Thursday, December 11, 2014

How Governor Cuomo Unloaded John King for a Palm Pilot and Cash

Governor Cuomo Seen Here Trying to Call in a Surgical Air Strike by Mental Telepathy. Note Agonized Expression

Official Transcript of Andrew Cuomo Furthering John King's Education Reformer Career: 

Cuomo: Aww now c'mon man you gotta do me a solid here, this guy is killing me. He's a dweeb and an idiot and people hate him. I stood back, stepped aside and smiled for Hillary in 2016, remember? No complaining, no whining, no nothing like that. You know why? Cause I am for the party. That's me. All about the party.

Democratic Party Operative: Yes, Andrew, we know you are made of all the right stuff. Nobody is questioning your loyalty to the party here. We just, well, you know, we just. What are we supposed to do with the fucking guy? He's kind of a nightmare ya know?

Cuomo: Oh you're telling ME about John Fucking King? Did you see him on that listening tour last year? Are you fucking kidding me? Listening? I mean hey you went to college right John? Can you at least PRETEND to listen to someone? Seriously, you have to help me out here. I have a union to break and a bogus evaluation system to install. I can't do that with a guy like him hanging around and people connecting everything I am doing to his goofy goatee wearing ass. 

Democratic Party Operative: Yeah, we just had some elections here too. Did you by chance notice how things went for us and for the party? We're not exactly how you say sitting in the catbird seat here Governor. 

Cuomo: The what? I don't even know what the fuck that means. Is a catbird seat a good thing that you don't have or...I mean you sound like my father now...

Democratic Party Operative: It means we got our asses handed to us and come January we're going to be carrying our own toilet paper cause the Republicans aren't going to let us use any of theirs. Do you get me? We don't exactly have a surplus of do nothing patronage gigs to hand out to crazy aunts, drunken uncles or cross eyed nephews these days.

Cuomo: Well I mean he's bad for me right now and maybe that's not even his fault. Yeah maybe it's the climate here with these teacher's unions upsetting everyone and King just being the face of everything everyone wants to kick the shit out of. Think of him like, I dunno, kind of a Jimmy Carter character. You know he's not to blame, he's a decent man but everyone really has major wood for him. Like they want to blame him for every last little thing. I think he could really work out with you guys, you know fresh slate and all. 

Democratic Party Operative: Yeah?

Cuomo: Oh definitely.

Democratic Party Operative: Cut the shit Andrew. Just cut it before you push me too far. 

Cuomo: You're right. I'm desperate. He's the anti christ, he's like Satan for fuck's sake. He's Bill Buckner, Scott Norwood and Greg Norman at the '96 Masters all rolled into one miserable failure forced on me by people like that goddamned bluenose hag Meryl Tisch. I hate that broad. I yelled at her you know. 

Democratic Party Operative: Listen Governor, we like you here. You might be a micro managing sociopathic control freak but hey it's politics right? And after all you're OUR micro managing sociopathic control freak and dammit in my universe that still counts for something.

Cuomo: For real?

Democratic Party Operative: I think I can place him somewhere.

Cuomo: I'll do anything, anything... Oh God please. Where can you put him? 

Democratic Party Operative: I can place him under a guy who's possibly more incompetent, more clueless and lacking in people skills, more of an appointed doofus with no fucking business doing anything in this town unless it involves a mop and a bucket than John King his own self.

Cuomo: You have a guy like that? Seriously? 

Democratic Party Operative: A guy? You kidding?  We actually have dozens of them but it just so happens Kingsy boy can slide right in here and nobody will miss a beat.

Cuomo: Can you give me a hint at least?

Democratic Party Operative: Not really, no. Just that it rhymes with Barney Pumpkin.

Cuomo: Genius. Absolute genius. He's like fucking brain dead that guy. Dumb as a box of bricks. Where do I send the check?

Democratic Party Operative: Check? Check my ass. You can pay me cash and if you don't have it I'll be right here while you run along to the ATM.

Cuomo: Time me. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mr. King Goes to Washington, Adios Mofo (Warning: Bad Words)

The Little Fella is Going Up in an Airplane! 

I really want to use the phrase "addition by subtraction" in bidding adieu to one of the most incompetent, unqualified, petulant pieces of shit  ever to tumble out of the New York State ed reform sanitary pipeline. Good bye Lil John King. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. The unqualified Charter School apparatchik anointed by Meryl Tisch and a roomful of Gas-X chugging, spotted Regents to drive New York State into the turf has been tapped to join the reformy fun and excellence in Obamaland. Presumably, Johnny will serve to inflate Arne Duncan's basketballs and refill the all the grit dispensers around the office. If you weren't sure how absolutely toxic, misguided and  brainless Obama's Department of Education was, just think for a second -- they sought this nitwit out!  It's always a good day when you say good bye to a politically embedded invertebrate especially one with King's insufferable pedigree of the petulant nerd. Not the nice, hapless nerd you stuck up for in the  junior high cafeteria either but the prickly, anti social nerd,who, after you stuck up for him, told on you for letting another guy copy your homework.  Yeah that's the kind of wanker we're talking about. 
If you saw John King in action when he and Tischy and Regentus Flatulentus Bennett went on their little barnstorming tour of the Empire State last year, you know of what I write. John King is an arrogant, condescending prick and doesn't even bother trying to hide it. He pontificates in favor of Common Core and high stakes testing then sends his own kids to private schools where it isn't even dreamed of. He lectures about teacher accountability when the school he "ran" in Mass. led the state in student suspensions. After touring the entire state where was hammered everywhere he went with the message that parents, kids and teachers are sick of the test and punish culture of NYSED. But when it was all done he doubled down on test and punish as if he hadn't heard a single word anyone had said. Make no mistake we are tickled to be rid of this miserable, tone deaf, people skill deficient knockoff educator. I guess we may as well enjoy this moment too since we're all pretty sure there's plenty more where he came from. I was surprised the other day when it became apparent my students were unfamiliar with the phrase "out of the frying pan and into the fire." Let me hope for a moment in this season of miracles that we too may remain at least vaguely disconnected to the phrase and all of its attendant consequences. At least for a while...
And for now Yeeeeee-haaaaaw! We're down one ed reforming schmuck here in New York State. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The World's Most Trusted Non Educator is Coming to B-Lo

Ever get that weird, sketchy vibe when someone who is not an MD insists on referencing himself as "doctor" everywhere he goes -- even on the Twitter? If not you'll be glad to know that "Dr." Steve Perry who also references himself as "The World's Most Trusted Educator" is coming to our little outpost on Lake Erie. The endless self referencing as "doctor" is obnoxious make no mistake but you've really gotta give it to a guy with Zero time in the classroom calling himself "an educator" for openers and once he's warmed up he becomes The World's Most Trusted Educator? Stevie, Please. If I were one to take this kind of clown seriously I'd have to inquire what measurements he used to measure "trust" and where he did his sampling. If it was as rigorous as his alleged doctorate it would amount to making half a dozen phone calls  to Upward Bound staffers then recommending ways future researchers could elaborate on his "body of work." Mercedes Schneider does not suffer fools. She examines the lack of rigor and grit in Perry's doctoral thesis HERE.  Among other eyebrow raising facts, he only had to have one professor sign off on his doctoral degree. Dr. Schneider points out that her own doctorate took twice as long, included twice as many credit hours and had to be approved by 5 separate professors including the Dean of Education. I already think I trust her more... In an educated version of the bitchslap Schneider compares Perry's diaphanous dabbling with scholarship in his lightweight doctorate program to a woman who gets married so she can have a diamond ring. Owch. She adds "Perry has earned a “cereal box doctorate”: Buy the cereal; pull out the prize. That’s it." Owch. Owch. But that's why we love Mercedes Schneider who doesn't affix "doctor" to her name even though she possesses an actual Ph.D. in Applied Statistics, is crazy smart and cranks out dizzying amounts of mini dissertations with citations between dinner and bedtime. 

Ahh but we've see this sideshow before haven't we friends? The ed reformer playbook is not a complex canon. For openers it involves maligning public school teachers and their unions. Dr. Steve in a fairly well known public ejaculation called teacher unions "roaches." Accusing public schools, teachers and unions of perpetuating racism is another must from the ed reformer's script. Dr. Steve likes to play the hood thug in a snappy suit card when he thinks he can get away with it. In another of his more notorious twitterings he snarled about being denied the chance to charterize a local school saying "there will be head injuries." So we've got the attacks, the posturing, the race card in play and now we turn to another time honored tradition of the reform/privatization crowd : the outlandish promise. Dr. Steve's students all get accepted to college. And if you don't want to go to college, go somewhere else. Yes, he's actually said that too. True to ed reform form, Dr. Steve has a few cards up his sleeve and probably a few stuck to the bottom of the table too when it comes to fulfilling his wild claim that all of the kids in his school get into college. Are you wondering about the population of his school? Like how many of them would be considered living below the poverty level? The common metric for determining this is how many of them get free or reduced lunched? Well according to the available data it's somewhere around 40%. On one hand that's nothing to sneeze at but then again, the public schools in his area, the ones he claims are taught by roaches, have closer to 95% of their kids eating free or reduced.

 If you are still reading I am guessing you're already moving onto the next pieces of data our ed reformers don't want anyone to know about in spite of the fact that they claim to live, breathe and fart data. How many emerging English learners does Dr. Steve take on at his excellent, reformy little school? Mmmmm, this one is going to hurt, Dr. Steve, but we want you to earn all that trust so...

There's Dr. Steve's Capital Prep hovering right below the 5% mark while the roach instructed public schools all around his little island of reformy grit approach 30%. Anyone see how this might give Dr. Steve a slight leg up on all the competition? And if there's another sore spot the ed reform crowd gets clinically butthurt over it's when we card carrying roaches mention the way ed reformers like to unload, dump, expel and/or "counsel out" kids with learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral problems and the like. Dr. Steve is no fan of sparing the rod so to speak. He is all about correction. If you're still reading you have a pretty good idea how far this "Daddy knows best" bullshit flies with some of our traumatized, emotionally labile learners. It doesn't. Get in some of these kids' faces with your No Excuses tough guy bullshit and you'll end up an expert on your union's dental coverage. We all know that though and act accordingly in public schools. Therefore, places like Dr. Steve's House of Correction make damned sure these kids go somewhere else. Have a look: 

Once again, Dr. Steve demonstrates how the ed reform crowd "runs it like a business." If you can pick where your raw materials come from, rejecting all and any that don't seem exactly what you want, it sure makes the whole process a lot easier. It's not so hard to catch a big fish when you can fish from a barrel of your own filling. And maybe it's Dr. Steve's habit of  cherry picking an ideal student population that makes running his school such a breeze. Maybe that's why he's absent from school about 25% of the time too.  This from Jonathan Pelto a Connecticut ed blogger  who is something of an expert on Dr. Steve's peccadilloes: 

As 2013 came to an end, Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry had missed about 30 of 127 school days, which was about 24 percent of all school days since the 2013-2014 Capital Prep school year had begun. As of the beginning of October 2014, Perry had already been way from Capital Prep for an incredible 55 days, of which about 30 or so were school days. In fact, since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Perry’s absentee rate is nearly 25 percent. This disregard for his duties as a full-time employee of the Hartford Public Schools comes at a time when federal, state and local officials are cracking down on absenteeism.

I wonder what names Dr. Steve would call a union teacher who missed so much work? I wonder what names union teachers would call a guy like this without 5 minutes of teaching experience calling himself  "The Most Trusted Educator in the World?" Talk amongst yourselves and tell him when he slithers into Buffalo next week. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

NYSUT Leadership Takes a Page from Cuomo's Art of War

Never one to take responsibility for a misstep, Sheriff Andy Cuomo spent part of the weekend castigating the National Weather Service for essentially lying and misleading the public about the depth, breadth, intensity and gravity of the storm going into the books as "Snowvember." I listened to his press conference in slightly stunned amazement on my garage radio Saturday while cutting breadbox sized blocks of compressed snow with an inch of ice at the bottom in my driveway as a gentle rain fell. The rain and the waist deep snow were surreal to be sure but  nothing compared to the accompanying audio of Cuomo blaming the NWS the way a drunk damns the bartender or a toddler blames the crack in the sidewalk. We were warned. We scoffed as we usually do. I made my usual wisecracks about fighting soccer moms over a gallon of 1% and a dozen eggs at Wegman's. Then I quietly scarfed up about 5 gallons just in case... The predictions were dire. Not inches but feet. And after we got the feet they predicted they said hang on folks,  it's not over yet, there's more coming Thursday night and it won't be inches then either, it will be one to two more feet on top of what you already have. By then most of us had converted and smartasses like your humble narrator were past wisecracks and wondering if Dollar General had any milk. Local weather guru and actually college educated in meteorology tv weatherman Don Paul offered this on his FB page:

Governor Cuomo's attempt to scapegoat the National Weather Service for an inaccurate forecast in advance is not only completely in error—the NWS did an outstanding job—but is a disservice to the public and to the hard-working staff of this federal agency. No forecast of such an historical disaster is going to be absolutely perfect, but no one who lives here can say this event was not well forecast in advance, or that the warning headlines of its impact to come were not well explained in advance...his statement is disinformation, purposeful or ill-informed. Twitter offers this for further proof that Gubner Andy is spinning his wheels in the snow: 

Good thing Cuomo isn't being evaluated on his ability to comprehend the text. Maybe a few close readings might further his grasp of what did and didn't happen around here. I find the college sophomore yellow hi-liter's work particularly damaging to the Gubner's claims. (John Oliver had to postpone his show at UB Tuesday night managing to get off a blast about Buffalo and our "ridiculous thunder snow" in his tweet.) 

And by sheer finger pointing coincidence word has reached us through the snow that Cuomo's minions in NYSUT -- in spite of what they claim, they are his crew, the same way Weingarten is his girl -- are using election data to harass union members for not voting on election day. What? Yes. NYSUT "leaders" like Karen McWho? are hammering local union leadership and blaming members for failing to vote (against Cuomo?) last time around. I read on the twitter where one of Cuomo's henchmen threatened his sheep that after election day they would have a list of who voted and who didn't and it would be used the way politicians use such data to punish anyone who didn't Harrumph at the proper point in time: 

Coming from a Cuomo operative one tends to shrug and say Yeah that's Andy's team all right, that and the lawyer who suggested Astorino's running mate, Sheriff Chris Moss could find work on the box of Cream of Wheat or fill in for Aunt Jemima after the election. No shocker there really. But when you learn that your union leadership who fake fumbled the ball when it had a chance to endorse and rally behind Zephyr Teachout is borrowing a page from Cuomo's book of thuggery it makes you re-think your Vote Cope donations at very least. For NYSUT "leadership" to blame members for losing an election in which NYSUT "leadership" willfully aided, abetted and enabled Cuomo is simply unacceptable. But then again their Patron Saint Randi Weingarten's robocalls on behalf of Cuomo's running mate Kathy God Guns and Get the Hell Back to Honduras Hochul was equally unacceptable. As was the sweet pension deal they made for themselves but fought to hell and back again to prevent outgoing Ianuzzi guy Peter Cutler from getting. As is the directionless, spineless, stool at the table excuse of Quisling leadership slurping crepes at the Fort Orange Club while the rest of us brace for Cuomo's breakup of "the last monopoly" into which he's caricatured educational professionals. I once worked in a building with a Principal who'd been a Mayor of Lackawanna at the height of the steel era -- which is to say at the height of Lack City's political corruption. He'd been run out as Superintendent of the same city by political enemies and landed on his feet in Buffalo. It was widely shared that he could call Albany and get Mario Cuomo on the phone in the time it took to change classes. While we walked the halls one morning in one of Buffalo's most dangerous and since shuttered high schools, he explained to me that politics was a game. "You take care of your friends" he said, then smiled a nasty grin adding, "And you stick it to your enemies. And one is just as important as the other."  Not sure how the rest of you are feeling these days but I for one am about sick of my so called friends sticking it to me every time I turn around. What's left for my enemies? 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Why Larry Quinn Is on His Way Out

Pssst... Wanna know why Buffalo School Board member Larry Quinn is in trouble? He's a wienie. And if there's one thing B-lonians will not abide it's a wienie. Carl Paladino, on the other hand, is a loose cannon. He's got a trail of wreckage in his wake that includes racist  and bestiality emails and threats to journalists (if you can call Fred Dicker a journalist). He's got conflicts of interest all over the place with his charter school leases in place as he sits on a public school board. Carl can be profane and abusive as seen in this encounter detailed by Alan Bedenko aka "Buffalo Pundit" a month or so ago when he was still with Artvoice: 

 As we both extended hands to shake in greeting, I hesitated and said, “you don’t like me. I’m Alan Bedenko”. At this he recoiled and inquired whether I was fucking serious. When I answered in the affirmative, he took a step or two back to tell me that I’m “a real fucking asshole, you know that?”  I replied that yes, indeed, I am, as I grinned from ear to ear.  He went on to berate me as a “disgrace” and a “fucking coward”.  I continued smiling as this old man angrily spat expletives at me on a sidewalk, in front of people, on a cool Buffalo night. He then went inside in disgust, informing the people with whom I was chatting that he would not speak to them while they were talking to an asshole like me. It was surreal. 

Yeah, that's the guy. You can read the rest of this bizarre but not uncommon tete a tete HERE. What's really true of this profanity laced interaction is that BP sums up the communal response to a guy, a public figure, an elected school board member no less, laying into another adult publicly with the dysfunctional summary statement of "That's just Carl being Carl."  Whut?  Anyone from outside our little snowglobe here by the lake night say "Are YOU fucking serious?" Yes, we somehow tolerate this guy in all of his invective spewing rage fueled misbehavior because he's Carl. He used Harley Davidson colors in his campaign when he ran for Governor. He strutted around with a baseball bat menacing Cuomo and anyone like him. His love child from an extramarital affair emerged from the shadows after ten years or so. But Carl buys drinks. He got rid of the Ogden Street and Niagara toll booths. He lost a son in a tragic car accident. And for all of this we accept Carl and even those of us who think we hate his guts know he's at worst a broken clock that still manages to be right twice a day.

Larry Quinn, on the other hand, has no such charms. Where Carl swings a bat we expect to see Quinn hefting a Polo mallet and awkwardly at that. If Carl unloads on a local journalist with a fountain of F-bombs, Quinn snatches a hairpiece off the head of a guy who goes about 5'3" and whips it across the room.  Where Carl gets a free pass and ringside seats, Quinn will get the doorman's forearm stretched across his chest with a "Where you think you're going fella?"  Since Carl brought Quinn with him to visit Lafayette High School and Quinn showed everyone what a contemptuous, dismissive prick he is, everyone is going to be watching. And now that we've seen Quinn's petulance -- saying of the faculty "I only came here as a favor to Carl I didn't want to meet with these clowns" his disdain for working people, calling teacher leader Pat Foster "an idiot" you can be sure Larry will make some half hearted obligatory attempt to reign in his tongue. But we all know better. A guy like Quinn is not going to negotiate these waters with grace or skill. He's going to be spending a lot of time out of his boat getting bounced around in the rapids. The peek he gave Buffalonians of his true self at Lafayette is just the beginning of Larry Quinn's unraveling. Carl tried to apologize away Quinn's boorish antics when pressed about it by a news reporter. He admitted Quinn was rude and unprofessional in his dealings with school officials and teachers. He then tried to slip a card from his sleeve hoping nobody would notice describing the performance as "a bad hair day." He should have said "That's just Larry Being Larry." 

Friday, November 14, 2014

School Board Member Larry Quinn Tells Teachers What He Really Thinks of Them.

Education Expert Larry Quinn

Enquiring minds have been told that Buffalo Board of Education members Larry Quinn and Carl Paladino paid a visit to Lafayette High School the other day. Onlookers reported Carl's demeanor was subdued and friendly for the duration of the visit. Larry Quinn, errr... not so much. It has been reported that Quinn was overheard in a loud clear voice referencing teachers there as "clowns" whom he did not want to meet with. This from a guy who, when he was helping drive the Buffalo Sabres into the ground -- You don't have one of those nice Briere or Drury jerseys I hope --  snatched Art Wander's toupee off his head and flung it across a roomful of people. Maybe the Tiny Tot of the Kilowatt hit a nerve with his hockey commentary? I heard that story from an on air local sports guy years ago and it never quite left me as a signpost of the Quinn's character deficit. Clowns. Nice.

Found an hilarious old rant about him too when he was "helping" the Sabres. It's called Why the Hell Does Larry Quinn Talk? Funny how some things never change. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Election Deja Vu in B-Lo

Election day was something of a deja vu for us in B-lo's Ed Scene. Back in May we had a school board election that ousted one majority and swept in another in an eerily similar manner as the country witnessed on Black Tuesday. 

Nationally it seems President Obama was bitchslapped by an angry, impatient, potentially racially charged voting bloc that seemed hellbent on throwing Democrats out of office simply because of their association with him, his policies and the merest hint of a connection to him or his office. I'll admit I have little sympathy for Democrats in light of what John Stewart called their Chickenshit Strategy.  Their spinelessness aside I have also grown weary of these neoliberals trying to out-Republican the GOP on everything from The Keystone Pipeline to Education Reform so called. It's not that I look forward to the onslaught of privatization, pollution enabling, bank deregulation, destruction of public educations and vilification of unions that the incoming crew promises to unleash on the morons who voted them in. Not at all. I dread what's been turned loose. But I loathe and despise the do nothing Democrats who helped create the leadership vacuum wherein the GOP and its operatives could stand up on their hind legs and howl their way into office. Pissed off voters headed to the voting booth with an anybody but you mentality did not appear from the ether. They were spawned and tweaked and agitated and ignored over and over again until they eventually morphed into the mindless fuckyoubots who scribbled in the fuck you circles and slammed their little ballot into the computer with a grimace and a grunt.

Here in B-lo we endured a similar dynamic with our own Board of Education election in May. The prevailing majority of last year and many years previous was made up of African American women, affectionately known as The Sisterhood by one of their loudest critics who now sits alongside their remnants on the board. Carl Paladino couldn't get out of his own way when he ran against Andrew Cuomo for Governor. His love child, hushed up for some 10 years, emerged from the shadows, his racist, perverted emails were handed over to all the right sources (some say by the staff of his cousin in law Congressman Brian Higgins.) Carl completely lost it one night on the campaign trail and threatened Fred Dicker of the NY Post saying "I will take you out." In short he was a train wreck whose machismo played well in South Buffalo but not so well in parts of the state where he couldn't walk in and buy drinks for the house.  But like any other broken clock Carl had his moments, especially when it came to The Sisterhood and their endless repertoire of shiftless appointments, inexplicable dismissals and a seemingly interminable ability to treat themselves to conferences and perks and catered meals all on the taxpayer's dime. When Amber Dixon was working as Interim Superintendent after James Williams was finally run out of town, it was common knowledge that the board majority had no plans whatsoever to allow her to remain in the job. Furthermore it was also repeated as least once by a fellow board member at the time that there was no way in hell they were going to allow a white woman to be Superintendent. And they didn't -- in spite of the fact that Dixon was a local who'd come up in the system, knew the system, its strengths and weaknesses and had a plan on where to start undoing their boy Williams' damage. The Sisterhood sent her packing and brought in Pamela Brown, PhD Harvard, who dithered, hid, lied, colluded and was eventually run off same as Williams after reportedly writing all of her own letters of recommendation which she was to present to future employers as though board members had penned them. Without spending a lot of time with all the days and ways of the Sorority Majority's manifest misdeeds let's just say they polluted the air, land and water with their antics and truthfully set the stage for anyone to come in and "trow da bumzout!" Well, not just anyone, but you get the drift.

Sadly, the so called White Knights of Buffalo's Board of Ed are exactly that. If not royalty, they are used to life at court and being surrounded by lackeys who do their bidding and taste test their drinks. On Board of Ed election night their official newsletter aka The Buffalo News reported with fawning admiration how freshly elected member, Larry Quinn, former part owner of the Sabres was sipping wine and snorkeling shrimp at an elevated table in Bacchus wine bar, chatting with local developer/charter operator Frank McGuire who also happens to be Paladino's partner in the charter that used to be Holy Angels School. Coincidence? James Sampson another member of the Caucasian Caucus as I will dub the pale knights, happens to be the Vice President of West Buffalo Charter School where Paladino is also the landlord. Are you starting to hear them banjos yet boy? It's gettin just a hair incenstuous if ye gather my drift.  And recently Paladino gave a little speech were he promised as a sitting board member to a group of local businessmen that he was going to dissemble the Buffalo Public Schools, promote charters, hand out vouchers to private schools and essentially do everything in his power to end public education as we know it. Yes he said this as a board member who leases properties to no fewer than 3 charter schools currently with one for sure and another likely in the pipeline. 

Yesterday I was on the twitter and I noticed a tweet directing readers to a blog written by one of the Board's former majority. While I agree with her message about Paladino and the dire outlook for Buffalo's schools I have a really hard time feeling too bad for her or any of her remaining holdovers from the old Majority. Here is her blog and this is the comment I left for her: 

 Unfortunately, the board's last majority so thoroughly enraged voters with a litany of shiftlessness, terrible hirings and the persistent appearance of anti white bias that you created the environment where Paladino and his privileged white cadre could breeze into office. He couldn't have come to power without your help.

I kind of think they deserved it more than Obama did but I'll reserve my tears for some worthier cause, like the men's room running out of paper hand towels. It'd be different if they simply ended their own careers by pissing off the meager percentage of citizens who vote in school board elections. But in reality they have gambled with the future of public education and in losing they've handed it over to the rich white guys all for the sake of hiring their pals and pocketing the petty rewards to be gotten from abusing the public trust. I hope it was worth it ladies.