The crowd that Audrey Soglin hangs with.


IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin.

IEA Communications Director Charlie McBarron and I used to be friends.

Okay. Not friend friends. We used to be Facebook friends.

But one day I was reading one of his status posts and discovered that IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin was on the advisory board of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

Other members of the NCTQ included Michelle Rhee, Michael Barber (of Pearson), Michael Feinberg (founder of KIPP charters), Eric Hanushek (of the right-wing Hoover Institute), Fred Hess (of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute), Joel Klein (former NY schools chancellor and now working for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation), Martin Koldyke (of AUSL), Wendy Kopp (Teach for America) and more of a similar ilk.

What was the Executive Director of the IEA doing hanging with this union-hating bunch I asked.

I mean, no self-respecting teacher would be seen having a beer with this crowd, let alone sitting on a board of advisors with them.

Charlie immediately unfriended (defriended?) me.

Shortly thereafter Audrey Soglin’s name disappeared from the Advisory board of NCTQ. Scrubbed clean as a whistle.

Only to appear with a similar bunch as a Bellweather Aspen Institute Fellow.

Bellweather is the brainchild of Andrew Rotherham and Andy Smarick.

Rotherham is a pro-corporate ed reformer who has held sundry jobs, all guided by his pro-charter anti-union view of the world.

Michael Petrilli of the right-wing Fordham Institute recently says of Rotherham, “Andy Rotherham deserves respect as one of the most thoughtful proponents of education reform, as well as an impressive institution-builder. He and I probably agree on 90 percent of the issues, though we have sparred at times over the federal role, the balance between “excellence and equity,” and sundry other topics.”

Smarick  describes himself as a  “Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Adjunct Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Chief Operating Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.”

The Aspen Institute is where Stand for Children’s Jonah Edelman gave his infamous talk on how he snookered Illinois politicians and the teacher unions into supporting Senate Bill 7.

Apparently Audrey wasn’t exactly snookered. She knew exactly what she was doing.

I can only surmise that the purpose Bellweather and the Aspen Institute had in creating their Fellows is to push their education agenda. Which should have nothing in common with the IEA.

Yet Audrey can’t seem to quit them.

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8 thoughts on “The crowd that Audrey Soglin hangs with.

    1. No, but they’re in the way of a lot of real estate developments that Rahm’s billionaire buddies are slobbering over. But don’t worry, as soon as we finish closing down all the schools and otherwise starving the areas of resources, we’ll be able to declare the area “blighted” and the city will be able to move in and sweep out the “debris”. Then the land can be sold off for pennies and brand spanking new developments full of nice rich people can pop up and the city will be beautiful. Who could possibly object?

  1. Fred, we don’t want, or need friends like these. It amazes me that while we’re working to make sure children learn in the classroom, people who have never taught a day in their lives think they know how to improve teacher quality. Perhaps it’s time for us to form groups such as Teachers for Elected Official Improvement, Teachers For an Equitable State Tax System, Teachers for a Supportive IEA President, Teachers for The End of Pension Underfunding…..the list is endless.

  2. Dienne, don’t forget they will then designate it as a blighted area and give away tax monies to corporations to build more of their empires at tax payer expense and then claim they are bringing jobs the community most of which will be poverty level jobs.

  3. Audrey Soglin also served as Executive Director of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). CEC is a partner and an affiliate to Common Core Illinois, Gates Foundation, Value Added Research Center, et al…

  4. That is correct, Glen. She followed Jo Anderson who served as head of the CEC before Audrey and as IEA Executive Director before Audrey. CEC is an IEA creation. In order for a local district to receive CEC “services,” both the local IEA affiliate and their board of education must both join and both pay dues. Using local dues money, the district can then can receive training in Common Core and Danielson’s teacher evaluation.

  5. My computer has been down for several days. Luckily, my computer had no virus.
    Unluckily, my Malware program spotted a “false positive” which quarantined it and then quarantined a similar one which quarantined a similar one which quarantined a similar one… Yes, your basic nightmare.
    Since I previously had a computer six years ago that was crashed by Norton Anti-Virus in a similar situation, I thought I was done for. Several hundred dollars and a few days later, I am again up and running with all of my files intact and safe.
    There are TWO morals to this episode.
    1) Back-up everything on a separate drive – everything – and do it at least weekly.
    2) Notice that the anti-malware program which I paid for and trusted to protect me tried to do me in. That, of course, brought to mind IEA officials, duly elected Illinois lawmakers, Ingram, Soglin and the people she hangs out with, etc.

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