WGN'S WALTER "SKIPPY" JACOBSON says he's seen everything now that the board has decided to hire more press secretaries as a way of dealing with the current fiscal crisis at CPS. Note to "Skippy: All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again. Never before has a mayor spent more c […]
“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 […]
Dear Everyone, Not long after I began teaching Language Arts at the high school level in a Chicago suburb, I underwent very serious surgery that was unexpected. When I returned to the classroom, I was still healing and would be … 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.
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...
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 […]
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed the agreement to adopt Common Core. But when Common Core turned toxic among conservative voters, Jindal declared he would pull his state out of Common Core and the federal test. State Commissioner of Education John White–who supports vouchers, charters, and Common Core– refused to go along. He and […]
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 […]