While there has been a wonderful collaboration of ideas over the past several months between the original VOICE members, we have found that the time required to run a blog site as a joint effort is too great. Therefore, I have decided to become the editor of MDUSD VOICE. While I intend to broaden ideas through guest commentary, the advocacy group and the ideas put forth in this blog will be mine. I hope you will find the information informative and thought provoking as I attempt to engage parents in dialogue about the ongoing educational issues facing our district, our communities, our state, and our nation. In the upcoming months I will follow the bond measure, the school board election, the lowest performing schools list, the new proposed charter school, and of course the budget. I will share with those of you who follow this blog my thoughts on our district leadership and the need for greater communication and a comprehensive strategic plan. You will find articles and videos about education, innovation and reform occurring in districts across the country where courageous leaders have committed to real change. I am excited to embark on this undertaking and look forward to hearing your comments and ideas.