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VIDEO: Students Stand Up & Walk OUT for NYC Schools

February 8, 2012

Video by Justin Watson, student at Legacy HS

Dear Teachers and Principals of NYC,

On February 1st, 2012, students across New York City walked out at 2 P.M to protest school closures and other failed education policies. We, the students, called for this walk out because of many aspects. We pleaded for change and basically have been told no by the DOE. All summed up, we were tired of having to follow the DOE’s unfair policies. It was a completely student-run action fueled by the neglect that we have felt by the Department of Education. While many activist groups in NYC supported our actions and stood in solidarity with us, we were acting as a separate entity and trying to create a space for high school students. We rallied at Union Square and spoke out about our education and the policies that affect us. We feel that these policies are not helping and DOE data doesn’t display progress. Students, teachers, and administrators across New York City are affected by these policies and it’s time for a change. We want to stop many policies including closures of struggling schools.

We know that you were unable to walkout with us at that moment. However, please show your support for our action on this day by not giving us extensive punishment for this infraction. According to the Student’s Bill of Rights, there is a range of possible disciplinary responses and so we hope that you chose a response that does not negatively impact our education.

Please understand that we were not walking out on you. We walked out for you and we hope that one day, you will walk with us too. Thank you so much for your understanding. I would love to emphasize the fact once again that this was not against anyone besides the Department of Education policies that are failing us as a city and as a community.

~ The Students


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