Rahm Emanuel has enlisted an army of machine cronies, low-lifes, losers and thugs to help run his re-election campaign. This political rogues gallery includes state Democratic machine boss Mike Madigan, County party boss Joe Berrios and Patrick J. Ward, a former Metra employee at the center of the agency’s patronage scandal last year.The Sun-Times reports th […]
From the General Counsel of the IEA regarding the Pension Lawsuit. Your members may have questions. Please call me if you have any regarding this matter. Shelley Begin forwarded message: From: “Roth, Mitch” Date: November 20, 2014 at 4:16:55 PM CST Subject: Pension Lawsuit Decision to Issue Tomorrow at 2 Today, a hearing was held […] […]
“Under its newly elected leadership, the Massachusetts Teachers Association has become a democratic, rank and file-led organization —one that is starting to rack up victories”“To the casual observer, Massachusetts may seem like an unlikely place to open up a new front in the assault on teachers. The state has the highest test scores in the nation, and just t […]
Fred Klonsky and Bev JohnsAccording to Bev Johns, education activist and contributor to Fred Klonsky’s blog, recent activity in Springfield approaching the Veto Session suggests that Speaker Madigan may be considering/preparing to move on a pension cost shift to the local level districts. This is neither a new idea nor one particular to the Speaker. From 2 […]
Why are we ignoring the massive ($100 billion) wage theft that is happening right now? Active and retired teachers are the main targets. Specific funds are targeted by specific billionaires and financial service industry investors. Active teachers seem to accept … Continue reading →
Judge hears final arguments in Illinois pension overhaul case abc7chicago.com In Springfield, lawyers for state employees and retirees argued in court that the Illinois Constitution bars lawmakers from cutting their pension benefits.
ITo my knowledge, I've never met Saqib Bhatti, but he's certainly kicking ass and taking names.I've tried to understand auction rate securities and swaps but it completely evades me. Financial deals should be comprehensible, but these exotic financing things just don't penetrate. It's like trying to learn the rules of euchre or mahjo […]
PEORIA, IL -- Here's a very interesting article by Dr. John Carroll that tells the inside story of what goes on in hospitals. (Carroll will not like this comment, but I have read that most medical students also are not...
I travel a lot, so I spend an awful lot of time in my car. I think bluetooth is a gift from heaven. I bought a new car that has it, and I can't believe how much easier my life is. I gave my old car to my daughter, who spent $200 putting a bluetooth receiver in it. I feel like a total fool for not having consulted her years ago.The great thing about blue […]
Here in New Jersey, four large urban school districts -- Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Camden -- are under the control of the state. The elected school boards have little to no power over operations and personnel. In addition, several districts have state-appointed fiscal monitors, who exercise power over many, if not most, decisions.So, how's this […]
[Today's special guest is Anthony Mullen, 2009 Teacher of the Year and awesome writer. Feel free to tell us what you think about his post in the comments below.] The young man wearing blue jeans and a red and white polo shirt is anxious. He frequently looks at his watch, shaking his head while staring at the train tracks. He is restless and angry and im […]
Six weeks in, and I’m back in the swing. I could write “it feels like I never left” but that wouldn’t be true. I’m calmer, feel better. Leave aside that I’ve studied a lot and seen a lot, been to a lot of cool places, made new friends… And I have continued life without an […]
Who wrote the Common Core standards? Advocates say that teachers did it but that is not accurate. . Here are two useful descriptions of the process that created the Common Core standards. This one is by Mercedes Schneider, who completed a book about the Common Core last summer; it will be published by Teachers College […]
In Douglas County Colorado, science gets the edupreneurial treatment… Dear EduShyster: my child’s school has been spending a lot of time on something called Emergenetics personality profiling. Students take online tests to determine what color matches their style of thinking and behaving. I question whether this has anything to do with science and/or the bra […]
KYLE STOKES / STATEIMPACT INDIANACharter Schools USA president and CEO Jon Hage Florida-based for-profit, Charter Schools USA is moving on poverty-stricken York, PA and now threatens a takeover that would turn the entire school district into privately-run charters.The York School Board vote on charterizing all district schools was tabled yesterday until Dece […]