Quick fact-check thread, friends.

1. My daughter wasn’t at yesterday’s rally, she had her own plans.

This is my daughter (in pink) at the one #keepNYCschoolsopen rally she attended, in Nov. Some may recall it.

We like our signs kid-authored, with stickers. 💕💕 #KidWriting
I believe in student expression and self-discovery, so I’ve actually tried really hard not to talk with my daughter about this year’s politics. (I mean, who wants to?)

I frankly loved that this was her authentic expression of why we rallied.

She adores her teachers, as do I.
It helps that her teachers haven’t given off a hint of hesitation about reopening in-person.

That doesn’t mean they didn’t feel nervous about returning in-person, but we didn’t see it. I’ll always be grateful for that. 🙏🏼

It’s one reason I know MORE-UFT doesn’t speak for all.
I also haven’t been a speaker at any of the many #keepnycschoolsopen events, though I have attended most.

I’m plenty comfortable speaking publicly... but our story is not the one that needs telling.

These are the voices we need to hear.

I’ve been proud to share them.
Since this fall, I have found myself deeply moved by the voices of New York City parents, teachers, and students (all 3 in this thread).

If I could go back and do anything differently, I’d have captured more of their stories #onhere.
My best work this year has been sharing the stories untold by the media... as much as possible in parents own words).
I say “my best work” euphemistically. None of my advocacy for school reopening has been paid. I’ve said this before, but it bears restating.

If anything, my consulting clients have questioned my focus on something-other-than-their-projects. 😊 #TrueStory
Also, while my LinkedIn is public:

– I haven’t worked for an org selling to K–12 schools for 2+ years. I shifted to advocacy / consulting for nonprofits a while back, and haven’t looked back.

– I’ve never worked for NYC schools in any capacity.

So much misinfo on here! 🤷‍♀️
Yesterday I shared a photo from the rally (as did the media) which captured the anger that schools aren’t fully open following teacher vaccination.

I get that anger.

I also get the dismay from teachers that they *are* working FT.
Anyone who follows me knows I have talked a lot about the burden of remote and hybrid for teachers. None of us can talk about it enough.

Parent frustration with Zoom in a Room / distance learning failures also deserve a voice.

As before, others say it best:

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2 May
If I’m being honest, advocating for schools reopening was... let’s just say not easy.

But in my bones, I know it was the right thing to do.

Endless respect for all who worked to bring kids back, incl. 100’s of thousands of teacher leaders and building leaders I’ll never meet.
And coaches and afterschool program directors.

District leaders and school board members, too, of course. Although reopening schools in a pandemic was a lot closer to your job description. 😊

Appreciation to all who accelerated the right thing for kids.
On a related note, one more appreciation post for the @Harlem__Jets and @HarlemJetsLax @JetsHarlem.

Watching their football and lacrosse registration, and getting Lax Dad tips on hooking my daughter on lacrosse (my new goal), was a fabulous start to my weekend. 💚

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1 May
Shout out to the @Harlem__Jets!

Love their work. 💚

@HarlemJetsLax @JetsHarlem @MrHarlemJets
This is @MrHarlemJets Coach Mel.

It’s football registration morning, and watching him welcome young men for signup is an entire mood. 💚
Weigh-in! 💚

@Harlem__Jets
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30 Mar
This is a powerful thread, and it has a perfect example in K–12 education.

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Today, 70-80% of elementary schools teach kids in “leveled reading groups” that track children as Kinders, and give a steady diet of below-grade level books to the “lowest” learners.

It’s structurally racist.

Also, there’s zero evidence it works!

eduvaites.org/2019/11/02/lev…
You would think that K–12 social justice activists would be consistently up in arms about this!

You would be wrong.
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29 Mar
Hey quick question you guys...

Why is @CDCDirector talking about ventilator scarcity and pop-up morgues when hospitalizations keep dropping? 🤷‍♀️

And apparently we have lower COVID hospitalizations than typical flu season hospitalizations?

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Is she... still updating her mental frame on cases with a younger, less vulnerable population?

All I know is that I am grateful I saw @MonicaGandhi9's thread below before I saw that... monologue.

Otherwise, I'd probably be pretty stressed out!

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29 Mar
In NYC, it absolutely feels like the teachers union head is “both supreme leader and chief scientist”.

@karol is spot on.

Why is it rational for unions to have their own doctors, and to reject the @CDCgov guidance?

Why do politicians bow to this?

nypost.com/2021/03/28/whe…
For certain, the only reasonable to response to the head of a teacher’s labor group acting like it’s his job to figure out classroom desk organization is, “What the hell are you talking about?”

But @NYCMayor don’t say that, and it has been absolutely unnerving to realize it.
Watching this nonsense in NYC has changed my perspective on NYC governance, @NYCSchools, and even organized labor. I have no history of speaking out about unions until 2020... first the police unions then teachers, based on what I saw with my own eyes.

I’m still reeling.
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28 Mar
“In 2020, smart media figures and scientists predicted that COVID-19 would especially ravage Florida, given its open economy and elderly population. They were wrong. Why?”

Like @DKThomp, I hope we get a good answer to this question.

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theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
I’m not a FL booster or naysayer on principle.

I just want decent answers to the Why of this comparison.

There must be something to be learned.

apnews.com/article/public…
I appreciated learning of the housing market detail from @DKThomp, and broadly agreed with his take: it all feels a bit unclear.

But, I thought the COVID vs Economy framing was reductionist.

It misses the other huge upside to FL’s open stance: open schools.
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