I believe the best way I can show my appreciation is to support you actively in our critical work, and that’s why I’m pleased to share the 2012-13 citywide instructional expectations with you. Our multi-year plan to implement the Common Core standards is closely tied to our goal of preparing all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers…. Implementing our citywide instructional work is a complex undertaking that represents a significant change for many educators. I appreciate your courage in taking on this challenge…
I'm thinking of getting a different Mother's Day card for my mom, for example. "Thank you for everything you did as my mother. In the next few months, I'm going to roll out an evaluation system that will allow me to compare you with other moms across the state on a variety of metrics, including post-college income and marital happiness, among the similar daughters of similar mothers.
Whether created by parents and teachers or community and civic leaders, charter schools serve as incubators of innovation in neighborhoods across our country. These institutions give educators the freedom to cultivate new teaching models and develop creative methods to meet students' needs.
… stop blaming the teachers and setting up roadblocks to keep us from doing what needs to be done. And keep your empty words to yourself. Your actions have already shown us what you really think.