Buffalo Superintendent James Williams, one of the more interesting school leaders in the nation, reportedly called teachers union boss Phil Rumore a liar, a damned liar. and "worse than Idi Amin" in a recent telephone conversation. Amin, of course, was the former dictator of Uganda who killed thousands of his own people in the 1970's.
Williams is apparently standing by his comments, or at least isn't denying he made them.
Oh and yeah, this is all about a big and nasty fight over starting school two weeks earlier next year.
Giddyup. Collective bargaining should be a pay-per-view event in Buffalo.
The power politics on display here are described in the Buffalo News story. (The story, by Peter Simon, also indicates that Williams once threatened to kick Rumore's ass, called him a snake, etc. Wow.)
Basically, the school district wants to start school on Aug. 29, but the school board forgot that the neither the board nor the superintendent is in charge of important stuff like that, Rumore is.
Buffalo's Channel 4 says Rumore's feelings have been hurt. WBEN story is here.
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