Bruce Rauner appointed IEA’s Friend of Education Judy Biggert to the IELRB. What did Rauner know that the IEA didn’t?
According to WBEZ Governor Bruce Rauner is making his third appointment to the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board.
This is not a good thing. Bruce Rauner does not appoint friends of teacher unions to the IELRB. Quite the opposite.
The IELRB is charged with deciding disputes between school districts and unions.
The latest appointment is Lara Shayne, who until recently was a lawyer in the employ of the Chicago board of education.
CTU leaders have complained recently that the board is skewed against them. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said the more Rauner appointments to the board, the less legitimate it is becoming.
“These appointments undermine the board,” he said.
A previous Rauner appointee to the IELRB is Judy Biggert.
Rauner didn’t appoint Biggert to the IELRB because he thought she was a friend of teacher unions.
According to Jim Reed, IEA’s director of government relations, the group has nothing against Mr. Foster but trusts Ms. Biggert, a former local school board member, as a longtime friend.
“We’ve been with Congresswoman Biggert since the first time she ran in 1993,” said Mr. Reed, citing her opposition to vouchers and other pro-union positions. “She’s been a great ally. It was a pretty easy decision.”
Not only did the IEA and NEA endorse her (“recommend” in the language of the IEA) but in 2007 gave Biggert the IEA Friend of Education award.
So, what do you think? Did Bruce Rauner appoint Biggert to the IELRB because of her pro-union position, as the IEA claims, or to undermine the independent role of the IELRB as CTU VP Jesse Sharkey fears?
I’ll go with Jesse Sharkey’s concerns.
This friend of education thing that the IEA and the NEA do is getting ridiculous.
Recall that last summer the NEA gave Republican Senator Lamar Alexander its Friend of Education award.
Lord, save us from these friends of education.