That's our only shot.
We all want to give children an edge, if we can. Can we here?
"Our issue is equity. That's the only thing." (Pgh. Fed. of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Vargas, P-G, Elearnor Chute)
We cannot force the teachers union to accept this; we cannot browbeat them into it. We have none of those levers. We can only persuade them this a fundamentally good idea whose time has come, and one that they can make sure is implemented correctly. We must focus on building trust in partnering with a District administration where at times, there is not much.
Only the union can make this happen: accountability in classrooms for student achievement, that is, over the long and the broad sweep.
RELATED: Comet, Too Long of a Post, May 2012. Poor timing then for community groups to have raised the issue, in the context of state cuts and sizable furloughs.