Don't miss Curtis Black's excellent piece today in the Chicago Reporter, "Mayoral candidates drum up community spirit." Black focuses on the efforts of Rahm's two top contenders, "Chuy" Garcia and Bob Fioretti, as they work the neighborhoods, trying hard to pick up the grassroots support they need to keep Mayor 1% under 50% […]
- 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 […]
GOP Leaders React to Special Session Call: Statement from Senate Republican Leader Radogno and House Republican Leader Durkin:“The Illinois Constitution requires the Governor-elect to appoint a new comptroller to a four-year term. A partisan and constitutionally-dubious eleventh hour law would face a certain legal challenge and force the people of Illinois t […]
Basic Math/ Basic TruthsThe other week at an interesting gathering of fellow retirees in Skokie, I listened to an illuminating presentation by Rich Frankenfeld from TRS. It was a long drive, but well worth it. In his update, Rich covered a variety of areas for concern: the financial condition of TRS, health insurance information, various plans available t […]
Union coalition: Preserve fair appellate process www.weareoneillinois.org We Are One Illinois has asked the state Supreme Court to deny a request for a rushed ruling on the constitutionality of pension-cutting SB1. The coalition urges the Court to follow established rules to preserve a fair process for all parties.
Every once in a while I check in on Mustafa Demir, the mayor of an Istanbul district. I wrote about him here. I had never heard of him until the Dan Mihalopoulos piece on Concept came out. And then, suddenly, there he was on the front of the Sun Times, shaking paws with Michael Madigan.Presumably this photo was taken during one of Madigan's multiple ju […]
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 […]
I thought I was moving up in the world. I was actually getting some high-quality pushback on my writing from folks like Dmitri Melhorn, formerly of StudentsFirst, and the KIPP Kids here in Jersey at TEAM Academy. Not to say I think their arguments have much merit -- they don't. But at least they think a little about things and they understand they have […]
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 […]
This is a wonderful interview in which EduShyster asks great questions of Karen Lewis. Karen responds candidly and knocks every one of them out of the park, as is her way. She speaks about race, politics, and her health. EduShyster begins by asking Karen about the wave of protests that followed the deaths of […]
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 […]