In Hinsdale this is what Tea Party democracy looks like.


“Hey, Fred,” a teacher friend writes. “Ever hear of a school board holding a press conference that denied access to other board members from attending it? Too funny, but that just happened in Hinsdale. No parents, teachers or even other school board members were allowed to attend their Tea Party.”

The Hinsdale High School Teachers Association, which is engaged in tough negotiations with the local board, reports on their Facebook page:

Did you know that Mr. Skoda and Mr. Corcoran held a press conference this morning and denied access to all parents, taxpayers, teachers, community members, and even a FELLOW ELECTED BOARD MEMBER?

Does this seem transparent? Or is it just another example of Mr. Skoda and his board putting politics ahead of what is best for the district?

Of course, this is the same bunch of Koch brother wannabes that suggested CTU President Karen Lewis was somehow an issue in the negotiations.

I have been suggesting all along that the Hinsdale situation is what happens when local school board elections are ignored and Tea Party union haters get elected as a result of Tea Party funding and low turnout.

Events in Hinsdale are not a one off.

It is a growing phenomenon throughout Illinois and should serve as a warning to those who support public education.


6 thoughts on “In Hinsdale this is what Tea Party democracy looks like.

  1. It seems very transparent to me. We can see right through Mr. Skoda and Mr. Corcoran’s agenda.

  2. Isn’t there some sort of Ill. state rule that states issues before the school board can’t be discussed between individual board members without the board being in session?

  3. Lisa Madigan should take a break from trying to use “police powers” to take away money from retirees. She should investigate this and if a violation of the open meetings act has occurred, she should prosecute the offender(s) to the fullest extent of the law. If that means the offenders forfeit their board seats, she should do her job and have them removed.

  4. Citigroup will pay $33.04 million to the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, $3.12 million to the State Universities Retirement System and $7.83 million to the Illinois State Board of Investment, which oversees the State Employees’ Retirement System, General Assembly Retirement System and Judges’ Retirement System.
    People, here is what you should ALSO be paying attention to!!!!!! Make sure it gets there!!!

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