Chicago got hit by its first big snow storm this week. Three inches on the ground. Today started out sunny and cold. I started with a latte and a bagel at Peets. The news of the split in Washington between the generals and the intelligence community on the one side who are not anxious for […]Read More Three over coffee.
Minnesota Republican Senators say, “Throw out NCLB.” Minnesota Senate Republicans said today they want the state out of the controversial No Child Left Behind law. They will take action even if it means the loss of $150 million in federal aid. Pioneer Press Send a tax-deductible check to FairTest. Brother Mike on Small Talk received […]Read More Tzimmes and borscht.
Creepy George Will. I can’t really sympathize too much with The Quick and the Ed’s Kevin Carey. He complains in this post that anti-union wing-nuts like the creepy George Will make the charter movement look bad. Says Carey, (Will’s) kind of reflexive anti-teachers union commentary make things more difficult for everyone. It’s true that there […]Read More With friends like this.
Illinois senator, Barack Obama. Coming as a surprise to absolutely nobody, IPACE, the political action committee of the IEA recommended an Obama endorsement, and the IEA Board followed the recommendation. While there appears slim difference in the Dem candidates on education issues, Obama is from Illinois and has, along with Senator Richard Durbin, close ties […]Read More No surprise. IEA endorses Obama.
I haven’t blogged about Democratic Party Centrist Andy Rotherham that much lately. Frankly his stuff has been boring. But now Eduwonk has moved from boring to offensive. I teach kids. I ponder and blog about education policy and practice. In all the world it would never occur to me to compare the issues I think […]Read More He thinks “choice schools” are like “getting laid.”
Most white Americans don’t know the history and role that Historically Black Colleges have played in the struggle for equality. Once in a while a story is told, and this month Hollywood, with the help of Oprah and Denzel Washington, will put one story on the big screen.Read More Hollywood to tell one story about an HBC.
The Daily Herald writes that the contract dispute between The Elgin teacher union and the board of U-46 is heading towards a labor war. Mass layoffs of teachers and aides to stem budget deficits. A mass student redistricting, during which the board and superintendent treated the public and teachers like recalcitrant children. No Child Left […]Read More Daily Herald fears Elgin “labor war.”
Whitney Tilson Hedge fund manager and charter school pimp, Whitney Tilson, is enraged that NY Governor Spitzer has ordered charter schools to pay union wages to construction, maintenance and repair workers. Said Whitney, This is unfortunate. He resents having his charter school start-ups pay a decent wage. What teacher wouldn’t want to work in one […]Read More Whitney Tilson: “Pay union wages? Curses!”
Anyone who knows a teacher in the Chicago school system knows someone who isn’t getting paid or isn’t getting paid what they are contractually owed. Retired teachers too. Today’s Chicago Sun-Times reports: In her retirement, former Chicago Public Schools teacher Cheryl Casey expected to take it easy, substitute teach a bit, maybe even mentor young […]Read More No paychecks for CPS and retired CPS teachers.