Chronicle Mclain, a high school student in Buffalo, testifies passionately before the Board of Education, in protest against closing his “low-performing” school and handing it over to a charter. He notices that at least one Board member is texting as he is speaking, and he says if he did that in class he would be called “low-performing.” The board member, a real estate developer who was recruited to the Board by charter champion Carl Paladino, ignores the student and continues texting as the young man is speaking.


Talk about respect! Why would someone serve on a city’s Board of Education who has such obvious disdain for students?