In Des Plaines this afternoon, I was able to meet Doug Strand, candidate for the open retiree seat on the TRS board of trustees. For the first time in memory, the election is contested. Former Illinois Education President Cinda Klickna – as I have previously reported – asked for the IRTA endorsement and we turned […]Read More In 2005 the IEA’s Cinda Klickna agreed to a state pension payment holiday of $2 billion dollars.
The phone rang and I looked at the ID and Jeri Shanahan’s name was displayed. It’s been about six months since Jeri called and so that’s about right. I get a phone call from the 76-year old retired teacher about every six months. She brings me up to date on the latest non-developments in her […]Read More Waiting for JB. How many retired teachers like Jeri Shanahan will last that long?
Public radio reporters Sarah Karp and Adriana Cardona-Maguigad of WBEZ broke the news of the latest Chicago charter school scandal. Michael Milkie, the CEO of Noble, the city’s largest charter school network, is being investigated following complaints of “inappropriate behavior toward young female alumnae.” Milkie has resigned in disgrace but without further consequences. Noble runs […]Read More Chicago’s Noble charter CEO resigns after “inappropriate contact” with former female students.
A week ago Chicago voters did an unusual thing. They voted out a bad judge. It was the first time voters in Cook County had done that in nearly 30 years. It was the result of what WBEZ, public radio called “a low-budget but withering campaign by civil-rights lawyers, criminal-justice reform groups, police accountability activists and […]Read More Last Tuesday Chicago voters did an unusual thing. They voted out a bad judge for the first time nearly 30 years.
It’s is Veteran’s Day, but all the news is focused on Trump’s hair and his trip to Paris where he avoided the public commemoration of the end of World War I. The guy is a master at manipulating the news cycle. Typical of the analysis of the Trump trip to Paris is this in The […]Read More It’s Veteran’s Day. The news? Trump’s hair.
Yesterday the white Republican candidate for Senate (still undecided) in Mississippi made what some called a joke at a campaign rally. “If …invited…to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss) is heard saying in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday morning. Hyde Smith is running against Mike Espy, […]Read More Teacher union leadership appears to be afraid of naming it racism and naming who the racists are.