Help your students get the scholarships they deserve.
  • Petitioning New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education
Jodi Radwell

Help your students get the scholarships they deserve.

    1. Robert Dozier
    2. Petition by

      Robert Dozier

      West Hartford, CT

Help this woman fight for these gifted students!  

"Let me tell you what's happening to me. I'm on the PTA at my child's school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I'm currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don't speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent's exams-- I'm talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.

And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn't owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don't get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.

We've got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren't blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they've made it to help our kids. Trying to get something fixed in these schools is like praying to some false God. You call and email hoping that God is listening, and nothing happens. Meanwhile the kids suffer. All these parents that I'm representing are good, simple people. They say: 'Don't worry Annette, God is going to fix it. God will make it right.' I love them. And I love God. But I tell them: 'God won't fix it! We've got to fix it!'"


Thank you to Humans of New York for bringing this to my attention!

New York City Department of Education
Jodi Radwell
Help your students get the scholarships they deserve.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Peckham MARTIN, TN
      • 3 months ago

      I lived in New York twice in my life, and I am a member of NYSAFLT.

    • Robert Mitton DENVER, CO
      • 4 months ago

      Everyone deserves a good education!

    • Jan-Michael Wildeman SCARBOROUGH, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      These kids need a fair chance

    • Emily Wilton AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      education is a right for anyone

    • Sharon Lamberth NEW YORK, NY
      • 6 months ago

      I could be me, or my kid.


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