“The post-secondary academic workforce has undergone a remarkable change over the last several decades. The tenure-track college professor with a stable salary, firmly grounded in the middle or upper-middle class, is becoming rare. Taking her place is the contingent faculty: non-tenure-track teachers, such as part-time adjuncts or graduate instructors, with […]
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 […]
FL Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart has publicly bullied the mother of a disabled child, Ethan Rediske, who died a month ago. Stewart was appointed: she must be fired. Stewart is blaming the victim, a common propaganda ploy. She is … 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.
Just in case you missed it, the Turkish parliament has voted to close down the Gulen schools in Turkey. The schools, which are private, for-profit cram schools, are evidently a main revenue artery for the Movement.Fortunately for the Movement, the American branch is doing fine; the government here even pays for the schools and there's very little oversi […]
PEORIA, IL -- The District 3 candidate for the Peoria District 150 School Board, Susie Wolstenholm, has turned her campaign over to the new group Change150. She announced recently she does not plan to serve if elected, but Change150 wants...
James Eterno and I went to a forum in Melville, Long Island the other night. James and I are both unionists, advocates and chapter leaders. As a chapter leader, James is kind of my role model. He knows the contract up and down and back and forth. If I have a question, he always has an answer. I don't always agree, but I always consider everything he say […]
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 […]
In the middle of writing my piece on Jordan Davis and the lack of volume about the decision / non-decision on Michael Dunn, a few people bristled at the idea that Teach for America would use my piece as a rebuff of #ResistTFA, a trend started by education activists to combat the deleterious effects of Teach for America on K-12 education. Um, that’s not quite […]
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 […]
Emma Gulley is a student at one of America’s finest colleges, Bryn Mawr. She was intrigued by the mystique of Teach for America, and she agreed to represent TFA on campus. But the more she worked for them, the more she realized that she was not fulfilling her dream of “giving back” and “social justice,” […]
In Camden, NJ an effort to privatize the local schools finds little resistance among local elites By Keith Benson A recent *community meeting* at Camden’s Catto Elementary School exemplified the vast chasm that divides my city these days, between well-connected … Continue reading →
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 […]