The mistrust and animosity among educators regarding state Public Education Department reforms caused Brooks, in a recent email to teachers and staff, to take the unusual step of imploring them to not leave their jobs.
“Don’t quit. … Don’t quit on our kids, Don’t walk out on our kids. Don’t succumb to those who really don’t care about our kids,” he wrote.
Brooks said he got an earful after attending recent teacher/community meetings designed in part to help explain PED reforms to teachers and parents and get feedback from them.