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

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Parent alleges applications in District 16 Brooklyn for Community Education Councils discarded to give them no voice

"The city is having trouble finding enough parents to run for seats on local Community Education Councils. As of Friday, only 341 applied for a total of 425 seats, according to the Department of Education." But a parent is refuting there is a lack of interested parents. She said the  story in the WNYC News is misleading. While others believe they have no power only an advisory role after the old community school boards abolished under mayoral rule in 2002.
According to this parent her version is, "the article it's misleading. I teach in D16 and am a parent of a child who attends school in D2. I applied and got no response, nothing. But they're complaining about low to no response in D16. I think they discard D16 applicants so they will have no voice. D16 is a DINI and has been for the past 20 years."
And another stated, "the system is design to turn away parents of children that truly care about their children's education and that's why Charters have gained in popularity. While a school like mine has a large number of children whose parents either don't care or don't know what's happening with their children in school you have parents who are turned away when they want to do something. I believe that this is the way they want it-the powers that be that is."

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
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Arne Duncan
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