Dorancy, an attorney, teacher, community activist and a consultant, is running for the State Senate in the 20th District. He will be facing off against District Leader Jesse Hamilton. The district is centered in Crown Heights, but branches out to include a large chunk of Sunset Park and other neighborhoods.
Working in the education field for several years, Dorancy feels there is nothing more important in today’s society. He established a scholarship program for low-income and homeless students, and developed a program to increase the number of students from central Brooklyn being admitted into the city's specialized high schools.
“I think that public education still has a long ways to go to meet the needs of the children of New York City,” he said.
According to Dorancy, schools are working for some people but not for others, which is disturbing.
“There are a lot of good things happening, but the question is how do you systemize it and get it across the five boroughs?” Dorancy asked.
He feels education should not only be preparing children for standardized tests, but getting them ready for college and life afterward.
“It’s really a call to action to begin to invite new thinkers into this process,” Dorancy said. “They should be ready to take college classes the first day of college.”
Parent involvement is important as well, Dorancy stressed, however many parents work long hours and are often limited because of their job and finances. But Dorancy feels with a new administration, things can change in a positive direction.
“If we are serious about parents being partners, other polices need to change,” Dorancy said. “That’s why it is important that we have policies in Albany that are pushing for raising minimum wage.”