John Bagley With Good Advice for Kevin Johnson “KJ”
In case you don’t know who KJ is, don’t feel bad. Kevin Johnson (KJ) is a former (excellent) basketball player who is now the Mayor of Sacramento, CA. He is married to the shrill masquerading Democrat Michelle Rhee who seems to be quite interested in enriching herself while at the same time destroying teachers’ careers and endangering students’ academic success.
KJ has apparently been on a tour to tell school districts to discontinue voting for elected school board officials, interestingly, the city of Sacramento has an elected school board….go figure. Enter John Bagley, who is also an ex-basketball star. Mr. Bagley happens to be on one of those elected school boards and he has some choice words for Mr. Johnson that I think are worth passing along.
Thanks to Diane Ravitch’s invaluable blog for passing along the link to this rebuttal of Mr. Johnson’s activities.
Kevin Johnson, better known as “KJ,” was an outstanding NBA player, someone that I played against for many years. I guess he is an OK mayor of Sacramento, California, too, although I am not familiar with the politics of a city 3,000 miles away from here.
But here in Bridgeport, in Connecticut, the `Land of Steady Habits,’ where we still value home rule and the right to vote, I claim the home court advantage.
On September 4, I was honored by the people of the City in which I was born, raised and educated, with a seat on our Board of Education. I am well aware of the fact that I owe my office and my allegiance to the people of Bridgeport.
Therefore, because “KJ” decided to fly in from California and support the ongoing efforts to disenfranchise my friends and neighbors, I think he should be whistled for a technical foul. I wish he was here to go one-on-one concerning the subject of democracy.
I am aware of “KJ’s” rooting interest in the movement which seeks to take away our right to vote. After all, he is married to Michelle Rhee, a controversial so-called education reformer.
Maybe he is not the right person to referee an election here in Bridgeport.
I believe in the right to vote, and was taught, while growing up in Bridgeport, that our public school students were as good as any of our suburban neighbors.
I was privileged to play basketball for Coach Charley Bentley at Harding. Coach demanded hard work, discipline and sacrifice, whether you were a star, or the 12th man.
He instilled pride in us, and told us we could beat anybody, and more often than not, we did.
I want our students in Bridgeport to apply that same discipline and dedication to academics. I will do everything that I can, as a member of the Bridgeport Board of Education to see that they get the help and encouragement that they need.
“KJ” didn’t tell us that his city of Sacramento, like the towns of Trumbull, Fairfield, Easton, Stratford and Westport, has an elected Board of Education. When he and his so-called `reformers’ start demanding an appointed board in Trumbull and Fairfield, then I will be willing to listen to what he has to say, even if his advice comes long-distance.
Maybe “KJ” and his `reformers’ can explain why the city of New Haven, which has an appointed board, has more failing schools than Bridgeport.
This is true, despite the presence on their appointed Board of Education of the former director of CONNCAN, the Connecticut leader of takeover policies.
I have only one final piece of advice for `KJ’, don’t come into my house and mess with my right to vote!