Wow. The Buffalo Snooze is really cranking up the union hating, teacher bashing, Phil Rumore is Beelzebub rhetoric these days. Today the editorial high wattage at The News was furiously applauding the arrival of DRPAMELACBROWN and her kinder gentler Superintendency. James Williams is gone. Love live the queen or something to that effect I think they said. But isn't it comical how they'd like to revise history and pretend they were onto Williams from day one. Looks to me as though they are simply repeating the pattern of their last big wet sloppy editorial fawning all over the new Superintendent same as they did that jackass Williams. Let me remind everyone for the record the "reporters" (I like Heaney's term better - lapdogs not watchdogs) sat on their keyboards, whistling and crossing their fingers hoping things would get better. Williams fired attendance teachers, you know the folks who used to go door to door rousting the slugs and slug parents who only show up to school when they are hungry, horny or looking for a drug sale or fight? Then Williams laid off a bunch of administrators many of whom sat home burning their sick time that a lot of people prefer to trade in at retirement for something like .20 cents on a dollar. Williams tried to arm twist people into dropping litigation against his administration for some of his other illegal antics saying if the lawsuits went away he'd consider rehiring some folks. Thankfully he was told to stick his offer where some board members were putting their noses and it never happened. Somewhere in all of this he told a roomful of adults he'd like to take Phil Rumore BTF President out into an alley and kick his ass. To give himself a little country cred he also told some dumbass yarn about the snakes in his grandpappy's tall grass or some shite and likened Rumore to one of them too. All the while here is what the News had to say about the loose cannon brought to Buffalo by Robert Wilmers of M&T Bank an avowed union hater and charter school advocate :
Yep that was it. They didn't say squat. They looked the other way, they wrote about sports and weather and the problems Byron Casey was having down at City Hall. All the while the rogue elephant was sitting in the middle of the room braying and thrashing around like some deranged ex convict and all the Buffalo News could do was pretend it wasn't happening. Finally a teacher and a kid were both stomped by a group of idiots pretending to be students at BAVPA. The teacher went out on leave with injuries and the kid was knocked senseless. And when the smoke cleared everyone watched as Williams escorted the group of thugs back into the school were they'd assaulted a teacher and a fellow student and gave each of them his cell number and instructions to call him and tattle if any of the adults in the school hurt their little feelings. In a once blue collar town that still shows flashes of common sense this coddling of criminals and marginalizing of an injured teacher and an injured student was not going to play well. The News FINALLY had to abandon their master and wonder out loud what exactly he was doing.
Two people I know who've dealt with her in person described DRPAMELACBROWN as standoffish and arrogant in her demeanor towards them. But somehow the Buffalo News has zeroed in on her softer side, painting a mural of a postage stamp. They are thrilled she is here because she is also going to use DATA!!!! Yessssssssss. I was really hoping she'd say that almost as much as I love it when a multi million dollar contracted pro athlete tells us he had to leave San Diego and go to New York for the extra 6 million because he needs to take care of his family. James Williams also promised us a data driven administration. As he drove the data all came back lower for each graduation year he was here. Not bad for a hustler in a suit with a questionable doctorate degree huh ?
While the Brain trust at the News ed Board was percolating about the warm and fuzzy emanating from City Hall they were quick to remind us that there still lurks a dark shadow over the land. (Cue 3 note descending flourish here) It's he whose name shall not be spoken :
The bad news is that the Buffalo Teachers Federation remains what it has been for decades: a boot on the throats of Buffalo’s students and on the city’s hopes for economic revival. And given the retrogressive approach of BTF President Philip Rumore, there is little chance that anything will change, absent significant revisions to the current contract."
It's nearly impossible to formulate much of a response to this kind of churlish nonsense. So I'll do the best I can and say Blow Me, News ed Board.