Education is a right-Fight! Fight! Fight!
ELINOR TATUM Publisher and Editor in Chief | 12/28/2012, 10:52 a.m.
While Wadleigh will stay in the community it still needs to be supported properly. It does not need to be replaced next year or the year after with another Success Academy where they "counsel out" our children and simply teach them to tests, not to be particularly productive members of our society.
Wadleigh can only stay intact if it has the support it needs to be an excellent school, one that educates the whole student. No one wants to send their child to a failing school. As a community, we must stand together and make Wadleigh and our other schools successes, not statistics.
While we have won this fight, there will be another one tomorrow and the next day and the next.
When the DOE won't support our schools, we as a community must force and demand and fight for that support.
We must partner with labor and community groups, elected officials and others who believe our children deserve an excellent public education. It is time we take our schools back. If we don't do it now, we will lose another generation.
Our children deserve a great education, and we can't hope and expect the billionaire mayor to look out for our interests. Instead, we must remember, recall and reinvigorate the idealism and hope of those far-off days of the Niagara Movement and Du Bois. We won this one, but tomorrow is another day.