DeWitt Clinton – How a School Can Change Us All
Danny Schecter is a filmmaker, and a DeWitt Clinton graduate. And he’s making a documentary film about Clinton. The DoE was going to close Clinton, but afraid of a fight with a loyal alumni, they chose to try to move in two small schools instead. Those of us in the Bronx know, those schools are the first steps towards closing DWC. So we will fight. And Danny’s work is part of that. Below are a two-minute promo and a five-minute trailer.
Both excellent, by the way. Professional. Political. He knows this is an assault on public education, and on democracy. And he tells us, without lecturing us.
Clinton was on the list of the New York City Department of Education’s closure targets this Fall. But it had been targeted once before. Over a decade ago, the DoE brought a small school, Celia Cruz, into the building. This tactic is not new: they bring in the small school or schools to break up the physical plant and begin a process that leads to closure. But at Clinton the DoE lost – the alumni intervened and the small school was located elsewhere.
The DoE’s bullying has a cowardly side: they did not want to fight the alumni who had put them in their place once before. Thus they chose instead to move in the mini-schools…