My apologies to Hinsdale’s Bob Bland. When he called a high school senior a “tart,” he was only quoting Shakespeare.

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Bob Bland is the campaign manager for the teacher union-hating members of the Hinsdale school board.

He wrote a note of apology to this site and other internet sites for having called Hinsdale senior Marissa DuPont, among other things, “a tart.”

Marissa had the audacity to be a participant in the political process by handing out flyers for other candidates in front of school in a public space.

There she was verbally assaulted by board member Claudia Manley for whom Bland is the manager.

So here is Bob Bland’s apology as he sent it to me and how I posted it:

My name is Robert Bland. I am campaign manager for the Gershuny, Cappetta and Skoda campaign. I have decided to publicly apologize to the Dupont family and my candidates for my inexcusably poor choice of words in several online exchanges regarding last week’s incident that involved a Hinsdale South student and a sitting District 86 board member. I have 7 children and have always taught them to apologize when warranted and so I am doing that here.

I also noted that Bland had earlier said, “No apology coming. Not now. Not ever.”

Today I received this note from Mr. Bland:

I refered (sic) to her words to board member Manley as tart. I’m 61 and always knew that word in literature to be disrespectful or uppity. Or a baked snack your grandmother would make. The word us (sic) used extensively in Shakespeare’s works. I was then reminded that there is a 3d and very bad defininition (sic) and once I realized that, I decided to apologize for my poor choice of words rather than argue which definition I mean. Ben Franklin: “Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” English literature is replete with this use of the word tart but I could see that my explanation would hold no weight. Once I realized the newer definition that has taken hold, I apologized. Should I expect my candidate’s opponents to believe me?

My apologies to Mr. Bland. When he called high school senior Marissa a tart, he only meant it in the Shakespearean sense.

Or a baked snack.

But certainly not the “newer” definition of tart.

I totally misinterpreted his meaning.

A baked snack. What a dope I was to think me meant the other kind of tart.

Mr. Bland also wrote me:

“I have been told that @getague is Bland.”
You were told wrong. This is not me. Has never been me.
You also attribute or infer that I wrote this: “In another comment high school senior Melissa is called an “attention whore.” That, too, was not me.
Will you correct or refine you statements?

Sure, Bob. If you say you were not @getague, I absolutely believe you. I mean you thought calling Marissa a baked snack was okay. Why wouldn’t I believe you about @getague.

By the way, what does that mean?

Is that supposed to be get a clue? Because it reads like get a goo.

Get a goo?

But anyway. That’s not you, so never mind.

Consider it corrected.

And if you deny calling Marissa an attention whore, I believe that too. Unless you meant it in the Shakespearean sense. In which case there was no need for you or me to apologize.

Although I don’t think the word whore is new.

I believe it was Shakespeare who said, “I must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words.”

But Mr. Bland didn’t actually call Marissa a whore. He only helped create the atmosphere where that seemed permissible.

No matter. Consider it corrected, Bob.

I do have a problem with Mr. Bland’s math.

I asked Mr. Bland to explain his claim that the average yearly salary for a Hinsdale teacher is $120,689 per teacher.

I used simple math, he said. The October press release and board meeting minutes announced a 2-year, $91 million pay package agreement. That’s $45,500,000.00 per year for 377 union teachers on a gross pay, all-in, basis. $45,500,000.00 divided by 377 comes to $120,689 per teacher on average.

Simple math indeed.

Check the salary schedule for Hinsdale District 86.

The starting salary is $52,000. The top salary for a 35-year veteran teacher is $127,000.

Given the spread of teachers around the salary schedule an average of $120,000 is curious. It certainly doesn’t tell you where the median salary is.

It’s all untrue, in fact.

Mr. Bland knows very well that you don’t get the average salary by dividing the total budget line by the number of teachers.

Perhaps he is using Common Core math.

But a teacher with a graduate degree, after working 35 years and earning $127,000?

A bargain!

To quote William Shakespeare, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

 

27 thoughts on “My apologies to Hinsdale’s Bob Bland. When he called a high school senior a “tart,” he was only quoting Shakespeare.

  1. Reminds me of when Mr. Marin in the film, “The Class” calls girls in his class “acting like skanks”. He argues, “I didn’t really call them skanks.”

      1. You are welcome. Notice that Bland calls her Melissa. He is spending all of this time apologizing but he does not even know her name.

  2. Warning. Those figures do not include 9.89% for retirement that the district pays. Maybe that is voodoo math problem. Not that I would defend this sleeze.

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    1. It is voodoo math. When I was an active teacher we paid the %9.4 percent into TRS out of our gross salary. Are you now going to calculate that as part of my salary even though teachers never saw it. Depending on the age at which we die, we may never see it as pension. The board did report it out as salary. Salary packages reported out also include pay for potential sick days. Most teachers never use all their sick days and are never paid for them in full. All this is to say that Bland is full of crap on his claim for what average salaries are in Hinsdale.

  3. I am always amazed when folks outside the profession complain teacher salaries are too generous! I ask …..imagine a birthday party you are hosting for 25 kids….for two hours…..now imagine teaching them all to read, write, do math…..And behave …..all day…..five days a week…..then at home, preparing for the next day’s lessons !

  4. CORRECTION
    Fred,
    Respectfully, I described apples and you spoke of oranges. My math describing gross comp (total pay and total benefits added together to equal total compensation) is correct, derived by taking the passed money motion of the board $91 million/2 years and dividing it by the 377 union teachers. $91 million was the motion of expense that was passed. Check the minutes.
    You, on the other hand, then looked only at salary schedules, which does not include benefits such as healthcare, paid days off, retirement, etc., etc.. That’s a much smaller number, of course, because it does not include benefits. I stated “total comp” and “all in” deliberately so as to be clear.
    I’m amused at the false firestorm about my use of the word “tart” only to see the linguists on your board refer to me as “full of crap” “sleeze” and more. Classy.

    1. I am not getting into a detailed discussion with you on the topic of school budgets and salary schedules. You know too little but speak as if you know a lot. But even a freshman in one of your great Hinsdale math classes could explain to you the error of looking at a group of numbers and describing it only in terms of the average. That is why I assume your board and your teachers asked for a scattergram of salaries to see where teacher salaries were in reality. Nobody would bargain a contract for nearly 400 teachers and only consider salary averages. It would be wrong for the board and the union. And I know they didn’t.
      This is all besides the point, Mr. Bland.
      It is truly apples and oranges.
      You have made perfectly clear that any salary adjustment that doesn’t meet your personal standard of what teaching is worth would be unsatisfactory to you. But it isn’t up to you. Collective bargaining is the law. And the voters will decide on April 7 as to the future of some of your board members.
      Needless to say, I hope you and they lose.

    2. Dear Bob,
      I have often called you a hemorrhoid. During my childhood and most of my adulthood, I believed that “hemorrhoid” was a spelling bee test question that most people found difficult. I thought you and the hemorrhoid school board members were being difficult in regard to your attitudes about students and teachers.
      My daughter attended Hinsdale schools for years and received a superb education. Happily, she has graduated from college and has not been exposed to hemorrhoids such as all of you.
      Now, I’m not sure that Shakespeare ever used the word in that manner, but I learned from a friend that his doctor referred to a hemorrhoid as a pain in the a**. Well, imagine my surprise when I googled the word on the Mayo Clinic site and found out that all doctors considered a hemorrhoid a pain in the a**. Anal. Wow!
      (I use an asterisk in the spelling pain-in-the-a** because some people have an aversion to insulting people verbally in public. Besides, I have no desire to be sued by you or the hemorrhoid board members. I have only one *, and I don’t want to risk it because of you.)
      Historically, the term “he/she is a royal pain in the a* ” was due to the medical diagnosis commonly incurred by kings and queens who sat on their thrones too long while others had to squat uncomfortably and briefly for the same purpose. I’m not sure that you and the board members are entitled to the description, but many people surely consider you and them as royal pains in the a**.
      People across America would gladly purchase tubes of Preparation H to rid themselves of you and the other hemorrhoids who verbally abuse children and then make hemorrhoid excuses in public.
      In the future, please research the words you choose to describe a child in public. Stop being such a hemorrhoid in public.

      1. And so many many of us have worked wonderful summer jobs over the years for the generous minimum wage, doing such glamorous work as cleaning toilets!! Yes, I cleaned MANY a toilet in my career to help make ends meet!! I hate people who are so ignorant, that they don’t know what a struggle it is to support a family as a teacher for 5 decades!!

  5. It’s “sleaze,” not “sleeze” Bob. Please consider using your spell check because teachers aren’t prone to misspells. Sheesh.

  6. Bob:

    You stated……”I’m amused at the false firestorm about my use of the word “tart” only to see the linguists on your board refer to me as “full of crap” “sleeze” and more. Classy”.

    May I make a suggestion?? Just close your mouth. Stop talking and stop typing. The more you open your mouth the deeper you dig the hole. You called a high school student a tart and then went on for days tap dancing and defending it. What she did to deserve that label of tart from you (along with others and her family as well) was exercise her right to participate in the political, process something I would think people would find a positive thing.

    You now point out that some people have used very harsh terms to describe you and somehow equate the two as if to justify what you did. WHile I do not defend what those posters wrote, they did do it toward a grown man who has voluntarily thrown himself square into the middle of this mess. In other words, she did nothing and you behaved like a boor. She is a high school student and you are a grown man. There is a HUGE difference in these situations.

    By the way, the fact that today, a full day after apologizing for what you said, you still consider this a “false firestorm” speaks volumes. You simply do not get it. If you consider it false why did you apologize?

  7. Nicely rendered, and thanks for keeping those of us Chicago-centric people informed about Hinsdale’s politics. I can’t wait until we get our elected school board here in Chicago, so we can add those fun-filled moments to our agendas. Better that, however, than having to face David Vitale and Rahm’s six little hypocrites, as many of us will at the Chicago Board of Education meeting this Wednesday.

    1. Yes, George. Elected school boards are messy things, especially when there are low turnouts. Democracy is the worst possible system, except for a system run by the likes of the despot Rahm.

      1. Winston Churchill once said that democracy was the worst form of government…….except for all the others. The Chicago school board would be one of the others.

  8. Dear Bob,

    I have often called you a hemorrhoid. During my childhood and most of my adulthood, I believed that “hemorrhoid” was a spelling bee test question that most people found difficult. I thought you and the hemorrhoid school board members were being difficult in regard to your attitudes about students and teachers.
    My daughter attended Hinsdale schools for years and received a superb education. Happily, she has graduated from college and has not been exposed to hemorrhoids such as all of you.
    Now, I’m not sure that Shakespeare ever used the word in that manner, but I learned from a friend that his doctor referred to a hemorrhoid as a pain in the a**. Well, imagine my surprise when I googled the word on the Mayo Clinic site and found out that all doctors considered a hemorrhoid a pain in the a**. Anal. Wow!
    (I use an asterisk in the spelling pain-in-the-a** because some people have an aversion to insulting people verbally in public. Besides, I have no desire to be sued by you or the hemorrhoid board members. I have only one *, and I don’t want to risk it because of you.)
    Historically, the term “he/she is a royal pain in the a* ” was due to the medical diagnosis commonly incurred by kings and queens who sat on their thrones too long while others had to squat uncomfortably and briefly for the same purpose. I’m not sure that you and the board members are entitled to the description, but many people surely consider you and them as royal pains in the a**.
    People across America would gladly purchase tubes of Preparation H to rid themselves of you and the other hemorrhoids who verbally abuse children and then make hemorrhoid excuses in public.
    In the future, please research the words you choose to describe a child in public. Stop being such a hemorrhoid in public.

    1. This was too perfect. Great choice of words, and of course asterisks too! Could not agree more. As a sophomore in college now, I just missed the “bad end of the stick”, so to speak. Having attended Hinsdale South all four years, I had never seen such a wrong board or even conflict in the system as this one. Seeing that the teachers, some of the teachers that I had grown closest to over the years, had been “hurt” by the choices of the new board and the decrease in their salaries.. Really hit home. For one, they are the people I looked up to, and still do to this day, especially since I am going to school for education. Now, what do you think this looks like, or makes me feel, regarding my future as a teacher. All I know, is that I hope and pray that I never get such a disgraceful group of people for the board of education at the school(s) I end up working at. I have actually brought this problem up to my education professors, and even my bosses that I work with in the College of Education department, and they all agree with everyone else who says that this is a hot mess. It all is. It’s pathetic actually. The board of education is supposed to help students of their school/district get a better education. One that is enjoyable, yet they still get a education out of it. One in which they have people they can go to with a problem, and they know that it will some how be fixed or helped. Now, if those teachers or even counsellors or coaches, decided that they had enough, that they can’t have their salaries as low as they are, or lowered even more, where do you think they’re going to go? They’re going to go to the school who doesn’t have such problems within the board of education that are risking their lives and even their students lives. If they leave, what happens to the students who confided in them? Who do they confide in now? It takes a lot to build trust in a teacher for some people.. Now what? Do they start all over again?
      This board, especially Manley, and Bob, aren’t just ruining the status of Hinsdale South, but also ruining the lives of the teachers/staff, which effects the lives of the students. We lost a great principal and even some great teachers. I think we have to balance that out and lose some opposite of great (plenty of words I could use.. But I rather not) board members and campagin managers. Marissa and all of the other students on her behalf (which by far is way more than who are in favor of Manley) deserve a break from all of this. They all deserve a great education, like I received prior to all of this commotion. So, from an alumni to all of the board members right now: stop ruining the lives of our future employers, maybe one day they’ll have the opportunity to ruin your day. If they ever get the pleasure of serving you coffee at a Starbucks, or food at any restuarnt, I know that they’ll consider, 100%, spitting in it, but that most of them won’t. Want to know why? Because even the students, people who are less than half your age, are bigger and better people than you are.

  9. Interesting. I actually had to look the word up on urban dictionary to know the current slang definition of tart:

    So yes Bob Bland is “old people” and he was looking at her disapprovingly.

    Jason Nowitzki

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  10. This was too perfect. Great choice of words, and of course asterisks too! Could not agree more. As a sophomore in college now, I just missed the “bad end of the stick”, so to speak. Having attended Hinsdale South all four years, I had never seen such a wrong board or even conflict in the system as this one. Seeing that the teachers, some of the teachers that I had grown closest to over the years, had been “hurt” by the choices of the new board and the decrease in their salaries.. Really hit home. For one, they are the people I looked up to, and still do to this day, especially since I am going to school for education. Now, what do you think this looks like, or makes me feel, regarding my future as a teacher. All I know, is that I hope and pray that I never get such a disgraceful group of people for the board of education at the school(s) I end up working at. I have actually brought this problem up to my education professors, and even my bosses that I work with in the College of Education department, and they all agree with everyone else who says that this is a hot mess. It all is. It’s pathetic actually. The board of education is supposed to help students of their school/district get a better education. One that is enjoyable, yet they still get a education out of it. One in which they have people they can go to with a problem, and they know that it will some how be fixed or helped. Now, if those teachers or even counsellors or coaches, decided that they had enough, that they can’t have their salaries as low as they are, or lowered even more, where do you think they’re going to go? They’re going to go to the school who doesn’t have such problems within the board of education that are risking their lives and even their students lives. If they leave, what happens to the students who confided in them? Who do they confide in now? It takes a lot to build trust in a teacher for some people.. Now what? Do they start all over again?
    This board, especially Manley, and Bob, aren’t just ruining the status of Hinsdale South, but also ruining the lives of the teachers/staff, which effects the lives of the students. We lost a great principal and even some great teachers. I think we have to balance that out and lose some opposite of great (plenty of words I could use.. But I rather not) board members and campagin managers. Marissa and all of the other students on her behalf (which by far is way more than who are in favor of Manley) deserve a break from all of this. They all deserve a great education, like I received prior to all of this commotion. So, from an alumni to all of the board members right now: stop ruining the lives of our future employers, maybe one day they’ll have the opportunity to ruin your day. If they ever get the pleasure of serving you coffee at a Starbucks, or food at any restuarnt, I know that they’ll consider, 100%, spitting in it, but that most of them won’t. Want to know why? Because even the students, people who are less than half your age, are bigger and better people than you are.

  11. Robert Bland, if you are using the instructional fund as the basis of your calculations, then you are looking at ALL instructional costs. These costs also include supplies, staff development, equipment (yes equipment includes computers), etc. and are not purely salaries and benefits. What I am seeing when looking at the breakdown of the budget in the school report card is that instructional costs are about 50%, which is very much at the low end when compared to other school districts. Administrative costs seem really out of line at almost 25%. Your figure for average teacher salary are way off and much too high. Your figures are not supported by the school report card.

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