Team Englewood at LTABTeam Englewood Spoken Word Team"Hide Your Schools, Hide Your Homes, Hide Your Children, 'Cause [Rahm's] wrecking it all." -- Louder Than A Bomb Fran Spielman, Sun-Times reporter"What is the one thing that trumps money? Movement." -- Rahm’s re-election and GOP gov raceFox Business commentator Todd Wilemon […]
Case No. 2014 MR 207 "Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired" — THE PENSION CLAUSE (Ill. Const., 1970, Art. XIII, §5) "No e […]
I'll bring a business mentality to Illinois. Bruce Rauner: How Does a Hedge Fund Manager Apologize for Loss of Life?The WGN/Tribune Republican Gubernatorial Debates took place this evening. It was a more casual and open-ended debate, one that kept the conservative threesome of Brady and Dillard and Rauner in play, while Rutherford sat quietly on the be […]
The good teachers opposing CCSS based high stakes testing desperately need your help. Teachers who oppose the CCSS based state mandated high stakes test are being threatened with the stripping of their teacher certification which would end their teaching careers. … 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.
I've been filming my secret ballot for a few years now. Probably a bad idea, but it's a habit now. I took a Democratic ballot; the idea of playing three-dimensional chess in the Republican ballot was too depressing. These are just the highlights; I left out the water commissioners. And the judges. On the first page of the ballot, I counted three pe […]
PEORIA, IL -- Who should appear on the front page of the Journal Star on Sunday, March 9, than Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan. She was interviewed by columnist Phil Luciano, who let her speak and condemn herself....
I’m very proud to teach ESL at Francis Lewis High School, one of the largest schools in NYC, where I am also UFT chapter leader.When repeatedly failed schemes, like merit pay, are promoted by Governor Cuomo, NYSUT needs strong leaders. NYSUT needs to represent all teachers, whether or not they support mayoral control, VAM, or Common Core. I’ve written in the […]
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. […]
This weekend was the first Network For Public Education Conference. Sadly, WCT was snowed in, but a speech given there by Superintendent John Kuhn of the Perrin-Whitt Independent School District in Texas and Chicago's own CTU President Karen Lewis shows that it is possible for management and labor to agree on educational issues.Click the link to watch t […]
New Jersey's new teacher evaluation system -- code name: Operation Hindenburg -- is not cheap. Superintendents around the state have been warning us about this for a while: the costs of this inflexible system are going to impose a significant financial burden on districts, making this a wasteful, unfunded mandate.But if you don't believe me, and yo […]
Jose Vilson, CCSS Panel, Network for Public Education This past week has been nothing short of nuts. I had the opportunity to attend (and present and moderate) at the first annual Network for Public Education Conference, a gathering of education activists from across the country, including Diane Ravitch (the organization’s president), Deborah Meier, Karen […]
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 […]
I cross-posted this article on Huffington Post, to reach a wider audience beyond the blog. The moral of the story is that it is very risky to tangle with the charter school lobby. They are very rich, they are very powerful, and they are accustomed to opening their boutique charters in public space without paying […]
The College Board is going to "radically revamp" the SAT — with the goal of putting SAT test prep companies out of business and aligning the test to the Common Core academic standards. But as long as Common Core is chained to high-stakes standardized testing, test-prep will continue to trump authentic classroom teacher and assessment.According to P […]