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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Student leaders at Francis Lewis High School hope new chancellor joins them at a rally to help him save the school that got him where he is today

Khaair Morrison,
Francis Lewis High School
By Khaair Morrison
We are all excited at Francis Lewis High School about the new Chancellor's appointment. At the same time, we are hoping that he brings the change the school system in NYC needs. With all the politics and false hopes over the past few years, students like me can't help but be a little worried and a bit anxious to see what this means for the city. 
I recall a couple of students and I reached out to Cathie Black and the new Chancellor Walcott. After only a weeks time they came to our school, and most of us students in the meeting agreed on the fact that we thought he should have been the Chancellor in the first place. Walcott came prepared with a pen and a pad ready to take notes on what the students had to say. Walcott was real in all his answers, and by the way answered most of the questions due to Black's inexperience. He said "he likes tough fights."
On April 29th many of us at Francis Lewis and educators around the city are planning a rally outside the school for reform in the education system, to stop overcrowding, help our school, and to stop cutting teachers. 
We are hoping we can get the new Chancellor out there to help him save the same school that got him where he is today. We are at a turning point in this city. We have a lot of work to do, and we cannot wait a week, a month, or a year. It must be done now !

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