The three biggest lies: 1. The check is in the mail. 2. Rahm didn’t know. 3. ESSA means teacher evaluations aren’t tied to student performance anymore.
Scratch #1. Do people write checks anymore? We aren’t exactly first adopters and we haven’t ordered new checks for years. Plus, I think there is one mail box within four-square miles of my house.
There once was one on the corner of Fullerton and Kedzie and one on Palmer Square. Now, I think there is just one by City Lit bookstore. And the post office on California.
The folks who work at the Logan Square post office are very pleasant, even if it takes twenty minutes waiting in line to buy stamps.
Why do I buy stamps? Habit.
So, no checks. No mail.
Rahm says he had nothing to do with the firing of Troy LaRaviere.
By the way, I said hi to Troy last night at The Hideout where CPS teacher Erika Wozniak and Joanna Klonsky (who The Chicago Reader proclaimed The Best Political Flack in Chicago) interviewed newly elected State Representative Theresa Mah. They are the bad-ass version of Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke’s First Tuesday at the same location.
Troy was at The Hideout, but plenty of folks were at his former school expressing their anger about the whole process at a meeting with CPS officials.
Rahm didn’t know about the Laquan McDonald video. He didn’t know about Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Or fugitive City Conptroller Amer Ahmad.
If it were up to Rahm, we would change Chicago’s motto from Urbs in Horto to Et Ego Nescieban.
The NEA claims ESSA ends the practice of evaluating teachers based on measures of student performance.
In states like Illinois, where union leaders went along with Arne Duncan and pushed legislation, that link is now written in stone. It is the law. Nothing in ESSA undoes that.