Yesterday, I received confirmation that Mark Johnson, the state school superintendent, is now following my personal twitter feed through his office’s official twitter account.
Even have the proof.
And I absolutely welcome it.
Actually, it’s the third time.
There are around 100,000 teachers in this state. Mark Johnson’s official twitter account currently follows 1,324 people (as of this post), mostly political leaders, pundits, and education professionals. Makes one wonder how many are teachers.
Maybe it puts me in select company, but I imagine it may not be for my glowing reviews of his term. In fact, anyone who has read this blog knows that I have been very critical of his performance or rather lack of performance in a two-year tenure that has produced platitudes, nondescript “reforms,” and refusals to offer details.
This blog has been an act of advocacy for public education here in North Carolina. I teach in a public school. My children attend public school. My son requires additional help because of a developmental delay. Public schools are woven into almost every fabric of my life.
As a veteran teacher I have what many may call “tenure,” but rather it is what should be called due-process rights. It allows me to advocate loudly for students, teachers, and schools against what I consider atrocious actions taken to weaken the state’s public school system, a system that was considered not long ago the most progressive in this part of the country.
Those very powers that are engaging in these “reformation” projects have a propped-up representative in the office of DPI, and that person is Mark Johnson.
And according to his recent “following” of my account, he is seeking re-election for the super’s office. It does have the @VoteMarkJohnson handle.
So, I hope that he truly continues to follow this twitter account and consider following the actual twitter account of the blog that I write – @ragecaffeinated.
In fact, I hope he tries to follow the twitter account of every teacher willing to allow him to follow him. Simply send his account a request for him to follow you. For someone who wants to infuse as much technology into schools as well as conduct “listening tours,” this would be accomplishing two “goals” with one action.
I also hope that the state superintendent reads the posts that question his lack of action in the face of the very many policies that weaken our schools such as:
- Budget cuts
- Unregulated charter school growth
- HB17’s power grab
- The Innovative School District
- Principal Pay Plan
- School Choice
- Lack of Rallying with Teachers
And that’s just a few.
I wish he not only read them, but he responds to them fully explaining why he has taken or not taken action or clarifying his stance and the reasons behind them.
But even if the superintendent does not respond to anything on the blog, I do hope he checks my twitter feed. The main profile picture is of my son, Malcolm. He happens to have special needs and needs his teacher assistant to help him succeed.
Maybe each time the state superintendent sees Malcolm’s face, he could imagine Malcolm asking him what he is doing to ensure that all elementary grades still have teacher assistants and specials.
Maybe even provide some details.
But is it not ironic that Johnson follow my twitter account, but does not invite me and other teachers to the big event he is holding on Feb. 19th?
In fact, on the very day that he began to follow me, many teachers in the state who had asked for a seat at the table of the very event where he is to give a big announcement about public education received this from him.
“Due to the response from invited educators, policy makers, and philanthropic and community leaders, we are at capacity. We regret that we will not be able to provide you a seat for the dinner.”
Actually, he has been denying a seat for dinner for over two years to a LOT of teachers.
But, he will troll you on Twitter.