Ken Swanson and the IEA leadership claim that not only was Jonah Edelman arrogant in his talk at Aspen, he lied as well.
Here is a way you can make a judgment call on what was true and what was false in Edelman’s description.
What I am including in this post is the discussion agenda for the November 2010 IEA Board of Directors meeting. Would Jonah feel right at home in a meeting like this? You bet he would.
My emphasis in bold.
1. Establish incentives to attract effective teachers to struggling, low performing schools.
2. School consolidation to streamline administrative services, thereby significantly reducing costs.
3. Streamline dismissal processes in return for due process and just cause for all employees and dropping the term tenure.
4. A constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would move us from a flat tax to a progressive income tax.
5. Spearheading a coordinated effort with the rest of labor to grow our own candidates for the General Assembly.
6. Promoting a pension ramp restructuring, and looking at the taxation of pension benefits above a given threshold for all retirement income. This would come with a guarantee that those dollars would go directly into funding the pension funds without a shell game with offsetting reduced contributions by the state.
7. RIFs (Reduction in Force layoffs) and recall based on something besides seniority.
8. Garnering broad based community engagement in schools.
“So in Aurora, Illinois in December out of nowhere there were hearings on our proposals,” said Jonah Edelman on the Aspen video.
Not quite out of nowhere, it appears.