John Bliss 4

John Bliss is a long-time educator in both public and charter schools. He is the founder of Urban Choice Charter Charter School and currently teaches 6th grade in the Rochester City School District. In this episode, John focuses on the rigid patterns public schools have fallen into which can only produce more of the same failing results. He champions a reorganization of city schools spearheaded by “outsider” stakeholders who are not tied to policies and practices that perpetuate themselves but do not move the needle on student gains. He also calls for more respect and support for classroom teachers with the following quote: “Teachers should be the rock stars, not the roadies.”