Let’s Do Away With Schools

Years ago, when Sacramento native Dusty Baker was manager of the San Francisco Giants he used to dress up his 3-year-old son Darren in a miniature Giants uniform and let him hang out with the team in the dug-out during the games.  The announcers would fall all over themselves blabbing about how cute the kid … Continue reading Let’s Do Away With Schools

Poverty and Our Public Schools

  I chose to make my career in public education and I have become a fierce defender of it as a democratic institution.  I worked as a special educator with children who have severe disabilities for over thirty years.  Federal law guarantees all children a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment.  FAPE … Continue reading Poverty and Our Public Schools

Unexpected Blessings

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 15, 2013 In my novel, Welcome Stranger, an encounter with a stranger changes a woman’s life. Thinking back on my life as a writer, I was remembering that a somewhat unexpected turn set me on this path. Junior year of high school, the administration actually allowed us to choose themed English classes, … Continue reading Unexpected Blessings