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WASHINGTON -- The Council of the Great City
Schools, the nation’s primary coalition of large city public school systems,
condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent statements by Buffalo
school board member Carl Paladino about President Barack Obama and First Lady
Michelle Obama. Mr. Paladino demonstrated a craven disregard for the dignity of
the first family, and the ugly and racist nature of his statements reflects
poorly on all of us in public education.
Statement by Michael Casserly, Executive Director
Council of the Great City Schools
Condemning Recent Remarks by Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino
Regardless of whether they were
spoken in the conduct of his duties as a public official, Mr. Paladino’s
loathsome words set an example of intolerance for all the students that we are
charged with teaching and guiding.
There is simply no place in our
public dialogue for an elected school board member to spew such hatred. The
Council calls on officials in New York state to take the steps necessary to
remove Mr. Paladino from office.