10/28/2019 – High School Crush: Alexandria’s Overcrowding Crisis

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T.C. Williams High School has more students than it can handle, forcing School Board members to make difficult decisions about how to handle the crush of new students.

In September, the Alexandria School Board voted to expand T.C. Williams High School rather than build a new high school. The six-to-three vote came after a contentious and protracted debate about how to handle the overcrowding crisis at Alexandria’s only high school, a discussion that featured concerns about racial segregation and socioeconomic inequity. Ultimately a majority of School Board members approved a plan that sidestepped a potentially perilous process of drawing new boundaries for which neighborhoods would attend T.C. Williams and which students would attend a new school. 

Panelists include:

Mignon AnthonyMignon Anthony
Alexandria City Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Mignon Anthony has has a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from Philadelphia University and a graduate certificate in organizational change and development from American University. After several years managing private sector real-estate deals and expansions in Crystal City and Alexandria, she oversaw projects for the federal government before joining the school system.
Terri MozingoTerri Mozingo 
Alexandria City Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Terri Mozingo has a bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University in intermediate education and socials studies, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before becoming the school system’s chief academic officer, her career included time as a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, an assistant superintendent.
Bridgette Adu-WadierBridgette Adu-Wadier
A native of New York City, Bridgette Adu-Wadier moved to Alexandria as a child. She attended Polk Elementary School and Hammond Middle School, and she is currently a junior at T.C. Williams High School. She has written for the Alexandria Gazette Packet and T.C. Williams newspaper Theogony, where she’s reported about the overcrowding crisis and the high-school expansion project. She has also contributed to PBS Extra, and she hosts a local news talk show called “Behind the Headlines.”
Mikaela PozoMikaela Pozo
A native of Boliva, Mikaela Pozo immigrated to the United States as a child. She MacArthur Elementary School and George Washington Middle School, and she is currently a senior at T.C. Williams High School.  She is a founder of a student-led group known as Operation Integration, which advocates for educational justice and immigrant rights.

Where: Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave, Alexandria VA 22311
When: Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Time: Reception starts at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm

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