Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cathie Black Skipped Student Press Conference

 Students at Francis Lewis High School  in Queens attend classes in an overcrowded building designed for 2,800 students,  the enrollement is 4,200 today. Overcrowding at the high school one of the issues on the agenda  students wanted to discuss with the incoming Chancellor  Cathie Black. But she never showed up  to the press conference or meeting on Thursday, December 9th at 7 AM at the school. They are among the brightest and academically talented ethnically diverse students in the New York City Schools.
In a  NY1 video   student leaders said,   "Students are lacking in inspiration at a time  when they need it most."Others cited how"students...who live in ...bad neighborhoods who want to go to their zone schools...forced to leave because of violence." And they want to "...understand  what it is (Cathie Black) plans to do about issues ...within...the school system."  They just "want to know her plan." Still others like Khaair Morrison say, "Students are in the classrooms students see the budget cut first hand."
Violence in the schools, the school budget cuts, school closings,  as well as disparities in the curriculum and college prep other issues and concerns  they listed on the flyer.
Instead of meeting with the student leaders,  the NYC Department of Education said the Chancellor could not attend their meeting.  Meanwhile, she visited mostly elementary schools doing  photo op with the pre-school and kindergarten children unlikely to ask her any critical questions.
The parents in June this year received a letter from Joel Klein, NYC Schools Chancellor about the up-coming budget cuts and the  more "shared sacrifices" the students have to continue making. What  would Francis Lewis (1713-1802)  say to the students? He signed the Declaration of Independence active in the Revolutionary movement,  a likely leader of the New York Sons of Liberty, and member of the NY Revolutionary committee that later had helped to set up the State government.
Or the great African-American abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)words:
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
Frederick Douglass, 1857



  1. The inspiring words of America's greatest men and women mean nothing to today's politicos. Zero. Zip. Nada.

  2. Very interesting article here from an educator, who is also a lawyer on one of the teams that filed a lawsuit against Cathie Black -- he says the EEOC law are violated and I believe him. That is why I hope you file an EEOC complaint (I almost did):

    "Cathie Black Transition Blues" by David Bloomfield on Huffington Post


Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo