This is likely to be one of the most difficult posts I ever write because how do you say goodbye to someone who has been a constant in your life over the last six+ years?
Charlie Mas is something of an enigma. Even to me. He's brash, outspoken and yet, a big softie.
At times some people thought that Charlie and I were one person.
Or that we were joined at the hip in our thoughts.
Or that we confabbed on every post.
Wrong, wrong and wrong.
makes me smile because Charlie and I also never consulted on who wrote
what. We had our own
reasons and our own interests. I think the most important concern for Charlie is (and always was) accountability, no more, no less.
I have sometimes groaned at his words, cheered at his words but always admired his ability to cut thru the bullshit to the core of the matter. That it may have upset others was no matter to him (or me) because the cleansing light of day is what this district has needed (whether they believe it or not).
But we recognized in each other, as did Beth Bakeman who started this blog, a recognition of the relentlessness of our thought and our desire for better for public education in this city. I know that some may not have always (or almost never) agreed with us but gave us grudging acceptance for our longevity and our refusal to give up when others might have.
If nothing else, Charlie has taught me to stand by my words and not be afraid of what others might say.
I would almost call it a "To Sir with Love" moment except that I'm older than Charlie and it is admiration and deep regard, not love.
His mind is quick, his focus clear and his devotion to his beautiful daughters always his mission.