Patti Vasquez and Pete Lee on WGN last nightSpecial thanks to WGN's Patti Vasquez for having me on her show last night. Comedian Pete Lee was Patti's co-host and we had a friendly and far-ranging discussion on ed issues. Patti and Pete are both very funny, but serious when it comes to schooling and other social issues.I felt at times that I should […]
“Please join State Senator Bill Cunningham, Alderman Howard Brookins, and I [Representative Frances Hurley] for a Burglary Prevention Seminar at St. Margaret of Scotland on Wednesday, July 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please enter through the south entrance of school. We hope to see you there.” Indeed, public employees are promised certain retirement co […]
Letters From the Inside: Thank you, Mr. Ratto.In the last few months, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to have some time to converse with active teachers who remain in the classroom trying to construct great lessons for children while being subjected to an often threatening and reductionist matrix by forces cascading down from well outside the school […]
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.
Detroit workers, retirees give bankruptcy plan a boost ChicagoTribune.com (Reuters) – Detroit will head into the critical phase of its historic bankruptcy case next month with the backing of an overwhelming majority of its active and retired workers and with opposition from a small, hard-core group of hold-out creditors.
PEORIA, IL -- From a news release: New Report Outlines Risk and Costs that Dynegy’s Coal-fired power Plants Place on Illinois Communities Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network Highlight Path for Communities to Transition Away from...
Here is the rub: If the New York State Education Department were a teacher, parents would be on the phone and NYSED would soon be called down to the principal's office. In the hands of an apt administrator, NYSED would be sternly advised to change or denied tenure. As it works out though, parents protest in great numbers (i.e., in Poughkeepsie), but […]
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 […]
I just noticed that the controversial teachers contract in Paterson, NJ was approved by the local union by a slim margin:PATERSON — By a narrow margin, the Paterson teachers’ union has approved its new labor contracts, but some members question the way the voting was conducted, saying not everyone got a chance to cast a ballot. About 53 percent of the votes […]
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 […]
Teachers and paras are suing the UFT for retroactive pay? The principals’ union is calling the mayor “outrageous” for refusing to pay retro to principals? What gives? The contract as written does not include retroactive payments. Instead, there are lump sums equivalent to what a member would have earned from 2009-11, payable only to retirees […]
The following letter appeared as a guest post on Anthony Cody’s blog: Paul Horton’s Open Letter to President Obama: Listen to Committed Dear Mr. President, Like thousands of experienced classroom teachers throughout our great country, I am very concerned about how you decided to go the way that you did with your Education policies. I […]
A new guide to charter messaging urges advocates to steer clear of corporate speak Once every four minutes, a passionate charter advocate accidentally lapses into the kind of clinical corporate speak that can leave listeners cold—not to mention kids out … Continue reading →
The GriffinsSORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS (No, really) that right-wing billionaire power couple, Ken and Ann Griffin are splitting up. Whatever happened to "'til death do us part"?The Griffins have been the money-bags behind both Bruce Rauner's and Rahm Emanuel's political ascendency. They have also bankrolled much of Chicago's union-b […]