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A recent editorial regarding North District School Board Member and Board President Donald Van Every's decision not to seek re-election misplaced some of the blame for a stagnant educational system here in Buffalo. While complimenting him for some of his efforts, The News also unfairly criticized one of the most dynamic School Board members we have seen in years.

Through Mr. Van Every's leadership, we saw the beginnings of a shake-up of a lackluster administration that has been long overdue. Rather than criticizing him for not being able to change a system that has been entrenched for decades in his one year as president of the board, The News should have been critical of those members who have failed to see the wisdom of his leadership.

Too many members accept the administration's recommendations without the benefit of asking questions. Too many readily accept the status quo, when parents, teachers and administrators themselves agree that the status quo is no longer acceptable for our children.

I know how hard it is to change an entrenched bureaucracy. I have come to realize that it takes more than one person and more than one year to bring about changes that constituencies demand.

As an elected official and a parent of three children attending Buffalo Public Schools, I am going to miss Donald Van Every's knowledge and dynamic leadership on the Board of Education.

Common Council Member, North District

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