This is a shout-out to Marie Corfield, good friend of Blue Jersey and frequent reader and writer here, our public education advocate go-to along with our own Jersey Jazzman (who just had the lead piece in the education issue of The Progressive) and one of my own best friends.
I’m damn proud of Marie. Yesterday, on the 2-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Blue Jersey cross-posted Marie Corfield’s open letter to elected officials about what children really need them to do to help protect them.
The letter exempted those already alert to addressing the risk of gun violence to children, but it was written as a gut-check for those still making excuses for their own inaction. Marie is still fairly new to blogging, but gut-checks are her specialty; her writing on education is serious business, the way her campaigns for the NJ Legislature were.
Marie’s piece was picked up and published by The Washington Post, by WaPo education reporter Valerie Strauss, in her highly-regarded Answer Sheet column. Marie comes with my highest recommendation, whether you read her here, at her own excellent site or at The Washington Post. Here’s what it looks like at WaPo, accompanied by a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama, lighting candles in honor of 26 students and teachers, dead in Newtown, Connecticut: