By William H. Benson
Columnist 

1st day of school: Linda Cliatt-Wayman

 


“Miss! Miss! Why do you keep calling this a school?” asked Ashley. “This is not a school!”

It was an awkward moment, at an assembly, in November 2002. Because a fight had broken out that morning, the school’s new principal, an angry Linda Cliatt-Wayman, called all the students and staff to the auditorium where she hoped to present her expectations for the students’ behavior and for their achievement.

Ashley, a student, interrupted her with the chilling words, “This is not a school!”

Fast forward to the fall of 2013, when Cliatt-Wayman walked into another north Philadelphia h...



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