment of sev­eral voucher and char­ter school ini­tia­tives in Michi­gan which have en­riched the cof­fers of pri­vate com­pa­nies and di­verted scare eco­nomic re­sources from the public ed­u­ca­tion of stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly in ur­ban ar­eas.”

School board Pres­i­dent Nora Scherer said Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump “has nom­i­nated ... a can­di­date with no public school ex­pe­ri­ence, as ei­ther an ed­u­ca­tor or in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment of public schools.”

Board mem­ber Suzanne Jor­dan said district res­i­dent should con­tact New York state’s two U.S. sen­a­tors, Democrats Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gil­li­brand, to voice sup­port the board’s po­si­tion.

“Call early and of­ten,” Jor­dan said.

The res­o­lu­tion call­ing for Pal­adino’s re­moval from the Buf­falo Public Schools Board of Ed­u­ca­tion state’s he vi­o­lated New York’s Dig­nity for All Stu­dents Act by mak­ing “un­am­bigu­ously racist, morally re­pug­nant, fla­grantly dis­re­spect­ful, in­flam­ma­tory and in­ex­cus­able

School board Pres­i­dent Nora Scherer said Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump “has nom­i­nated ... a can­di­date with no public school ex­pe­ri­ence, as ei­ther an ed­u­ca­tor or in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment of public schools.”

com­ments.”

Pal­adino, a western New York de­vel­oper who ran for New York governor in 2010 and headed Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in the state last year, has found him­self in hot wa­ter for his re­sponses to a ques­tion­naire by the Buf­falo pub­li­ca­tion ArtVoice.

Asked what he’d most like to see hap­pen in 2017, Pal­adino wrote he hoped Pres­i­dent Obama “catches mad cow dis­ease af­ter be­ing caught hav­ing re­la­tions with a Her­ford” and that “he dies be­fore his trial and is buried in a cow pas­ture next to Valerie Jar­ret, who died weeks prior, af­ter be­ing con­victed of sedi­tion and trea­son, when a Ji­hady cell­mate mis­took her for be­ing a nice per­son and de­cap­i­tated her.”

Asked what he’d like to see go away in 2017, Pal­adino said he’d like Michelle Obama “to re­turn to be­ing a male and let loose in the out­back of Zim­babwe, where she lives com­fort­ably in a cave with Maxie, the go­rilla.”

The Buf­falo school board is seek­ing to have the state ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sioner re­move Pal­adino from his po­si­tion. Kingston school board mem­ber James Shaugh­nessy said Pal­adino “needs to know that his be­hav­ior is un­ac­cept­able to the col­leagues in public ed­u­ca­tion through­out the state.”

Fel­low Trustee Rev. James Childs said the Kingston res­o­lu­tion shows sol­i­dar­ity with other school boards that are re­spon­si­ble for show­ing stu­dents racist be­hav­ior won’t be tol­er­ated from the peo­ple charged with guid­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant that, even though we’re not on that board, we are peo­ple in this coun­try and we need to rec­og­nize racism when we see it,” Childs said. “... If we keep quiet, it just con­tin­ues to pro­lif­er­ate.”

Jor­dan agreed that an ex­am­ple needs to be set for young peo­ple who might wit­ness de­plorable ac­tions and words.

“It’s con­sis­tent with our stance against bul­ly­ing,” she said. “If you’re not go­ing to stand up against a bully and just con­tin­u­ally be a by­stander, then we’re not teach­ing our chil­dren how to deal with bul­ly­ing, and this is it in its worst form.”

AP FILE

Betsy DeVos is Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee to be U.S. sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion.

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