Back in November, we wrote a blog item criticizing the Buffalo school district for redacting chunks of board member Carl Paladino's resolutions with black marker. But the practice, unfortunately, continues.
This week, Paladino submitted five board resolutions for consideration at Wednesday's regular board meeting. One involves the request that the forgery of a parent's signature on school documents be investigated by outside district education lawyer Karl Kristoff. In two places, the name "Mrs. Jones" was covered by a black box.
Mrs. Jones would be Timekia Jones, the parent facilitator at Harvey Austin Elementary School who has accused the principal of having her name forged on a variety of official school documents submitted to the state. The Buffalo News has written no fewer than four prominent stories about this woman over the past three months in which Jones has been extensively quoted. She's also posed for photos, most recently for a story we ran last Tuesday.
News flash to the district: Timekia Jones' name is not a secret, and blacking out her name offers no cloak of confidentiality whatsoever. Moreover, she's not looking for any such protection. This redaction simply reinforces the district's negative reputation for unwarranted secrecy.
Here's a link to Paladino's unredacted resolutions, and below is an image of redacted version. As long as the district persists in blacking out public board resolutions without defensible justification, we'll continue to provide the complete and unredacted version here.
The Buffalo school board will hold its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 801 of City Hall.
-- Sandra Tan