When a Buffalo Board of Education member promises to “disassemble” the School District, we should question his intent and his motivation. According to the dictionary, the definition of “disassemble” is “to take (something) apart”. Synonyms for “disassemble” include: dismantle, take to pieces, break up, deconstruct, and strip down. Further, “disassemble” is a verb, an action word that connotes the concerted effort it takes to take something apart.
South District School Board member Carl Paladino is on the record talking about his plan to “disassemble” the Buffalo Public School District. Speaking before the Erie County Legislature’s Community Enrichment Committee, chaired by Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick, Paladino explained how he would dismantle the public schools: “We’re going to open charter schools; we’re going to hopefully help the privates and the Catholics to become better and be able to take more kids. We’re supporting the closing of a number of Buffalo Public Schools and turning them into charters….” He concluded by describing his (their) plan further as “…the game that we’re playing.”
This is not the first time that Paladino has spoken of his goal to “disassemble” the District Schools. In a December 2013 interview with Buffalo Rising, he pledged to make a motion that the Board of Education members resign and “
the closing of a number of Buffalo Public Schools and turning them into charters….”