Buffalo School Board is sadly misinformed

I read with interest The News report on the Nov. 7 Buffalo School Board meeting. That night there was a two-and-a-half-hour hearing regarding a proposal to restart Waterfront Elementary and East High Schools as charter schools.

The actions, attitude, misinformation and blatant racism exhibited by the board members is downright embarrassing. They continuously refer to charters as the privatization of public education. It appears they still do not understand that charter schools are public schools. Perhaps someone should try explaining it to them in words of one syllable.

The board asked the sponsors of the Chameleon Community Schools Project why they thought they were qualified to turn around these failing schools. The question better asked should have been what qualifications the board members themselves have to sit on a school board. According to the New York State School Boards Association, all it takes is to be at least 18 years old, a qualified voter and the ability to read and write, at a grade level not specified. These are the people who lead one of the lowest-performing school districts in the nation, yet have the audacity to question the qualifications and intentions of a group of citizens willing and dedicated to do something that the Board of Education hasn’t been able to do in 10 years, 20 years, ever.

I hope the citizens of our community have paid attention to the antics of their elected representatives who act no better than children who didn’t get their way and are throwing a tantrum. Look what your vote has brought you. Please try to do better in the next School Board election.

Kenneth Peterson