Apparently I wasn't the only one who was impressed by fourth-grade teacher Justin Ashley's letter to House Speaker Thom Tillis.
Teachers, parents and advocates around the state shared it on social media. Superintendent Heath Morrison included a link in his Friday email to more than 18,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees. The Public School Forum of North Carolina copied the letter to more than 4,000 education supporters around the state.
Ashley, who teaches at McAlpine Elementary in south Charlotte, says he got dozens of messages of support and congratulations. But by week's end, he hadn't gotten a reply from Tillis, a Mecklenburg Republican who was once an active CMS parent.
So he launched something new: A petition on Change.org asking Gov. Pat McCrory to spend a day teaching his class. He had 670 online signatures Sunday afternoon.