For several years, including in my previous post, I have questioned why the Illinois Education Association placed Evanston teacher and IEA member, Bill Farmer, on the state’s Charter Commission. Bill responds. Fred – I chose to remain on the Charter School Commission to continue to be an advocate for local control and community public schools. […]Read More IEA’s seat on the Charter Commission. Evanston teacher Bill Farmer responds, and so do I.
I posted yesterday’s statement from the Illinois Teacher Retirement System’s board of trustees regarding Governor Pritzker’s proposal to reduce actuarial required payments to the pension systems and to extend the pension re-payment ramp by seven years. It is rare for the TRS board of trustees to make public comments that are specifically directed to a […]Read More A rare statement from the TRS board and other observations.
The Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the following statement concerning state funding for the System as presented in the Illinois state budget proposal for fiscal year 2020: The Teachers’ Retirement System is currently 40 percent funded. The System is at a growing risk of insolvency in the event of an economic […]Read More IL. TRS board of trustees reject Pritzker’s pension underfunding plan.
It’s hard for me to take Education Week seriously when they run a pension article based totally on a phony study by those with an anti-public pension agenda. As they did last week. They breathlessly reported that most teachers won’t have a pension under current pension plans and write it totally based on a study […]Read More Education Week fronts for Chad Aldeman and the anti-pension crowd.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall he wants to build on our southern border. Congress rejected his demand for $5 billion dollars. Trump declared a phony national emergency. Congress voted that down, even including some Republican Senators. Donald vetoed that vote. You know all this. What you may […]Read More Trump to pay for The Wall with retiree pension benefits.
Remember a couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with Illinois State Representative Robert Martwick. Martwick chairs the House Personnel and Pensions Committee. The have been holding hearings about what to do with the Tier II time bomb. Let’s go back to 2010 when the Illinois legislature drank some pension reform kool aid and […]Read More The time bomb that is Tier II.
Jamie Kalven is an extraordinary reporter. It is very possible that if not for him the story of Laquan McDonald would never have been told, Jason Van Dyke would still be on Chicago streets and Rahm Emanuel would be about to serve third term. Although he gives all credit to the young Chicago activists who […]Read More Jamie Kalven on Hitting Left. Episode #104. Laquan McDonald, journalism and an important moment in our history.
In Kentucky, Jefferson county teachers have been organizing sickouts to protest attempts by the legislature to weaken already an already awful pension situation. Many of the protests have been organized outside of the control of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, the local affiliate of the Kentucky Education Association and the NEA. This is all a […]Read More Teacher job actions in Kentucky. Who’s in charge there.
Frankly, the mayor’s race has not turned out to be what I had hoped for. I had hoped for proposals for a radical shift in the way things get done once Rahm Emanuel was gone. Maybe we needed Rahm in the race for that conversation to happen. I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong. I’m […]Read More C’mon. Give me something to get excited about.