While teachers around the country are severely disappointed that we now have a secretary of education with no experience in the public schools, the silver lining is that opposition to Betsy DeVos has inspired many to stand up and draw positive attention to public schools.
Just last night at the Oscars, Westport Public Schools alumnus Justin Paul did just that. Paul used his precious seconds on stage after winning an Oscar for Best Original Song to thank not only his wife, daughter, family, and God, but also his Westport teachers and public school education.
Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek won Oscars for “City of Stars,” the song they wrote for “La La Land.”
Watch his remarks below.