Patti Vasquez and Pete Lee on WGN last nightSpecial thanks to WGN's Patti Vasquez for having me on her show last night. Comedian Pete Lee was Patti's co-host and we had a friendly and far-ranging discussion on ed issues. Patti and Pete are both very funny, but serious when it comes to schooling and other social issues.I felt at times that I should […]
“A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at the suburban medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.“Dr. Lee Silverman emptied his chamber, striking patient Richard Plotts several times. Plotts by then had shot the c […]
Letters From the Inside: Thank you, Mr. Ratto.In the last few months, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to have some time to converse with active teachers who remain in the classroom trying to construct great lessons for children while being subjected to an often threatening and reductionist matrix by forces cascading down from well outside the school […]
David Sirota exposes yet another major rip-off of teachers – active and retired. The political leadership of both major political parties, the elected officials, and the corporate thieves who control major media outlets lie and propagandize about these rip-offs. “As … Continue reading →
Detroit workers, retirees give bankruptcy plan a boost ChicagoTribune.com (Reuters) – Detroit will head into the critical phase of its historic bankruptcy case next month with the backing of an overwhelming majority of its active and retired workers and with opposition from a small, hard-core group of hold-out creditors.
I wonder if Alderman JoAnn Thompson fully understands what is happening to her, in terms of being assimilated into the Borg, and all.Today a $3,000 campaign contribution popped up on her A-1 disclosure. It's from the vice-president of Concept, Inc., which as you know, has recently been visited at least 19 times by men and women from the FBI, armed with […]
PEORIA, IL -- This looks interesting. From a news release: What in the Warehouse? Artists of the Atelier Opens August 6 Ten different artists with ten different visions who all call The Atelier in the Warehouse District their Gallery homes,...
Here is the rub: If the New York State Education Department were a teacher, parents would be on the phone and NYSED would soon be called down to the principal's office. In the hands of an apt administrator, NYSED would be sternly advised to change or denied tenure. As it works out though, parents protest in great numbers (i.e., in Poughkeepsie), but […]
Since the Great Depression Adolph Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, and assorted right wing South American despots have been the loudest voices fueling a backlash against the labor unions. Last week, the right-wing gained an unlikely new ally: Carmel Martin. Ms. Martin wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Sun-Times calling the teachers unions foolish for opposing […]
Remember Chris Christie's big idea from this past winter? He was going to lengthen the school day and the school year. It was urgent that we do this immediately: "This is a key step to improve student outcomes and boost our competitiveness. We should do it now."So, how's that going, Governor?It was one of the centerpieces of Gov. Chris Ch […]
Last week, I delved a little deeper into this issue of teachers of color, hoping to sow some of the prevailing narratives up and construct something more cogent. Yet, when it comes down to it, the lack of teachers of color is a symptom and not a cause of the education gaps we currently see. Time and again, we get reports from former teachers of color about […]
Teachers and paras are suing the UFT for retroactive pay? The principals’ union is calling the mayor “outrageous” for refusing to pay retro to principals? What gives? The contract as written does not include retroactive payments. Instead, there are lump sums equivalent to what a member would have earned from 2009-11, payable only to retirees […]
The fabulously wealthy Koch brothers have developed a plan to teach their libertarian ideas to high school students. It is sort of like tobacco companies teaching students that smoking is good for you. They have used their vast resources to identify like-minded teachers, to train them and to supply course materials. Their program, called Young […]
*Disruption*: everything that’s wrong with the education reform movement in a single concept By *The 49er* Today’s installment of Confessions of a D-List Reformer is brought to you by the letter *D,* as in *disruption.* Attend any kind of education … Continue reading →
The GriffinsSORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS (No, really) that right-wing billionaire power couple, Ken and Ann Griffin are splitting up. Whatever happened to "'til death do us part"?The Griffins have been the money-bags behind both Bruce Rauner's and Rahm Emanuel's political ascendency. They have also bankrolled much of Chicago's union-b […]