The other day a woman came to the door who seemed reluctant to talk and had a "I was just dozing off" kind of face ... As we got started talking, though, she was really able to let loose with some concerns she had about TUSD. By the time I left, she was saying "I'm so glad I met you--I can't wait until November!
It’s a pattern: TUSD past and present employees are overwhelmingly happy to hear that someone listens to and shares their concerns. Speaking with them is like opening the floodgates. Almost universally, they do not state problems with the students as their main concerns. Don't get me wrong--parents often DO state that teacher/staff problems with other students is THEIR main concern--but not staff and teachers. They usually love their schools but have big problems with central administration. Almost unerringly they speak of how undervalued they feel (or felt).
Then there was the voter who has been carefully going through all of the Board candidates because there are a passel of kids in the family that go to TUSD schools and mom and daughter both are super involved and have significant concerns. She recognized me from my website, we had a great conversation. I put a sign in the yard, and went on around the corner to meet her daughter.
The best was the mid 30's something young man who answered "the district is in trouble, they need help" when I said "what are you thinking about TUSD?" After alternately talking to him and to his little boy (probably about 2) about TUSD and finding his soccer ball I said "well, I hope I get your vote".... He said "You already have".