Geoffrey Canada: An Educational Visionary, Reportedly Chose Not to Become NYC Chancellor

10 Dec

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

It has been reported that Geoffrey Canada, head of the Harlem Children’s Zone, was the first choice to become Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools. Canada is well-respected for championing the cause of educating children from urban communities who’ve had their futures continuously sabotaged by public school systems across America.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly reached out to Canada before choosing Cathleen Black, a woman with 40-years of experience in fields that don’t involve education. Bloomberg has been under fire for his decision, given that many were hoping that a minority with meaningful educational experience would be the one to lead a school district dominated by a black and brown presence.


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