May 16, 2013
In the weeks following the news that city schools CEO Andres Alonso was leaving, I've come across various pieces of commentary about the legacy the schools chief will leave.
As with most resignations, much of the commentary has been expressions of gratitude, and encouraging forecasts of what's next.
I thought this piece, written by a city school teacher, was particularly reflective.
I've personally watched Iris Kirsch, a high school English teacher, challenge Alonso during public comment at city school board meetings. She and other teachers in the city organized to form a local chapter of "Educators for Democratic Schools," which spoke up about various concerns, from class sizes to the new union contract.
Kirsch published this piece, "Bidding Farewell to Andres Alonso" in an independent publication called the "Indypendent Reader," following news of Alonso's planned departure on June 30.
She starts with her first year in the district in 2006, and experiencing a new CEO come on the job in 2007 with a bag of bold reforms--the first of which was giving principals autonomy over their budgets.
She writes: "My first inkling that something was wrong came when my school ran out of toilet paper mid year..."
Read more, here.
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