I was also at last night’s meeting in Lemont. And, yes, Sig makes some accurate observations. However, I think that the teachers at the meeting, largely dominated the forum and were successful at controlling the tone despite the IPI’s agenda to communicate false information. They criticized the planned survey and its vaguely written questions forcing the moderator to suspend the survey. Teachers spoke out, interrupted IPI people and Senator Bald Head when false information was given and made it clear that they were not going to put up with bullshit! The highlight of the night was when the prim and proper debate moderator has to stop the meeting to scold the audience for interrupting the IPI panelist by saying, “You are all teachers, don’t you expect cooperation from you children when you are speaking to you children?” to which several in the audience yelled back. “We are not children!!!” One retired teacher even stood up saying that he will not stop interrupting until he heard truthful information coming from the panel. Was that you Sig?
I totally agree that the IEA should tell the IPI to go stick it! It almost seemed that Rainey was out-of-place and being set up, although she handled it well. WITH ALL THE ANGRY TEACHERS WILLING TO FIGHT, I STILL CAN’T IMAGINE WHY THE IEA IS NOT MOBILIZING THE MEMBERSHIP IN A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY?
BIG Kudos who to all the retired teachers in the room fighting this issue!!!!
A victory for teachers? I don’t know. However the IEA leadership needs to fight as hard as the teachers in the room did last night.