Friday, May 30

From an Insideschools graduate: Goodbye and good luck


In a week filled with budget cut showdowns, botched pre-K admissions letters, and anticipation of middle school and G&T placement decisions, I'm pretty sure I'm just about the last thing on your minds. But that won't stop me from trying to insert myself there.

At the end of May last year, the Insideschools blog was still just an idea. A year later, its archive contains more than 525 posts(!) ranging from meeting coverage to analysis of articles and reports to help understanding the DOE's confusing policy changes. In my three years at Insideschools, I've enjoyed nothing more than writing this blog and interacting with the parents, teachers, policy wonks, and school officials who read it.

Today is my last day at Insideschools. After today, I'll be reading this blog, but I won't be contributing to it. I'm confident that I'm leaving the blog in more-than-capable hands — Helen Zelon, who has contributed coverage of the budget cuts already, will post regularly through the summer, and you'll soon see some other new names; let Insideschools know if you'd like to be one of them — but still, I will miss it.

When I see you around the city and the Internet, say hello. And until then, know that I am rooting for you all in this crazy, mixed-up school system.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

We will miss you! Where are you going?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'll miss you so much!!
You have been the only good thing I get/get to know in the G&T madness.
Without this blog/info/your comments, I would have lost it...

I think many many people would feel the same way.

Adriana Velez said...

Good luck, Philissa. Thanks for your good work.

Anonymous said...

You will be missed!

audra said...

philissa,
i just met you yesterday, when i for the first time ever, read your blogs re: pre-k (being a rejected sibling family)-- and i am so sad to see you go... so soon (for me!) i wish you the best, with many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for everything - your blog has been great and incrdibly informative - an island of sanity and answers.

Anonymous said...

Phillissa,

I only got to read your blog and get to know your excellent reporting and writing voice during the G/T results. You were a soothing voice during the process and helping us makes sense of the results and placement. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of your excellent coverage. Your blog has been one of the key tools in my school search. Wishing you well on your future endeavors!

Anonymous said...

Phillissa

I'll miss reading your blogs. They've been a lifeline for me in past year during the G&T process for my DD. All the best to you in your future endeavors.

eduwonkette said...

Philissa,

The NYC education news is not going to be the same without you. Thank you for all that you've done to cover the NYC system, and best of luck to you in your next steps!