Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.
Quote of the week: Michael Madigan.
January 6, 2013
“We are telling people who have worked for governments, and who have been told for years how much their pension would be, that the number is going to change. They are going to get less in retirement then they thought they would.”
- Democratic Party Chairman and Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan.
Harvard students are calling for and end to the university's ties with TFA.MORE STUFF WE ALREADY KNEW…The feds are telling us once again that there's a huge disparity in children’s access to fully qualified and experienced teachers. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has begun collecting data on student enrollment by race and […]
- Fred Klonsky, SORE President The Illinois Education Association was founded in 1853. It became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857. In 1966 the NEA and the African American American Teachers Association merged. We also merged in Illinois. The NEA essentially removed administrators from leadership and became a union in 1970. Over the […]
"'This is the even-handed dealing of the world!' he said. 'There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty, and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!'" "'Man,' said the Ghost, 'if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have disco […]
PENSION APPEAL: Recused Justice? “Our founders designed courts to be distinct from the other two branches of government. In order to govern, state executives and legislators must woo popular majorities and play the game of politics, Judges are assigned a different job: to protect our rights, and to decide cases fairly and one at a time, based on the law and […]
Originally posted on Reclaim Reform:In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol which speaks to an identical issue we face today. “This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want (Poverty). Beware them both… but most of all beware this…
PEORIA, IL -- From a news release: Sierra Club Statement on New EPA Coal Ash Protections Illinois Residents Urge Financial Assurances from Polluters to Protect from Contamination, Disaster WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first-ever...
I'm in Montreal right now. We drove here yesterday, and though it rained all day it wasn't really that bad. Sometimes you can be on the NY Thruway and either side of it feels like you're driving though a wading pool. That can be pretty scary on long drives. Our only bad luck yesterday was the unspeakable traffic when we got within an hour of o […]
From last year's PISA Day celebration. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!'Twas the night before PISA Day, when all through the foundationsThe wonks were all dreaming about Bill Gates's donations;The rankings were crafted for each nation with care,In hopes that more grants would come from billionaires;The children were tested and stressed at their des […]
On Saturday morning, I was flipping channels, trying to take my mind off last week when I saw the Shrek series come on. I’d already watched them, but, for some reason, I couldn’t stop watching the larger gingerbread man try to beat back a cauldron of warm milk while pulling down a castle drawbridge. By Shrek 3, we see the king, revealed as a frog in Shrek 2, […]
Nothing profound to say here. I was feeling fluish, but would have been embarrassed not to at least take a peek, seeing as I was already downtown for an AM movie. Had a bowl of mushroom dumpling soup on Second Avenue, and wandered over to Washington Square a little before 2, expecting to see a […]
While fundraising continues to gush, the supply of recruits is rapidly dwindling… By *The 49er* A couple weeks ago, I was having dinner with a current Teach for America corps member who described a bizarre moment to me. She’d recently attended a regional gathering and the executive director wouldn’t let corps members leave the room until they […] […]
Quazzo flies Byrd-Bennett out to Arizona for her annual ed investment conference“It’s my belief I need to invest in companies and philanthropic organizations who improve outcomes for children,” Quazzo says.Today's Sun-Times Reports:Companies that Chicago Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo has an interest in have seen the business they get from the […]