From 1978 to 2001, I worked for the San Jose Mercury News as an op-ed columnist and editorial writer. I left to write my charter school book, Our School. Tomorrow I’m going back to the Merc as a temporary, emergency, less-than-full-time editorial writer. I’ll work till the November election, with time off for some quick trips to Chicago, LA and Denver which already were on the schedule. If they’re still desperate, I may work through November. (The editorial pages staff was down to half its peak level and then two people quit in the same week.) I think it will be fun to see the old gang, that is, the fraction of the old gang who didn’t take the two buy-outs since I left.
Writing editorials will be my first priority but I may get a column in at some point. Back in the day, when I had a regular column, I prided myself on being a reliable utility infielder willing to help the team with editorials, copy editing or proofreading as needed. I hope I’ve still got it. The one thing I miss since I started freelancing — aside from the paycheck direct deposited to my account every Thursday — is the teamwork.
I will try to keep up the blog, but I’m going to try not to blog about every single education thing that happens. I hope I can lure some Mercury News readers to read the blog and, of course, to buy the book.