Syracuse City School District, N.Y.
The educational arena has and continues to be the medium by which an organized society advances itself for the good of humanity. Accordingly, I believe that a quality education for all is essential for human achievement and necessary to maintain a democratic society. I am convinced that a quality education nurtures the human spirit and is profoundly empowering. Therefore, opportunities to learn, including appropriate support for healthy social, emotional and physical development, must be extended to all children for whom we have the awesome responsibility to educate.