As I write it is 9 p.m on Sunday night. Within about 48 hours or so we should know the outcome of my campaign for the Montgomery school board, District Two. I honestly have no sense of how this will turn out.
But win, lose or draw I will always be so very thankful for all who have stood with me. You wrote checks, put up yard signs, and talked to your neighbors and friends on my behalf. This is humbling for sure.
Of course when I qualified back on January 29th I had no clue what lay ahead. I thought this was all about ideas of how to help students and local schools. I thought the candidates would tell voters what they have done in the past to help schools and let them judge who had the passion for schools, proven dedication to them and some common sense.
Boy was I wrong.
The “other side” has apparently spent a lot of time on my blog, looking for any little comment they could distort or take out of context. They searched out news clips from as long ago as 1982 and tried to make me into someone I am not. I must be the No. One target in the state for the Business Council of Alabama because some of their “friends” have played a very active role in the negative campaign against me.
Time after time I have blogged about the efforts of BCA to harm our public schools in Alabama. For instance, when you support the Alabama Accountability Act like BCA does, an effort that has now diverted $147 million from the Education Trust Fund for private school scholarships, you are not a friend of the 730,000 students in our public schools.
However, the emperor does not like someone telling him he has no clothes and when he gets a chance, he goes for blood.
The fact that all this has occurred in a race for a local school board seat is mind-boggling. And certainly highlights that trying to honestly help children, their teachers, principals and administrators to make Alabama a better place is anything but the goal of some.
Again, a heartfelt thanks to so many. For high school classmates from more than 55 years ago who made donations, for former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch for endorsing me, for many educators who put signs in their yards and sent me to see their friends, you are all special.
And rest assured that regardless of what happens Tuesday, I WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK LOUDLY AND FORCEFULLY FOR THOSE WHO LABOR SO HARD IN OUR SCHOOLS.