BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A rally for Superintendent Pamela Brown Thursday night was sponsored by women's groups who feel she hasn't gotten a fair shake from the media and from some school board members.
Organizer Betty Jean Grant said, "The rally is to support for Superintendent Brown. It has nothing to do with the job she's done here."
Those rallying around Dr. Brown believe her critics have been so harsh, that she has been hampered in launching her vision for the Buffalo School District. She will have to prove herself, they say, but must be given a fair chance.
"We're not saying whether she should be terminated," Grant said. "What we're saying is as long as you are the superintendent, we're going to show you that we're going to allow you to work in atmosphere, a community atmosphere that's going to be conducive to you doing a good job."
Dr. Brown told News 4 she has already produced results for the district, and has every intention of staying.
"Increased graduation rates, increased attendance, increased rate of students applying to and getting accepted to colleges, earning scholarships," she said.
But her leadership has been questioned by State Education Commissioner John King.
"My concern, particularly about Buffalo, has been the struggle that Buffalo has had, just to fulfill the core administrative functions," he said.
Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino says he will call for Dr. Brown's dismissal at next Wednesday's meeting, blaming her for new problems in meeting the demands of state and federal law.
"Obviously created by a lack of consistent, knowledgeable, experienced leadership," he argued.
But right now it appears Paladino may not have the fifth vote necessary to fire Dr. Brown.
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