I wasn't going to write a post tonight. My week is packed. The Gates Foundation is visiting our school tomorrow, and I have to do my best not to let on that I think they're a bunch of smug assholes who like to experiment on our neediest kids. I have to prepare for a literacy class I volunteered to teach after school to students from the Dominican Republic who are fifteen and sixteen years old and cannot read. I have to write an agenda for my team meeting tomorrow, mark and enter assignments, plan for next week, and do some research into the contract for a few of my union members.
I am so sick of reading about the bull going on with Bruce Monroe Elementary School in DC that I just had to vent my anger.
As those in DC well know, Bruce Monroe (in the Petworth neighborhood - just down the street from where I used to live) was bulldozed earlier this year. Then Chancellor Rhee promised parents a much nicer facility would be built. She said $20 million would be allocated for it (that money seems to have been imaginary). In the meantime, students were moved to a abysmal building at Park View. Students complained of trouble breathing; drugs were regularly sold across the street; and a number of teachers' cars were broken into. And now private developers are moving on their plans to build their luxury condos in the location of the former Bruce Monroe - just what NW DC needs more of, luxury condos.
If you want to see how monied interests tied to like-minded mayors and their school chancellors affects people, watch this between 2:08:30 and 2:16:10.
Then, help Ben Parisi and Empower DC fight for Bruce Monroe by signing the petition to encourage Council Chairman Elect Brown and Ward 1 Councilman Graham to rebuild Bruce Monroe without delay - because what's happening with Bruce Monroe is wrong, and it'd be nice if some local politicians thought somebody cared.