Tuesday's protest to save Gresham (Sun-Times)DIEDRUS BROWN...the principal of embattled Gresham Elementary on Chicago's south side, continued her very vocal fight Tuesday to save her school from undergoing a so-called “turnaround” — but this time with about 40 teachers, parents and students marching with her.SUSPENSIONS...Dozens of students […]
“Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control… Bloomberg's group, called Every Town for Gun Safety, will focus on state and local lawmakers, ‘corporate boards, and state and federal elections - fields of play for […]
John Laesch on Proposed Charter School LegislationNote: Representative Linda Chapa LaVia and other legislators have drafted more than one bill seeking changes in the operations of charter schools and the Illinois Charter School Commission. John Laesch, activist for Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, has outlined his own position below regarding these effo […]
This past weekend the Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly performed its meet-and-greet of the two opposing gubernatorial candidates. President Klickna and others decided to continue this event in spite of 2014 reality. Both candidates are anti-teacher, anti-public school, anti-pension, anti-union, … Continue reading →
Interactive clinic with POCDE members from 3-5 p.m. Clinic registration online at www.pocde.org Free preview performance from 5-6 p.m. You need not participate in the clinic to attend the preview performance.
Evening all, I'm trying to post an update on the Gulen-linked charter school language arts competition that took place on the 11th--- but it's going to have to wait. Busy season here.Meanwhile, I was just sort of meandering through the campaign contributions for Yes For Independent Maps, which I haven't paid any attention to until now. Evident […]
PEORIA, IL -- Public comments at the April 14 Peoria District 150 School Board meeting raised many questions that were never answered. There were two opportunities for the public to comment, first the usual session, then a public hearing on...
by guest blogger Arwen E.Michelle Rhee popped up in The Washington Post this month glorifying the same standardized tests from which so many parents seek to shelter their children. It is so strange to me, in this day and age, that one who started her career with a glaring example of child abuse could come so far and exercise so much influence upon our publ […]
I have heard through the grapevine that a teacher at my school is seriously considering refusing to give the ISAT test on Tuesday. Through that same grapevine, I’ve heard that another 2 teachers may be interested in doing so if they weren’t alone and I am seriously considering making it 4. It’s a tough decision. […]
In Sunday's New York Times Paul Krugman talks about zombie ideas: "an idea that should have been killed by evidence, but refuses to die." While Krugman's op-ed is about an overstated skills gap in the American workforce, his point fits perfectly with CPS's current obsession with ideas that refuse to die. Some of these ideas are:B3 […]
I've got a new piece in NJ Spotlight this week. An excerpt:"All this raises a larger point: what sort of people do we want teaching in our schools? Educators who demand that they be respected and treated as the career professionals they are? Or employees who meekly accept frozen pay, diminished benefits, and degraded workplace protections? Who are […]
I’m going to drop a blog sometime on Wednesday, but in the meantime, I have an online presentation tomorrow for the Global Math Department, and I’m using this one to namedrop and blow spots. I’ll be on fire. If you’re interested, please do RSVP to this presentation. I might even raffle off one of my books because, well, this is what we do now. RSVP NOW! Than […]
Yesterday I turned 50. I would have thought it a bigger deal. I got up. Had yogurt, coffee. Went to class. Professor was late. Got out. Found I got a ticket. (took photos, and felt “outraged” but not actually angry. I really wasn’t in the bus stop. And it did not spoil my good, mellow […]
The states are roiled with pushback and rebellion against the Common Core, and wise heads say the problem is the implementation. If only the implementation had been slower; if only it had left out the testing until much, much later; if only, if only. But Peter Greene says the problem goes beyond implementation. He gives […]
In which I visit Arne Duncan’s alma mater on the hunt for *secret sauce* Reader: you are almost certainly aware that our Secretary of Education, Mr. Arne Duncan, has many excellent ideas regarding how to enhance the excellence of our failed … Continue reading →
Thanks to a lucrative state contract given him by none other than Gov. Quinn, Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner is making millions in the prison/industrial complex. Quinn says he didn't know Rauner was still associated with GTCR. Rauner formerly headed GTCR LLC, a Chicago private equity firm in which he still holds a stake as an investor. Since Decemb […]