It’s coffee alone this morning since it’s Anne’s turn to head for Brooklyn to see granddaughter Lucy and the new grandson, Joey. I’m bleary eyed since we got in a little late last night after seeing John Prine at the Chicago Theater and I drove Anne to O’Hare at 5:30 this morning. But Peet’s and […]Read More Three over coffee.
Last week I received an e-mail inquiry about mayoral control of the schools in Chicago. The correspondent had been told by a fan of NY’s Mayor Bloomberg that it was working swell in Chicago. I do not pretend to be an expert on Chicago school reform. But two articles in today’s Chicago Sun-Times speak volumes […]Read More Mayoral control. So how’s that working for us?
In the Chicago suburban town of Park Ridge where I teach, it has been bedrock Republican for as long as anyone can remember. But something is happening here. First of all, more Democrats voted in the Tuesday primary than Republicans. A lot more. And this is also the town where Hillary Clinton grew up. She […]Read More Trouble in Hillaryville.
Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Leaf, writing in the leading Neo-Con journal, The Weekly Standard, calls Jonathan Kozol a “leftist education expert.” Among Kozol’s crimes are that he is someone who ‘preaches his gospel on NPR” and at “bookstores,” he is “seductive,” “antagonistic to every education reform,” a “critic of American education apartheid, charters schools, vouchers, testing,” […]Read More Man, do they hate Kozol.
Racist campaign by the NY Post. Federal judge Jon Newman, part of a Federal appeals panel hearing the issue of Debbie Almontaser, blasted NY city lawyers in their handling her case. Almontaser was forced to resign her position as principal of the new Khalil Gibran International Academy. The school has a focus on Arab culture […]Read More Federal judge blasts city in Khalil Gibran case.
Chicago-If you live in this town long enough, you will hear every weird and wild story about election day. You will eventually think you’ve heard them all. Then they will surprise you. There’s the old stories (true, of course) about dead people voting. There are the jokes (but true, of course,) about voting early and […]Read More In Chicago, Obama wins despite “invisible ink.”
Anne, Joanna and Cub’s superfan, Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers at Chicago’s Obama victory rally Tuesday night.Read More Woo Woo!
Professor Longhair. In an hour or so I’m heading to the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Chicago for the Obama victory rally (and here in Obama’s home state of Illinois he will win by a two to one margin). Many years ago I got a chance to see the legendary Professor Longhair at a club in […]Read More Laissez les bons temps rouler.
For those who want to try and make NCLB a wedge issue between Obama and Clinton, take a look at Russo today. Says Michelle Obama, obviously reflecting the views of her husband: … NCLB is “sucking the life out of our teachers, our children are being tested to death, and college is becoming a dream.”Read More A difference?