What if there were no Buffalo Board of Education? That’s one of the ideas respondents to a Buffalo News survey floated. They suggested Mayor Byron W. Brown might want to follow in the path laid out by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who got state permission to take over his city school system. The Board of Education was abolished. The schools chancellor – the equivalent of a superintendent – now reports to Bloomberg.
Others suggested a less radical approach: Brown should get control of a few School Board seats so he can influence how school district money is spent and children are educated.