My name is Leon Hall. I am a former Roosevelt High School student, currently a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Other than the past two years, I have lived in Seattle my entire life. My mom, my dad, and my sister moved here in 1989. For a year the van they drove here in was their home on Mercer Street in lower Queen Anne, in 1990 I was born at Northwest Hospital. Since then I have lived in the Fremont, Greenwood, Ballard, North Seattle, and Bitter Lake neighborhoods. Through the course of my life I have noticed that our public school system has been failing ever since the the unexpected death of superintendent John Stanford. Through the last decade the Seattle Public School District has gone through two superintendents and continues to foster a school board that does not reflect the views or the ideas of the citizens of Seattle. Our current superintendent comes from a school district very much unlike our own. She manages public school as if it were a cooperation, putting money first and the people second. I believe an educational institution must cater to the students who utilize the system, not the politicians who control it. Due to the procedures in place our students are sent to undesirable schools, taught lessons that only allow them to pass standardized tests, and are disrespected by condescending school administrators. My personal experiences are many, but most significant would be the negligence of the enrollment department. 29 high school students who were already enrolled and on track to graduate were forced to leave their school. I am one of those 29 students who received a denial letter an entire month after pre-approval for enrollment. I am the only student who appealed the school districts' decision and represented myself in Washington State Superior Court. Two administrative hearings and one court date later, a federal judge ruled that Seattle Public Schools had a right to deny me educational instruction. My vision is to help my peers, as well as all students in the Seattle Public School District, open their eyes and learn the truths about their public education system. I would like to empower youth in the city who have chosen the wrong path due to lack of public education, and are now dealing with personal struggles such as gang affiliation, drug addiction, and financial issues. Most of all I would like to set right what the School District has done wrong by holding those responsible accountable for their actions.