- Garrison Keillor, “Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America”
Legislators: Please remember the above quote when you cast your vote regarding charter schools and vouchers. Keep in mind that our community schools are not replaceable, but our elected officials are.
Many Senators, Representatives, & Governors began their political careers serving as elected school board members in their home towns. School Board members are typically more politically aware than average citizens; they are in tune with not only local issues, but know about state and federal issues, as well. There are thousands of school board members in TN who were each elected by their districts to serve the schools in their communities, and these elected officials are closely watching this year's Legislative session. Parents are, too, which is something new. Never before have parents been so informed and concerned about issues.
Although an opponent to Governor Haslam has not yet appeared in the news, certainly one of you pro-public school leaders has the courage? If not, Raccoon Man may be our next TN Governor because Tennessee parents and teachers refuse to vote for a Governor that destroys our public schools and hands our children's education over to corporate interests.