Rahm's red light cameras had no real safety benefits.Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, chairman of the council Transportation Committee, said the city's numbers come as no surprise: "Those numbers the city uses have never made any sense. Of course they are skewing the numbers."Okay, I may be beating a dead horse here. In two previous posts, one on […]
- 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 […]
“Fighting against unjust policies is where we teachers can lead by example and teach our students ‘real-life’ lessons. In their essay, the Teach Plus Fellows agree that teachers should not have to teach to a test, yet they seem to conclude that we are helpless in changing the policies that mandate such tests. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. […]
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 […]
Q – What kind of powerful person would decree that billions of earned dollars will be handed over to the financial industry and be free of oversight and declared exempt from ethics rules and regulations? A – Rahm Emanuel, Democratic … Continue reading →
Things are heating up in the Gulen/Erdogan showdown in Turkey. (This is the situation that is directly tied to some 147 American charter schools that are run by the various nodes of the Gulen Movement in America.)They're going for an arrest warrant back in the old country.I would imagine the warrant could open the door to a Red Notice, and/or toward an […]
PEORIA, IL -- from a news release: DOWNSTATE STORY VOL. 23 NOW AVAILABLE FREE ON THE WEB Ten new short stories by Illinois, Midwestern and other writers are featured in the 2014 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria's only literary magazine...
It's a reformy world. All sorts of money seeks and follows demagogues like Michelle Rhee and Eva Moskowitz. They get in the media and spew their blather unchallenged about whatever they like. Always, the bottom line is unionized teachers as scapegoats. The only solution is more and more selective test prep factories. If they can pick the best kids and g […]
David Sirota of the IBT has been doing stellar work on the conflicts of interest that have become a staple of the Christie administration. And no where is the skirting of ethics more brazen than in New Jersey's management of public employee pensions:During today's meeting of the New Jersey State Investment Council, private equity executive Robert G […]
I wanted to write this piece as a bit of a year in review, but, in light of so many recent events, I prefer to let these cats out of their collective bag now. It seems, in the last few years, I’ve developed a reputation for having hard discussions with folk who have lost touch with other people’s humanity. Just last week, someone accosted Chicago Teachers Un […]
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 […]
Mercedes Schneider describes the remarkable shrinkage of states enrolled to give Pearson’s Common Core PARCC test from 2011-2014. In 2011, Pearson boasted that 31 million students in 24 states plus D.C. Would take PARCC. By 2014, the numbers are down to 10 states and D.C. with 5 million students.
And some parents say *enough* to a district’s assessment craze… It’s field trip time and today we’re headed to the scenic seaside community of Salem, Massachusetts. When last we stopped by to *discover the magic of Salem,* we also discovered a school system gone wild for *bigger rigor,* especially for young Salem-ites who hail from the city’s […] […]
"Pearson is the McDonald’s of education." -- Sir Michael Barber, Pearson Chief Education AdviserIt's too early to tell what kind of impact the latest $1.1 trillion spending bill will have on education funding in general. One thing we know is that Arne Duncan's Race To The Top funding to cut down to zero. There is also no funding in the bi […]