I didn't know her before March of 2011 either, but strangely enough, it's me. That's when I went to my first meeting about the opposition to the third application of the Tikun Olam Hebrew Language Charter High School in my hometown of Highland Park, NJ. On my way out the door I remember turning to my husband and saying, "I'm afraid if I go to this meeting I'm going to get more involved in this than I want to." Damn, was I ever right.
Now less than 9 months later I am helping to plan to Occupy the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). How did I go from "mom" to "Mother Crusader" in this short time? I'm hoping to use this blog to detail the things I have learned along the way, and how the goings on in tiny little Highland Park, NJ exemplify some of the more troubling aspects of the big ed reform debate swirling around our state and our country.