Well don’t that beat all?
Former IEA President Bob Haisman has recruited another ex-IEA President to join the attack on un-named members of the blogosphere who refuse to go along quietly with the leadership’s Dillard endorsement.
That former IEA President would be Ken Swanson.
I am dismayed by those loud voices in the blogosphere who would rather rant and rave about what should have been done rather than embrace and support the efforts of IEA/IRTA/IFT to ensure we have a real choice in November. Please, pay no heed to those who would rather sling arrows than engage constructively with the reality confronting us.
That would be the Ken Swanson who told us to go along with Senate Bill 7 without debate.
And PERA, the Performance Evaluation Reform Act which tied teacher evaluation to student test performance. SB7 took away our tenure rights and our seniority rights. It included the provision which required the Chicago Teachers Union to get 75% strike authorization, which Stand for Children’s Jonah Edelman said was as good as getting a no-strike clause.
All this on his watch. Not only on his watch. Swanson pronounced SB7 a model for the nation.
Does Ken Swanson now think SB7 was a mistake?
My biggest disappointment as IEA President was the failure to enact school funding reform. Right behind was our failure to nominate Kirk Dillard when he lost to Bill Brady in the primary BY LESS THAN 200 VOTES. We did not do enough to persuade just enough of our members who voted Republican to vote Dillard.
Hell no. Ken Swanson thinks the failure to elect Kirk Dillard as Illinois Governor was his second greatest failure as IEA President.
The Kirk Dillard whose radio ads attack Bruce Rauner as being not right-wing enough.
The Kirk Dillard who is campaigning against the marriage equality law the Illinois legislature just passed.
The Kirk Dillard who claims Bruce Rauner is not sufficiently opposed to a woman’s reproductive rights.
The Kirk Dillard who was Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council up until four months ago. And then resigned his post (not his membership in ALEC) quietly saying he needed the time to run for Governor.
That Kirk Dillard.
But why is former IEA President Swanson so worried about some bloggers?
What do we matter compared to the powerful organizational leaders they defend on their Dillard endorsement?
Just as Swanson tried to shut us up when he was President, he wants no dissent now.
Perhaps if we dissented louder back then, we wouldn’t be faced with the consequences of SB 7 now.
— Just to be clear, I am currently President of the Skokie Organization of Retired Educators IEA Retired, Vice President of the North Lake Shore unit of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, past president of the Park Ridge Education Association IEA/NEA, as well as a loud voice in the blogosphere – although someone should tell Swanson that nobody calls it the blogosphere anymore.