I read the story in Mother Jones today (yes, we actually subscribe in print) and cried. Really: tears, streaming down my face. THIS is my kid's school. Except substitute "Wisconsin" for "California" and "middle school" or "elementary" for "high school."
Most people in my neighborhood flee to private schools. Or "open enroll" to a whiter, richer public school in Madison.
For a multitude of reasons, we have stuck with our diverse, low-income schools. And we have loved them. More than loved. Seriously, some of the Teachers and Principals we have met along they way have been life-changing figures in our lives. I keep a running list in my brain of the 10 most influential people in my life - the people who inspire me to be a better human. The people who make me work harder for all that matters in the world. Currently, 6 of them are from one of the kids' schools. (And I'm related to the other four....)
Registration is tomorrow. Yes, we have another round of neighbors fleeing our school. But this year, I'm not going to feel sad about that. This year, I'm going to post this Mother Jones article on my bulletin board and continue my inspired fight for education for ALL.