Liz Davis

A remote memorial for my former colleague, fellow union member, friend and ally, Elizabeth Davis, is scheduled for May 6.

(Apparently I recorded an incorrect date. For details and to register for the on-line event, go to the website of the Washington Teachers’ Union.)

(If you didn’t know, Liz was the president of the WTU until her tragic death in a car crash on Easter Sunday. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.)

During my very first year teaching, Liz and I happened to be posted at the same school, a big new open-space building almost as far south as you can get and still be in DC.

Interesting times — there was a teacher strike that year, and we both were definitely doing our best to be on the left, progressive, anti-racist side of things. Looking back, I feel that I mostly made a hash of it. Liz was much more of a fighter than I was, frankly.

I haven’t been to a general membership meeting of the WTU since I retired in 2009, and I unfortunately don’t have a good reading on how well she was running things.

I only recall one serious disagreement with her, which I should explain later, but in hindsight on the event, I see we were both partly right and both partly wrong. Long story. I should write it up.

News from The Washington Teachers’ Union: National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education in DC

Those who are unhappy with the direction of education here in Washington DC, here is a meeting that I think will be worth attending. I plan on being there and hope to have some hard questions ready for Vincent Gray and David Catania, as well as other mayoral candidates both of whom are wrong on some very important points regarding education.

Please come and we can also talk with each other and get to see each other’s faces again.

Here is the blurb from Liz Davis:

National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education in DC
(Event Location:  Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St., NE)On Monday, December 9, 2013, over 300 District teachers, school parents, faith community members and organizations such as ours, will gather for a forum and discussion of important issues affecting public education in our city. All mayoral candidates have agreed to attend.
Local unions supporting all school workers (principals, teachers, teacher’s aides, cafeteria workers and custodians) have signed on to participate and support this important Town Hall meeting.

The forum will focus on the  attached “Principles that Unite Us”—which express the common vision for public education that is shared by teachers, parents and community organizations here in the District and across the nation. In scores of cities around the country, December 9th  will be a National Day of Action, when community groups, parents and local leaders are coming together to reclaim the promise of public education as our nation’s gateway to democracy and racial and economic
justice.

Mayor Vincent Gray and all other mayoral candidates will participate in a moderated panel discussion addressing the importance of community voices in education policy and practice. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make a two-minute presentation at the beginning of the
discussion that should answer the question: What steps would you take as Mayor to make community voices matter in public education and increase stakeholder engagement?

We hope you will join us! The success of our schools and our children
depend on it!

In unity,

Liz Davis
Elizabeth Davis, President
Washington Teachers Union
1825 K Street, NW Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20006
Office Tel (202) 293-8611
Fax (202) 293-8633
www.wtulocal6.org

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