What, exactly, do you want to say?
An elated Andres Alonso called me Tuesday afternoon to talk about New York City winning the Broad Prize, the nation's biggest urban education award. Alonso, of course, was NYC's deputy chancellor for teaching and learning before becoming Baltimore's schools CEO in July.
Baltimore school board chairman Brian Morris was with Alonso at the time of the call, and Alonso wanted to pass along a quote from him: "We are serving notice to the nation that we got next."
As my conversation with Alonso continued, Morris interrupted to revise his quote: "We want to serve notice to the nation that we will be a serious competitor for the Broad Prize within two years."
"That's so much tamer," said Alonso, talking on speaker phone. "I like the, 'We want to serve notice that we got next.'"
Repeating the initial quote, Morris said I could use whichever one my editor liked better. I made the executive decision to go with the original.
See my earlier entry on the Broad award here.