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Board opposes U.S. education secretary nominee

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2017) -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education joined a growing national movement against U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos on Jan. 30 with a resolution opposing her appointment.

 

The resolution calls on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to vote no when it considers DeVos’ appointment Jan. 31.

 

Calling public education a “fundamental civil right” in the United States, Board President Sue Adler said the nation should not put its educational leadership “into the hands of a person who not only lacks the qualifications to fill the critical post for which she has been nominated, but who also has waged a personal war against public education.”

 

The board and district also reaffirmed a steadfast commitment to serving every student and family in the Albany community.

 

The board wants our community to know diversity and inclusion are core values to our public-school system, and we will stand up for all students and families,” the resolution said.

 

Nearly 80 percent of the district’s 9,600 students are students of color, and there are 57 languages spoken among the district’s student population.

 

About 13 percent of the district’s students (nearly 1,300) are English-language learners. That student population has nearly tripled over the past five years with the large number of refugee families moving to Albany from Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

 

About three-quarters of the district’s students also qualify for free and reduced-priced meals.

 

While the primary message of the board resolution was to oppose DeVos’ nomination, the message also served to reiterate that the board and district are proud to serve such a richly diverse community. The district will continue to welcome all students and families, said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.

 

“The questions and challenges confronting our nation today are serious and real,” Dr. Wilkins said. “They cut to the very essence of how our country was founded and what we stand for as a people. Our school district is honored to join the thousands of communities across our nation and around the world who are proud to defend basic human values for every single student and family we serve.”

 

Dr. Wilkins offered several suggestions for individuals who would like to help make a difference for all students and families in Albany.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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