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, January 15, 2012

Student submits proposal for non-voting member on school board

He's young, gifted and black. His name is Stephon Wright, a student at Emerson High School, a Buffalo City School District premier culinary school.

He told the Buffalo school board they should serve food as a way to bring people together.

What else does he want? 

He submitted a proposal to the board to appoint a student as a non-voting member on the school board. Stephon was a candidate to fill the at-large seat Chris Jacobs vacated recently to become Erie County Clerk.

Although not appointed, his proposal merits consideration and the school board should develop a process to appoint a student to serve on the board.

There are student reps on school boards across the nation. And their voices are needed now to provide a student perspective on educational policies that impact them.

Photo credit: Buffalo News

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