Monday, April 27, 2015

Education: Former Teacher Sweeps School Board Election Vote

John Dryden, who made national news in 2013 when he chose student rights over job security, ran for a school board seat in the district that cut his teaching career short this past spring. He won one of three seats, beating the standing incumbent by six hundred votes in a town of 26,000 citizens (according to 2013 census data). Many of his votes came from former students and first-time voters, some of which spoken before the board in defense of him.

"Give 'em hell" is the general response to Mr Dryden's successful campaign, where he plans to do just that, targeting the issues that interfered with his lesson plans, including "creat[ing] a bottom-up model that focuses on teachers rather than [the existing] top-down model focusing on administrators," according to the Chicago Tribune.

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