I have been reaching out to a number of national media. I was able to make my case to The Washington Post and wrote this column for Valerie Strauss' The Answer Sheet, their education column.
It's entitled "A State that Just Says 'No" to charters, other reforms."
It is important that other states, other cities and other districts know that ed reform is NOT inevitable. And, that it is possible to fight back and win.
I honestly believe if we stay the course with what our Legislature has started - innovation schools laws, lighthouse school laws, and other ed reform of our own making - plus the start of flexible thinking from our teachers union, the WEA, we CAN do better.
In 5-10 years, we will look like the smart state while others will look at their educational landscape and ask why they chose to embrace ed reform mantra that is just that...words.