How one impoverished public school district is making strides

Washington Post, October 2015 by Valerie Strauss Bertis Downs is a parent and an education activist who lives in Athens, Georgia. He was legal counselor and manager of the now disbanded band R.E.M., and he spends a great deal of time advocating for public education in Clarke County, where he lives, as well as around … Continue reading How one impoverished public school district is making strides

Why I Signed the Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Empowered Georgia, no date I am a parent, and along with my wife, we are the first teachers of our children. Our daughters attend two of the excellent public schools in our hometown of Athens, GA, where they have mostly great teachers and learn among their peers in a caring, learning-centered environment. Like most places, … Continue reading Why I Signed the Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Parent: What I Saw, Learned and Enjoyed at #NPEChicago

Cloaking Inequity, May 2015 Like most public school parents, I try to discern how to simultaneously support our schools and teachers while also figuring out ways to make sure that the educational experience our kids receive is constantly improving and moving in the right direction. That’s one reason I serve on the board of the … Continue reading Parent: What I Saw, Learned and Enjoyed at #NPEChicago