Here we go again folks, the Chameleons are at it again. They've had their land grab paperwork stamped with the New York State's imprimatur and they are holding some more meetings to inform the public of their high minded and noble plans to take East High School and the beautifully revamped Waterfront Elementary building off Buffalo's hands. Mighty white of them don't you
think ? Last time they threw one of these public information hoedowns it didn't quite go as they hoped. See, they only gave less than 24 hours notice and essentially did everything they could to stifle public commentary. The people who did show up included some slightly insulted Waterfront teachers who asked with all due respect Where the hell does this bunch of lawyers and lawyer's wives get off barging in here demanding we hand over our school to them? The reptiles were a bit offput by their less than enthusiastic reception. So they marched out their angry Latino man Emilio Fuentes to rail at teachers and "the system" advising anyone who dared teaching there that they'd better be ready to "take a haircut" come payday. I guess if you whip yourself into a self righteous frenzy, accusing public school teachers of caring less than the doe eyed TFA grads with 5 weeks of teacher training popularly hired by charter schools, you can threaten teachers into working for you?
While the Chameleons will tell us how much they care about "the children" and how "the children" can't wait to be rescued by them, they somehow forgot that a fair number of "the children" at Waterfront are emerging English speakers. Somehow in all of their caring they apparently don't care so much about these kids. In a further testimony to their deep caring for "the children" the bug eaters also forgot to check with Canisius College who happens to be involved with children and the faculty, administration and staff with some works in progress that everyone including parents have all ready agreed upon. NOBODY at the meeting aside from the Chameleons voiced any support for their plan. In a similar fashion, forgive me if I repeat myself here, Professor Joe Gardella from U.B. has made the same observation from East High School. In spite of the work he and his colleagues from U.B. and other groups are all ready engaged in at East, the Chameleons have made no approach to them and apparently don't believe so much in collaboration as they do occupation. Professor Gardella writes in Artvoice : "As one of many education and social service support partners dealing with students at East High, I note that Chameleon has made no effort to contact us to understand or assess our efforts within East’s educational activities. Further, leadership at East High has been effective and vigorous in describing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) focus in the turnaround plan for the school. I wonder how the Chameleon plan will engage the ongoing work without an understanding of what is presently underway."
Here is the schedule, the first meeting is 2 days away :
Community Meeting Dates
Buffalo Board of Education