Fa la la la la…I broke my badass resolutions

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For being such a realist/pessimist, I sometimes surprise myself with my optimism.

Take last January, for example.

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a post, which I admitted at the time was written with “wide-eyed optimism.” You can read it here if you’re interested. In it I listed my badass resolutions for 2016.

Um.

So…

Yeah. That happened.

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On the fairly optimistic side, I did follow through on some of the resolutions, and I’m proud of that. Continue reading

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This Is What Happens When Teachers Stand Up For Children

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We interrupt the unfortunate series of “I lost my job“-ness for this special post.

Which is still about someone losing their teaching job. But this time, it’s not me. This teacher is not in my district. In fact, I don’t even know this teacher.

But her story resonates with me. She, too, stood up for children. She, too, has been told she does not have a teaching position next year.

Watch. Listen to her tell her story. And then look around you. Wherever you are, this story or one like it is probably happening. Maybe in your neighborhood school. Maybe the person you see shopping at the grocery store. Maybe the person crying in the car next to yours.

This teacher’s story happened, in part, because she is not tenured. Tenure does NOT mean a job for life; it means you get due process. In other words, they can still fire you, but they have to explain why. Many cities and states are trying to eliminate tenure or make it harder to obtain. Just ask North Carolina. Or Ann Arbor, Michigan. Huffington Post just did a story on this very topic today.

Teachers who stand up for children are being silenced. We need everyone’s help to fight this.

On social media, please use the hashtag #nodueprocess. Let’s have as many people share their stories as possible.

Because this story? It’s just beginning.