The Advocates with Dr. Tony Sawyer 5-14-08

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

May 14, 2008

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. cFor more than 30 years Dr. W. L. (Tony) Sawyer has served urban education in the following capacities: a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a deputy superintendent, a superintendent of Manhattan High Schools, in New York City, Superintendent of the Topeka Public Schools, USD 501 and currently serves as Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District.


Dr. Sawyer has established a positive reputation for working effectively with all members of the learning community and has received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Sawyer is noted for the establishment and design of smaller learning communities, which have led to greater academic success for students who, in larger organizations, sometimes fall between the cracks.


Sawyer understands the importance of ensuring that all principals are first and foremost instructional leaders.   It is his contention that every effort must be made to ensure that all children are appropriately served in every classroom.  This means establishing what he refers to as a “flexible delivery system” which focuses on addressing student needs based on their individual learning styles.  In his words, “An effective school is knowledgeable of the strategies necessary to meet the needs of a diverse learning community.” 


At the core of everything he stands for is his commitment to children. Dr. Sawyer has dedicated his life to ensuring that children are prepared academically and emotionally with the critical skills required for a lifetime of success.


Today’s program will focus on “Mount Vernon at an Educational Crossroads, Can We Afford the Future?” He will try to answer the question, Can the urban schools of Westchester compete with their neighbors, and close the learning gap?


Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the “draft.”


The Program is sponsored by the Green Briar Adult Home, in Millbrook, Dutchess County, NY.

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Richard J. Garfunkel


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