Niagara Gazette — Of particular trouble with the now “old” petitions was the affidavit where the collector of the signatures had to sign that they actually knew and had witnessed each signatory on the petition. Some of those petitions brought me a great deal of doubt as to the integrity of the people who signed.
What’s the board’s solution? Get rid of the affidavits.
But blatantly wrong with all of the petitions was that required and missing column that indicated the date when the signatory had signed — and, according to some, it had been missing for more than 30 years.
What’s the board’s solution?
Now get this, kids. Because everyone got that wrong, then it just doesn’t count. Try that on your next test.
Last July, I wrote a column on how one school board took a high school competency test and failed it.
I defended that board because, as CBS Radio commentator Dave Ross asked, “Do we want our kids to be dumber than we are?”
Of course not, but if that school board was indeed dumber than its “apple” students who passed the competency test, then how worse off would you expect a school board that oversees “oranges” to be?
Despite their inability to properly run petitions, while we expect honesty, openness and integrity from our students, then should we not expect the same from the administration and the board?
In closing, schools’ attorney Angelo Massaro told the board that if its candidates had followed their own petitioning rules (instead of screwing up the petitions that they did pass) then there would not have been any eligible school board candidates to be elected at all.
One has to wonder, given the ranking of our education system, and the way that it is run, is no school board members at all such a bad idea?
I’m just asking.
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