The battle for our schools in New York City
We are parents, we are students, and we are teachers speaking with one voice: enough playing games with our futures. Enough playing games with our hearts. We want real democracy! It starts not with anger, but with a demand for change to end mayoral control. Every school that brought people here tonight will be able to speak. Parents will speak. Students will speak. Teachers will speak. Community members will speak. And elected officials will speak. Democracy means your voice will be heard.
I am a NYC public school parent. My daughter is in first grade. I got a lot of fight left in me. We have a long way to go, but we are beginning to etch away at the edifice! We are beginning to take control. This does not happen overnight, but it will happen.And everyone in this room tonight learned a lot of lessons. Those high school students learned a lot of lessons. The teachers learned a lot of lessons. The UFT learned a lot of lessons. And Mayor Bloomberg is going to learn his lesson!