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NEA and IEA losing membership cred on SB7 lies.

August 6, 2012

The unelected Executive Director contradicts the membership’s views of Senate Bill 7.

Maybe some of our folks were confused a year ago about Senate Bill 7.

Then IEA President Ken Swanson lied to local leaders and members that this was teacher-led school reform.

Some of us didn’t buy it. But I understand why some did. Why would the leadership mislead us?

That was then and this is now.

Anybody who is paying attention knows that Illinois Senate Bill 7 is a disaster both for downstate teachers and Chicago teachers.

In the only democratic vote taken by the membership on the issue of Senate Bill 7 by the main governing body of the IEA in March, unelected IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin was directed to document the damage Senate Bill 7 has caused.

I haven’t heard anything about the progress of her investigation.

But the subtext of that directive was that teachers already know there is widespread damage.

And yet, as I reported in a previous post, the unelected Executive Director continues to spin the baloney that Illinois Senate Bill 7 was teacher-led reform. This week she sat on a panel with Illinois Senator Lightford at the National Council of State Legislators and continued to argue it. It doesn’t pass the laugh test.

Arguing this nonsense in front of legislators from around the country is hugely dangerous. It does the dirty work of corporate school reformers like Stand for Children.

But there is an even bigger danger.

When the leadership continues to spread a story that the membership simply knows is not true, it undermines their credibility for the struggles ahead.

The present elected leadership is saddled with the view of the unelected Executive Director which is at odds with the experience and expressed views of the members.

The elected leadership has asked for our trust as they maneuver through the difficult issues involved in preserving our constitutional rights to our pensions.

But their credibility is now at risk because of the Executive Director.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2012 7:40 pm

    So maybe you should unvote to unrecall her.

  2. Annonymous permalink
    August 6, 2012 10:44 pm

    I wonder if they received money from the Gates Foundation, like the NEA did. If so, that would explain a lot. Is there any way of finding out who has been donating money to the IEA?

  3. granny permalink
    August 7, 2012 12:31 am

    Okay, so there is this unelected Executive Director, who is apparently refusing to do the job that the membership has requested she do. The elected officials are throwing up their hands in surrender to their employee?!

  4. August 10, 2012 1:18 pm

    I cannot find anything about SB7 on the IEA website that is not filled with flowery words about how great it is. I was looking for just the facts kind of handout or PowerPoint to give to our membership but could not find a thing that was not full of brainwashing talking points, it was so embarrassing, and how stupid do they think we are. I cannot tell our membership it was teacher led reform because no one believes it was and it discredits our local union.

    IEA continuing to push this line is making it hard for those of us in the real world working with our membership. They do not feel represented; they feel abandoned and wonder who is representing them and what our dues are paying for if it isn’t to represent them.

    How do we get new leadership? If you want to run for an office in the IEA, how do you get on the ballot?

    Also no position on Pension Cost Shift? Nothing on our website about August 17th Rally day in Springfield? What is going on? I am feeling like something is being hidden from us. This just doesn’t feel right, something is amiss.

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