Natasha KoreckiA new progressive movement that’s swept through New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Jersey City, New Jersey; Oregon; and Seattle has arrived in Chicago. -- Sun-TimesAmisha Patel, executive director of Grassroots Illinois Action“We’re building ward committees with everyday people who are wanting to take back their city from elected officials who […]
Illinois Policy Institute By Any Other Name Would Smell the Same A writer for the Illinois Policy Institute tried her hand at analogies the other day. Diana Sroka Rickert, whose article was directed at “solving the pension mess,” had some suggestions. Of course as an IPI spokesperson, those recommendations involved privatization, 401K programs, and a scrap […]
Dear Everyone, Not long after I began teaching Language Arts at the high school level in a Chicago suburb, I underwent very serious surgery that was unexpected. When I returned to the classroom, I was still healing and would be … 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.
PEORIA, IL -- Many of the people commenting to the Peoria District 150 School Board on July 21 urged the board not to cut back the time allowed for public comments, from five minutes to three minutes. An agenda item...
To my mind, the worst thing about the 2005 UFT Contract was giving up seniority transfers and the UFT transfer plan so that veteran teachers could become ATR teachers. Rendering them week to week wandering subs a few years back made that even worse. And the cherry on that cake was giving them second-tier due process rights, the very worst thing about the 201 […]
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 […]
Principal Resignation Letterhttp://iamschicago.com/sites/iamschicago.com/files/ResignationfromInter-American.doc.pdfExcerpt:"In my vision about student achievement, a principal needs to be proactive and have autonomy in making decisions that work with her school and vision. In my four years at Inter-American, I have had four CEO’s. Each CEO has had a dr […]
Via Peter Greene, I see that Andy Smarick, formerly of the New Jersey Department of Education, is quite vexed at the idea that someone's feelings may get hurt when discussing the expansion of charter schools:I have two concerns with the way these things are trending. The first is that our field needs someone who consistently makes earnest, objective, st […]
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 […]
But one decision, one rule, I kept. Almost. I decided not to go into my school. When my sabbatical was approved, May of 2013, I had to make some decisions about the school year that just passed. I chose an institution to take courses, and then I changed, and then I partially changed again. And […]
Jon Pelto speculates that the charter industry has lost its magic in Connecticut with the downfall of Michael Sharpe of Jumoke Academy and FUSE. Investigations multiply, and there’s the pesky fact that test scores tanked at one of the FUSE schools. And Pelto reports that the “reformer” selected to head the schools of New London […]
Brokerage firm founder Charles Schwab rode the emerging wave of online investing to amass client assets of over $2 trillion, and a net worth of $6 billion. He's now become one of the biggest patrons of corporate-style school reform, investing millions in privately-run charters schools like KIPP, Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and Michelle R […]