Mark Kelley of Weld magazine recently mentioned to his readers that I’m running for Birmingham School Board, District 2.
I want to thank Mark for recognizing me and letting his readers know that I’m a loud voice when it comes to education.
But he says it like it’s a bad thing.
He stated that voicing my complaints about the corrupt superintendent search was ‘political angling’ on my part.
I understand why he is saying that, there’s definitely no shortage of that type of thing in Birmingham. I just feel that to clump me personally, by name, in that category without ever even having a discussion with me, or even meeting me, isn’t responsible journalism. I hope whoever advised him on who I am and what my motivations are works with computers because they are lousy at reading people.
Always looking for opportunities to share information, albeit it’s usually about education, I thought I’d take the time to let folks know a little about me.
I began a grassroots organization 5 years ago, SOS Support Our Students. Our purpose is to disseminate information about the privatization of our public schools to parents, teachers, legislators, anyone who has questions about what is happening in education today. Studying education has become my hobby, my passion, and my job. I like to refer to myself as an Edugeek.
I landed my dream job 2 years ago working for the American Federation of Teachers.
I have marched for education in Selma and in DC, and in several places in between.
I have stood outside the Federal Department of Education with hundreds of others, demanding that the now former Sec. of Education, Arnie Duncan, resign.
I have met with legislators in Alabama and in DC to talk about education.
I have been part of more than one successful campaign to stop a bad education bill in Montgomery. (Education Savings Account and Raise/Prep Act are two you may know)
Those that know me know that standing outside the BOE in Birmingham holding up signs and shouting “Education is their right, that is why we have to fight!!” is not out of my wheelhouse at all. I mean, seriously, I have been on the Leadership Team for the Badass Teacher Association for the past four years. We fight for our public schools all across this nation. Speaking truth to power is not a problem for me.
Thank you to those of you that took the time to read this and find out more about me.
To the voters in District 2: You can vote for me with confidence. I will not be accepting donations for my campaign from the BCA, ALFA, Alagasco, or any other organization that lobbies against our public schools.
If you are a member of an organization that would like to know more about our charter school law, and charter schools in general, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A HUGE thank you to teachers and support staff everywhere for the oh so important job that you do, educating our future!!!
Oh, and Mark, if you are reading this, I hope you can see now that I’m not a loud voice because I’m a candidate, I’m a candidate because I am a loud voice for public education.