I agree completely with Crawfish’s comments and thank him for using my comments as a basis of his blog piece. I want to add that complex problems, such as poverty, require complex solutions. What I do know is that to defund public schools that must educate every child and redistribute those funds to Charters that will exclude those children most in need is not the answer. Instead of these billionaires investing in political front organizations that seek to destroy public schools, which is a democratic institution, they should be investing their money in what is called here in New York community schools. It is a pilot program in which a public school provides a variety of services, such as extensive academic intervention services, educational services for parents, counseling for students and parents, health clinics, and day care so high needs parents can work. This obviously costs a lot of money. There is an easy way to find the money; let us go back to a progressive income tax rate of let’s say 75%. In this way, we will take the money these billionaires are using to create fake nonprofits that have political agendas and use those resources to create thousands of public community-based schools in our urban areas.
I recently received a comment on my blog that struck a chord. . . and triggered a memory of who I used to be and who I am. It addresses a number of questions people ask me about my own feelings on a wide range of issues, and I found it both focusing and inspirational and thought I would share it with you.
Let me just say that I’m not a teacher, and my kids are only now starting going to public schools. While I did work for the Louisiana Department of Education until recently, that was in the data department and my only role dealing with children’s issues directly was ain an advisory position on a student discipline adversary panel. So I understand why people ask me:
“Why do you care so much? Why do you fight, for teachers, for other people’s kids? You’re not a teacher and you could afford…
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I just came across this via Diane and Crawfish. Glad you are in NYC and fighting like hell. Would love to have you touch base with the crew from MORE at some point. We do have some crazy retirees like me (I also did a 35 year term before retiring 10 years ago) who can’t let go of the battle.