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State teachers union, BTF file official petitions to remove Carl Paladino from the school board

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 21:39:57-05

Buffalo teachers have filed a petition to remove Carl Paladino from the school board just four days before the deadline.

Five Buffalo teachers with the support of the New York State United Teachers filed an 18-page application with the State Education Department on Wednesday. The Buffalo Teachers Federation also filed a petition, with affidavits from 10 teachers.

The teachers want Paladino removed for "racially inflammatory statements" about President Obama, the First Lady and African-Americans, failing in his role as a leader for the school community.

The petition from the state teacher's union says Paladino's "actions and statements negatively affect the ability of teachers to do their job in teaching students tolerance, kindness and self-respect...and have interfered with the delivery of education services to the students of the Buffalo City School District."

The petition cites the Dignity for All Students Act, which ensures a harassment-, bullying-, and discrimination-free environment for learning.