Tea Party Hinsdale school board member Claudia Manley.
Hey folks. Keep an eye on those local school board elections.
Out in Chicago’s western suburbs the Tea Party extremists who were recently elected to the Hinsdale High School District 86 are in full battle mode over what should be normal contract bargaining.
Instead it has been turned into a holy war on the teachers union.
We’ve been following this story as a warning that low turnout for school board elections combined with Koch brothers money makes for a terrible mix for education.
The latest story has two major players, Rick Skoda and Claudia Manley. You know Rick Skoda already. He’s the one who wants to talk about Karen Lewis and the CTU instead of negotiate with teachers. As you know, Karen has other things on her mind than two high schools in Hinsdale.
Claudia Manley is a part of the new board majority in District 86. Her husband is Noel Manley, a local Republican operative.
When the Hinsdale Patch, a local internet news site, posted some news about District 86 negotiations, it got reposted on the Hinsdale teachers Facebook page. As often happens, some unrelated photo got posted with the story.
The Patch later explained and apologized.
On August 1, a story regarding the latest developments in teacher contract negotiations between the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association and Dist. 86 school board was posted on the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills, Darien and Burr Ridge Patch sites. The story, “Teachers: ‘Board Gave Us An Hour’ To Rescind Strike Vote,” was illustrated with the HHSTA union logo.
Unfortunately, when the teachers’ association posted the story on its Facebook page, the image of an ax in a car dashboard appeared instead. This was an Internet glitch on Patch’s part, which was happening to Patch Facebook pages across the country.
The ax image did appear on a Massachusetts Patch story about an ax falling off a truck and crashing through a woman’s car windshield.
Some readers, when seeing the image of an ax with the story link on the HHSTA Facebook page, construed it as an editorial statement made by the teachers. The teachers’ association DID NOT intentionally post this image to make a statement.
Patch apologizes to the HHSTA, the Dist. 86 Board of Education and to our readers for any alarm this image may have caused and we accept full responsibility for the glitch. ~ Lorraine Swanson, Editor
But Manley, Skoda and local Tea Party Republicans seized on the internet glitch and began an email chain accusing the teachers of posting the axe as a threat to Claudia and the rest of the board.
From: Noel Manley [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 7:19 AM
To: ‘Noel Manley’
Subject: District 86 Update – Unfortunate Facebook Posting by the Union
Below is an image from and link to the Hinsdale High School Teachers’ Association’s Facebook page. Unhappily there is a photo of automobile with an ax through the window. Immediate reaction from the union has been that it was a mistake to place it on its page. However, what is disturbing are the comments endorsing and suggesting what should be done with the Board. It is disappointing and outrageous that this is type of behavior is directed at our Board from its highly compensated education professionals. Please go to the page as soon as possible to view the image and review the comments and the ‘likes’ this matter has illicited. Oddly enough as of the writing of this email the posting is still on the site.
Then there was this from Tea Party Republican Committeewoman Elaine Zannis.
From: Elaine Zannis <email@example.com>
To: Elaine Zannis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, August 4, 2014 7:59 AM
Subject: District 86 Update – Board Meeting – August 4, 2014 – Hinsdale South High School
This is a very important meeting for Hinsdale Central’s School Board.
They are in the process of union negotiations – is it becoming very difficult! The union is going to BUS IN agitators & hecklers to intimidate the school board. We worked very hard to elect INDEPENDENT MINDED BOARD MEMBERS that would not be manipulated by unions. They need our support.
If you have time — PLEASE ATTEND. You don’t have to comment, you don’t have to be vocal —- JUST BE THERE — and watch —-. The meeting starts at 7. I will be there are 6:45. Please forward this email —-
York Township, Precinct 119
Bus in agitators?
Who and from where?
Anarchists from Clarendon Hills.