Melissa Responds to Chancellor Black’s ‘Joke’ that Birth Control is a Solution to School Overcrowding

At a meeting with Lower Manhattan parents last night, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black said that “birth control” could be a solution for school overcrowding in New York City, saying “Could we just have some birth control for a while?” Black said Thursday night. “It would really help us.”  See video below.  

While Chancellor Black has said that this was a “joke,” Melissa released the following statement today, in response to these comments: 

”The outrageous comments of Chancellor Black prove that our original concerns about her ability to connect with parents and local communities were valid. Overcrowding in our schools is a serious problem across the city that requires a serious look at the DOE’s own policies. Insinuating that birth control could solve these challenges is neither comical nor professional. With Cathie Black’s extensive background in management we would expect strategic solutions to the issues faced by our public schools, rather than ‘off the cuff’ remarks that are distasteful, demeaning and offensive.”

Here is a video from the meeting.  The comments begin around 1:20.

What do you think of Chancellor Black’s comments?

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3 thoughts on “Melissa Responds to Chancellor Black’s ‘Joke’ that Birth Control is a Solution to School Overcrowding

  1. This is suppose to be the leader of the for educators and students. No wonder our student population continues to slack behind the rest of the world.

    Thank you Melssa Mark Viverito for not keeping your mouth shut.
    Graciano Matos,
    El Barrio, NY

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