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About ourschoolsblog

Rickey Williams is the author of this blog and began his career in public education in 1982. He has a deep respect for educators and the mission of public education. The author earned his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration. As an adjunct, he teaches graduate level courses to aspiring campus principals. His public education experience includes teaching math and coaching to secondary students (6-12), leading campuses as the high school principal, and leading districts as the superintendent. Foundational beliefs about public education include: Students and staff must feel safe and valued while in school. Educators and parents who promote and value an education enhance a child’s education. Students must be given the opportunity to reach their academic and social potential through high expectations, sound curriculum, and differentiated instruction. Enthusiastic educators have a passion for teaching and continuous professional growth. All district employees will be examples of professional and ethical conduct and will promote and enhance a positive and collaborative school climate.

Thirty Years at Risk-Terrel H. Bell

Introduction When tracing back the linage of the present day school reform movement, all paths converge to a federal report presented to the public in 1983 entitled, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. For educators or for … Continue reading

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Thirty Years at Risk-Introduction

It’s not difficult to identify seminal moments in our nation’s history to explain or justify the reaction from our country to those moments. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to our direct involvement in World War II even though … Continue reading

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Republican Educator for Paul Sadler

In my opinion, anyone in Texas who is a devout supporter of public education should support Paul Sadler for the U.S. Senate.  Although Ted Cruz’s win over David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination was impressive, Paul Sadler knows public education … Continue reading

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Scapegoating Public Education

A scapegoat is one who is blamed and punished for the transgression of others as a way of distracting attention from the real problem. Public Schools have become political scapegoats and campaign fodder for public office seekers. But who would … Continue reading

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Why Teachers Leave Teaching

I’ve always believed that teachers get into the profession of education for all the right reasons (helping children, making a difference, being a positive example, etc.), and leave the profession for all the wrong reasons. Teachers don’t leave the profession … Continue reading

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Rick Perry…Our Governor…Our Woes

Here in the Lone Star State of Texas, we have a governor that has been at odds with public educators for most of his extremely long tenure as governor. Rick Perry likes to “stick-it” to public educators, principals and especially … Continue reading

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Parents Want Their Children in Safe Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was quoted in a speech at Howard University, a predominately black university in Washington DC, that data in a report released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights suggests black and … Continue reading

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