Lottie Beebe, an elected member of the state school board in Louisiana, spoke out bravely at the last meeting.
She decried the privatization of public education.
She questioned why the state was spending nearly $1 million to bring in ill-trained TFA members even as districts are paying an additional $2,000-4,000 for each TFA recruit.
She asked why the board had hired a TFA person to be its executive director.
She was, of course, voted down.
Governor Bobby Jindal controls the board.
The last person elected to the board is the executive director of TFA in New Orleans.
Lottie Beebe believes in public education; she believes that children should have well-prepared professional teachers.
She is out of fashion.
But she is right. When we compare ourselves to the top-performing nations in the world, they all have strong public school systems staffed by professional educators.
Now I will have to create a new category for brave members of state and local school boards. I hope it is a long list.