What's middle school like?
I spend my days with hundreds of teenagers...teaching 8th grade English (at Pioneer Middle School in DuPont, WA), during which I try to convince 14-year-olds that writing and reading actually can be enjoyable and fruitful endeavors. To assuage my distress over the incomplete success of this work, I occasionally teach college courses in political science, and write...
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I submitted the following to The News Tribune on Sunday, but so far they have not posted it.
The Tacoma school district is in disarray--broken trust abroad in the community, a board that alternates between abdicating authority during the strike to brazen assertions of power to jerry-rig the Superintendent selection process, and more. In this election we have a chance to say something about this, and the best mechanism for doing so is a vote for Scott Heinze.
Mr. Heinze knows the issues, understands the policy process, works well with and in the community, and attends to financial realities. More importantly, he listens--you can have a real conversation with him in which he’ll engage you and respond to what you say and think.
As a school board candidate last summer, I heard all the candidates many times and in various settings. Of the four remaining candidates, Mr. Heinze has consistently maintained a sharp focus on the important issues before the school district. He is not flamboyant, but he is what we need--knowledgable, reliable and committed to the success of our schools.