Controversial Rally Planned in Support of Buffalo's Superintendent

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The controversy over Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown keeps growing.

On Thursday, two women's groups are planning a major rally in support of Brown. The We Are Women Warriors and Women of Worth groups are calling for a thousand activists and supporters to meet on the steps of City Hall. They argue that Dr. Pamela Brown, who just finished who first year as Superintendent, has not had a chance to fix over the broken school system.

Buffalo has 45 failing schools and more than two-thousand students waiting to be transferred to schools in good standing.

Rally organizer Legislator Betty Jean Grant (D) wrote on her Facebook page that, "there are so many people looking over her shoulders and micro-managing, I don't even know how she has had space enough to exhale." Brown had been in tense negotiations with the state over failing schools and the transfer system over the summer.

However, Brown's toughest critics sent out a memo asking the public not to attend this rally.

School Board Member Carl Paladino wrote that the school district is run by, "the present Superintendent and her misfit group of phony, incompetent and inexperienced 'turn-around experts,' all from someplace else on the planet."