New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has made the rare decision to hold an in-person, public hearing to decide whether Carl P. Paladino can remain on the Buffalo School Board.
Elia's decision comes nearly four months after Paladino's racially charged comments about former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama elicited intense public calls for his removal. Four different groups filed formal petitions asking the commissioner to exercise her power to remove him, and protesters continue to interrupt School Board meetings insisting on his dismissal.
"It really has been a major distraction and it has hampered the work of the board for many reasons," School Board President Barbara A. Seals Nevergold said of the ongoing issue. "The time frame that it has taken to get to this point has been a lot longer than anybody thought. It's important for members of the community to understand that this is a process. It’s a legal process. It requires that both parties have an opportunity to make their case."
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Source: The Buffalo News (via The Empire Report)