Thursday, December 13, 2007

Response: A Departing School Board Member's Apology to the Federal Way Community

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Response to A Departing School Board Member's Apology to the Federal Way Community

Charlie Hoff ROCKS. He has more passion for the future of the kids in this community than many parents do - to our shame.

Unknown to many, he offers consulting to help kids prepare for college; on Sundays you can find him down at the local bookstore doing so. For free.

He has been an outspoken proponent of improved education for YEARS, long before his election to the board; and the resistance he encountered during his tenure only speaks to the unfortunate, ill-informed, self-centered nature of his opponents that's frankly based far more in ego and being unable to admit it when they are wrong than in recognizing common sense when they see it.

To them, I ask: what kind of triumph do you think you have won?

To Charlie, I say: the class and dignity that you consistently display is all the more evident in your taking personal responsibility for the performance of the board during your term of service; and in not giving up and not giving in to your opponents.

Be encouraged, Charlie. You are a good man, and your service has been appreciated. Your positive influence has been felt. Kids are in college because of what you've done; and their lives and the lives of their families will be better.

Your goal is education; and I for one, have learned much from you.

May God bless you.

-- Skip Stocks

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