I recently read your Education Without Representation article [3/11/10] and was deeply disturbed by it. As an African American teacher working for the district I have seen firsthand how teachers are working overtime every day to try to close the achievement gap.The fact that there are few black administrators (although I am unsure where you got that information since I can think of several black principals employed by the PUSD) has nothing to do with whether or not the parcel tax should be passed. You should be doing everything in your power to help us pass the parcel tax because if it doesn't the people who will be affected most will be black and brown students. All the work the teachers have done to help students score proficient or advanced on the CST will be lost. White flight and minority middle class flight will be rampant because those parents will not want to allow their children to go to schools with textbooks adopted in 2002, 31 students to one teacher with no aide, no arts, music, or PE, no school libraries, etc, etc. This is not a time for divisive words and racial politics. It is a time to join together to save quality education for all students, no matter what color they happen to be.
By the way, Renatta Cooper vote against saving teacher's jobs, and many of the ones being laid off are people of color, so please don't paint her as an advocate for our community because she is not!
Tamyke Sims Edwards