It now appears that the special session of the Illinois General Assembly that the Governor has called for August 17th to address the pension issue may be a bust.
On the other hand, these folks have been known to do great damage in less time than it takes to microwave some popcorn.
If not August 17th, they will come back to a post-election session where there will be even less popular constraints on these crooks and liars.
As a result you would think all of our attention would be on the pension issue. Instead the leadership has decided to continue to pursue their defense and mischaracterization of Senate Bill 7.
I wrote on this yesterday. I’m not looking to pick a fight. But let me tell give you some background.
The truth is that the IEA leadership has made efforts recently to reach out to many of us who blog and to others who have expressed views that have not followed the party line.
This is good. Not good for us. Good for them. They need to hear from others than just the palace guard.
We still disagree on many things, including how to approach the pension fight. But talking to each other never hurts, right?
It is definitely a departure from the past leadership of Ken Swanson who treated those who were critical of IEA policy with slightly less respect than was given to Rodney Dangerfield.
Then out of the blue, they decide to resurrect this nonsense about Senate Bill 7 and how it was teacher-led reform.
NEA Media tweets this stuff all over the internet. IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin is on a panel with Senator Lightford extolling Sentate Bill 7 at the National Conference of State Legislators.
After my comments yesterday, some in leadership were critical of me.
They told me I wasn’t being fair to Audrey.
But I have nothing personal against Audrey Soglin.
Here is the thing: Soglin says that Senate Bill 7 was teacher-led reform. She says that teachers are better off now than before it became law.
Is she going rogue with this? Or is that what the present elected leadership thinks as well?
I’m saying it isn’t so. The membership, in the only vote that they have been allowed to take on Senate Bill 7, says it isn’t so.
So, is it just Audrey? Or is it the elected leadership too?
I’ll tell you this: If they keep claiming Senate Bill 7 as a win. If they keep calling it teacher-led reform. If they keep claiming teachers are better off as a result of it. Then I’m going to keep saying it isn’t so.