Thursday, July 28, 2016

8 ways to make edu-mischief while California Superintendent Tom Torlakson is Acting Governor

8 ways to make edu-mischief while California Superintendent Tom Torlakson is Acting Governor
Dear Tom Torlakson: Here are 8 things we could do while the politicians are away! We gotta hurry!
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Imagine my surprise when I heard on NPR yesterday that State Superintendent of schools Tom Torlakson--my very favorite State official--is Acting Governor of California for the rest of the week. This is what happens when your whole state government comprises the biggest delegation at the Democratic National Convention.

While every other force in Golden State politics is looking for unity in the City of Brotherly Love, my mind leaps to the education priorities we could advance!

It wouldn't be the first time an Acting Governor did a whole lot of governing when Jerry Brown was out of state. But it's certainly a first for a Superintendent.

So I've penned a letter to the Superintendent to offer my assistance.

Dear Acting Governor Torlakson,

First off, congrats!

I am writing you to offer to rush to the State Capital to work feverishly alongside you to advance our public education priorities while the rest of California's political wish lists languish in the Philadelphia International Airport baggage claim. (It's not their fault they exceeded the 3.7 ounce limit.)

I admit, I've been feeling envy what with all the selfies my friends have been posting. Betsy pictured with Dolores Huerta. Randi pictured with Bill Clinton. Carolyn and Dallas were even interviewed about their experiences as mother and daughter in Hillary's and Bernie's respective delegations.

But, oh, the things we can get done for our schools while they're distracting our elected officials! 

By the way, Tom, I hope you don't let the *Acting* qualifier get in the way of the work we can do together. The philanthropists and politicians certainly haven't let their lack of credentials get in the way of dictating what our teachers and principals do. So let's give it a go!

Just say the word and I'll be on the next Southwest flight to Sacramento. I'll use carry-on, so my only baggage will be emotional--a decade of mourning for the once top-funded California public school system and my more recent PTSD from the assault on public schools by the charter lobby.

But there's no time for a pity party. Here's my short list!

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