This is a hard post to write, but as a reporter (for the next five days, at least), I mustn't bury the lead: I volunteered today to be laid off by The Sun.
After the 61 layoffs in our newsroom two weeks ago, former reporters laid off from other job classifications (i.e., columnists, copy editors) have the option of going back into the reporting lineup. As a result of that "bumping," some of the reporters with low seniority are being laid off this week, including a friend with many more personal responsibilities than I have. That friend's situation inspired me to offer my job, but I think it will also be the right move for me personally, sorry as I am to leave the Baltimore schools beat that I've come to care so much about.
And this blog...
When I found out two years ago that The Sun would be starting an education blog, I complained that it would take up too much time. I was right that it is a huge time investment, but I had no idea how much fun or rewarding it would be. Suddenly, teachers and administrators who never would have let me quote them by name in the newspaper were speaking out about the challenges they face every day, sparking some of the most engaging and meaningful dialogue in which I've ever been a part. We've often talked about how the best professional development comes from teachers sharing ideas. Similarly, I believe that some of the best solutions to the problems facing our schools can come from thoughtful conversation among stakeholders like you.
To Bill, Wise Educator, A Parent, Corey, Interesting Observations, Simon, David Ortiz, Veteran Teacher, Brandon, Avalon, Alrighty Then..., Steph, Just An Observation, Over The Top, James from Hampden, Calamity, MATHS students, even Interested & Engaged BCPSS Parent with your hard-to-decipher comments, and the many others who keep this blog lively: Thank you. And please keep it up. Liz will be taking over for me, at least temporarily. As she adjusts to her expanded assignment, we've discussed the possibility of recruiting several of you to do guest posts on the issues that you think are important. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you're interested.
To More Humbly Did I Teach, Smallest Twine, Baltimore Diary, Surviving The System, Challenge To Care in Charm City bloggers, and the rest of you with your own Baltimore education blogs: Thank you, too, for helping me to keep up on the issues. I will continue to follow your stories.
I'm not sure what's in store for me next. I'm looking at opportunities both in Baltimore and in New York City, which would put me with my sister and a quick train ride from the rest of my family in Connecticut. It's strange to think that, for the first time in 16 years, I won't be a newspaper reporter anymore. But I'm lucky that along the way, I developed a second, even stronger passion for the subject I've been covering for nearly a decade now. And since public schools aren't going away anytime soon, I hope I can find something that enables me to help kids in a different role.
If you'd like to stay in touch, friend me on Facebook, direct message me on Twitter
, or contact any of my colleagues here for my personal e-mail address.
About that meetup: I still plan to be at Teavolve at 6 p.m. on May 27. I hope to see many of you there.
I'll be here through Monday and will continue to post until then.