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The in box. “One retired teacher even stood up saying that he will not stop interrupting until he heard truthful information coming from the panel.”

August 3, 2012

Fred,

I was also at last night’s meeting in Lemont. And, yes, Sig makes some accurate observations. However, I think that the teachers at the meeting, largely dominated the forum and were successful at controlling the tone despite the IPI’s agenda to communicate false information. They criticized the planned survey and its vaguely written questions forcing the moderator to suspend the survey. Teachers spoke out, interrupted IPI people and Senator Bald Head when false information was given and made it clear that they were not going to put up with bullshit! The highlight of the night was when the prim and proper debate moderator has to stop the meeting to scold the audience for interrupting the IPI panelist by saying, “You are all teachers, don’t you expect cooperation from you children when you are speaking to you children?” to which several in the audience yelled back. “We are not children!!!” One retired teacher even stood up saying that he will not stop interrupting until he heard truthful information coming from the panel. Was that you Sig?

I totally agree that the IEA should tell the IPI to go stick it! It almost seemed that Rainey was out-of-place and being set up, although she handled it well. WITH ALL THE ANGRY TEACHERS WILLING TO FIGHT, I STILL CAN’T IMAGINE WHY THE IEA IS NOT MOBILIZING THE MEMBERSHIP IN A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY?

BIG Kudos who to all the retired teachers in the room fighting this issue!!!!

A victory for teachers? I don’t know. However the IEA leadership needs to fight as hard as the teachers in the room did last night.

- Jerry

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sig Lisowski permalink
    August 3, 2012 10:33 am

    No it wasn’t me. I found it funny when I pointed out that when the Il. tax was originated it was to fund schools it may have been the senator that said “they lied.” I see now we are in the era of truth? Last nite was not a good example of truth in our time.

  2. August 3, 2012 12:11 pm

    Sig,

    What the Senator said in response to your statement was that, “it is one of the biggest myths in Illinois that the lottery money goes to education.” The Senator appears to be too young to know that the Illinois lottery was created exactly for that reason. And its a further shame that he doesn’t have an sliver of knowledge about Illinois history.

    -Jerry

  3. August 4, 2012 10:19 am

    I ‘m old enough to remember the beginnings of the Illinois Lottery in the mid-1970s. Perhaps someone could clarify for the [younger] Senator who hasn’t study his history that even a cursory check on Wikipedia could have enlightened his viewpoint. But hurry before the page gets scrubbed!
    “Distribution of funds – Proceeds from the Illinois Lottery and unclaimed prizes are distributed to support education and schools in Illinois.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_State_Lottery

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