Developer Carl Paladino calls for boarding schools
BUFFALO, NY-- Buffalo businessman and developer Carl Paladino says boarding schools may be an answer for the city schools' low graduation rate and various problems in the districts.
Paladino, who ran as the Republican candidate for NYS governor last year, told Common Council's Education Committee that school administrators are failing to help some of the city's students in serious need. He cited the example of some young black men who cannot fill out a job application at his business because they lack proper reading and writing skills.
Council members were told that just over 57 percent of Buffalo students graduate and only 31 percent of black males actually get a diploma. Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen called for an education summit to address the issues. Councilman Michael Kearns said he would not back any increased funding for city schools unless he saw efforts to improve.
Paladino said he was impressed by a recent television report on boarding schools in Minnesota. He says such schools for children ages six and up would help provide esteem as they would wear clean uniforms, get decent meals and learn basic study skills to succeed in school and in life.
Paladino says that could also help correct problems for troubled children in dysfunctional families and give them a better chance in life. School officials at the meeting said everything should be on the table as they seek solutions.
District Superintendent Dr. James Williams did not attend the meeting. He has been the target of frequent criticism from Paladino.
School Board President Ralph Hernandez tells 2 On Your Side that some suggestions may require state legislation or approval. But he has invited Paladino to appear before the school board to present his ideas on February 2nd at City Hall.