IEA’s seat on the Charter Commission. Evanston teacher Bill Farmer responds, and so do I.

For several years,  including in my previous post, I have questioned why the Illinois Education Association placed Evanston teacher and IEA member, Bill Farmer, on the state’s Charter Commission. Bill responds. Fred – I chose to remain on the Charter School Commission to continue to be an advocate for local control and community public schools. […]

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IL. TRS board of trustees reject Pritzker’s pension underfunding plan.

The Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the following statement concerning state funding for the System as presented in the Illinois state budget proposal for fiscal year 2020: The Teachers’ Retirement System is currently 40 percent funded. The System is at a growing risk of insolvency in the event of an economic […]

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The time bomb that is Tier II.

Remember a couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with Illinois State Representative Robert Martwick. Martwick chairs the House Personnel and Pensions Committee. The have been holding hearings about what to do with the Tier II time bomb. Let’s go back to 2010 when the Illinois legislature drank some pension reform kool aid and […]

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Jamie Kalven on Hitting Left. Episode #104. Laquan McDonald, journalism and an important moment in our history.

Jamie Kalven is an extraordinary reporter. It is very possible that if not for him the story of Laquan McDonald would never have been told, Jason Van Dyke would still be on Chicago streets and Rahm Emanuel would be about to serve third term. Although he gives all credit to the young Chicago activists who […]

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