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Black Caucus of CSA Panel Debates Public Education Under Trump Administration

posted on 03/01/2017

A distinguished panel of politicians, community activists and education professionals joined sponsors the Black Caucus of CSA and the Medgar Evers College Pipeline to discuss how education will fare under President Trump.

Dozens of people turned out for the panel discussion, "The Landscape for Public Education in the New Administration," which was held in the Edison O. Jackson Auditorium at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.

Panelists included Zakiyah Ansari, advocacy director for the New York State Alliance for Quality Education, City Council persons Inez Barron (D-42) and Jumaane Williams (D-45), former Boys and Girls High School Principal Bernard Gassaway, York College Professor, poet and former public school teacher Dr. Lindamichellebaron, Dr. Stanley Mims, architect of the New York City renewal schools program, and George Patterson III, principal of the Meyer Levin School of the Performing Arts.

Black Caucus Executive Board member Michelle Patterson Murray moderated the panel.

Black Caucus President Dale Kelly welcomed the audience and introduced former New York City Public Schools Chancellor and current Medgar Evers College President Dr. Rudy Crew, who told the audience that "the conversation has to be about what do we want for our children, not what we will accept."

The lively discussion ranged from a principal's role in schools, policies which seem to push educators with strong opinions out of the city schools, to local and national politics.

Councilman Williams cautioned the group that "the system is not broken. It is working as it was designed to work, which is why we have to up-end the whole thing."

According to the group's website, the Medgar Evers College Pipeline "is an intentionally designed system by which students from Central Brooklyn are guided through a strong K-12 experience, transitioned into college, and then provided high-quality opportunities to on-board into the professional world."