n response to Katie Osgood’s post, “A Message to Reformers,” Maureen Reedy wrote the following:
“Katie, Diane and Friends,
I am loving your article Katie, it is right on in every way.
No more! No MORE!!! NO MORE!!!!
I have contacted Ed Schultz, a production company in California,
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow who teaches at Ohio
State, state senator and superintendents in Michigan, I have a panel
ready to go with the media when we get someone to pick up the ball and
run with it.
I have been in touch with Parents Across America about a project
based on “Hands Across America,” where, state by state, we join
together, simultaneously, on the same weekend afternoon, and celebrate
public education and present the cold, hard facts of privatization to
the public, across America… remember “This land is your land, this land
is our land?”
I have been relentless since running for state rep in Ohio as former
Ohio Teacher of the Year and being kept out of the Statehouse by a
malicious 1.5 million dollar ad campaign the last 2 weeks of the
election of which Michelle Rhee was a player. I am determined to join
others and take action from the Outside/ In where ever, whenever and
however we can.
As a 29-year veteran educator and supporter/supervisor/facilitator
for over 250 IEP/IAT meetings in my elementary school each year, you
have got it right!!!
These are perilous times for our kids who are fragile, vulnerable and
at risk. Taking the experts out of the equation and ping-ponging
children across town in the name of for-profit avarice and greed is
destroying our children and their crucial connection to community.
We ALL have momentum and the power to get moving on CIVIL / HUMAN
rights issue of our time, namely, protecting our children and preserving
It is time to take action from the Outside/ In.
Keep contacting people in a position to bring Katie’s facts to light,
keep going with reaching your contacts, newspaper columnists, talk show
Keep moving with your words, your expertise, your stories, your ACTIONS.
Keep doing what you can to save our children and public education.
Thank you Katie, thank you Diane, thank you to all friends who are
fighting for our precious children, the real victims of corporate
Parent/29 year Public School Teacher