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Mission Possible

Stories and insights on excellent education.

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“This is what democracy looks like!” chanted a group of fourth grade scholars as they stood together on Central Park West in the early spring sunshine on Saturday, March 24, joining over 300 members of the SA community and the estimated 175,000 people in New York City participating in the March for Our Lives. This movement, according to organizers, was “created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.”

It was both heartbreaking and deeply inspiring to hear scholars chattering as we walked: they described lockdown drills as matter-of-fact events, expressed gratitude for school scanners, and drew comparisons to their lessons on the Revolutionary War. Like the student-leaders from Parkland, FL, they seemed to inherently understand the power of advocacy and of their own voices. And how desperately both are needed.

The March for Our Lives was a day for reflection and of empowerment, when parents could see the future through their children’s eyes and feel hope that the world would indeed be a better place because of them.

  • From the Bronx to Brooklyn scholars want all schools to be safe.

  • Civic lessons in action.

  • Rainbows Not Guns.

  • Spontaneous collaboration on a blunt message.

  • Eva Moskowitz and her mother Anita demand politicians put children first.

  • Parents can’t help but look proud of their children standing up for what is right.

  • Scholars have had #enough thoughts and prayers and inaction by Congress.

  • Some SA families even travelled to Washington DC to demand action.

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I know how lucky I am to be a legal counsel with Success Academy Charter Schools. But as much as I like my job, I get so frustrated and angry that lawyers like me even have to get involved for some issues, like the DOE’s absolute refusal to fairly divide space in one building between SA Harlem West and two district schools.

 

This week, our trailblazing high school seniors were featured in the first of a two-part Wall Street Journal article examining our high school model (which you can learn more about by taking the high school virtual tour!).

 
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