Dear President Elizabeth Davis, First and foremost, I wish to extend warm felt congratulations to you, and Ms. Candi Peterson. I wish you a successful term as President and General Vice President of the Washington Teacher’s Union. I wish to thank you, in advance, for taking the time to visit our school, and listening to […]

Recently, Andy Smarick and Kathleen Porter-Magee engaged in an e-debate on the central tenets of Smarick’s new book titled, “The Urban School System of the Future.” As I’ve read both sides of the divide, I couldn’t help but notice a couple of strands of commonality between the two camps, as well as a common theme […]

The policy of public school consolidation is recipe for disaster. Education reformers close public schools by using “under-utilization” or “under-performing” seats as an excuse to create larger school sizes. They view the outcome (test scores) as a production problem (teachers) and aim to alter the process (instruction) for the consumer (students). This business model approach […]

First and foremost, I don’t consider myself a blind ideologue. I’m more than capable of appreciating the work and dedication put forth from both sides of the education debate. As a teacher in a low socio-economic status (SES) public middle school, I absolutely agree that our line of work is in need of modernization and […]