Illinois Federation of Teachers in Harlem, Illinois are on strike. Wages are the issue. 8,000 students will get an extended summer break. The last time Harlem teachers walked the line three years ago the strike lasted two weeks. Harlem is just north of Rockford and just south of Beloit, Wisconsin.Read More Harlem teachers take it to the streets.
Brother Mike’s Small Talk talks about the Khalil Gibran Academy story and reflects on being multi-cultural and being American. Jews For Racial and Economic Justice describes their close relationship with fired principal, Debbie Almontaser. UFT member Sean Ahern writes to Edwize and expresses concern about Almontaser’s firing and its implications for civil liberties and academic […]Read More The issue won’t go away.
Hundreds protest Debbie Almontaser’s firing. In spite of what Leo Casey says in his comments to my posting, My Mistake I didn’t bus them in from Chicago. They’re actually from New York.Read More Inside agitators.
The NY Times reported today that the Bush administration will expand its war on children’s health care and order states to stop expanding CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) to children above the poverty level. The Bush surge against children’s health will result in new standards that would make it much more difficult for many states […]Read More Bush expands war on children’s health care.
Leo Casey refers to me, not by name, but by my error in his Edwize posting today. I originally incorrectly referred to the Khalil Gibran Academy as a school for the study of Islamic culture, history and language. I should have said it was a school for the study of Arab culture, history and language. […]Read More My mistake.
Mike Godwin. In this mornings NY Times there is a column by by Noam Cohen that talks about Godwin’s Law. Coined my Mike Godwin who is the general counsel of the Wikipedia Foundation, Godwin’s Law says: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. In my […]Read More “Intifada” and the power of words.
Today was the first day back for teachers and staff. The kids come tomorrow afternoon and I see my first students in the art room Wednesday morning. But today we gathered in the middle school gym. We heard greetings from the board president and the president of the learning foundation and before a “state of […]Read More First day of school.
Last year I bought myself a new digital camera. Its an SLR, Rebel XT Canon and it’s wonderful. But last week at the forum with Green Dot’s Steve Barr, CTU’s Marilyn Stewart and IEA’s Jo Anderson, I was there without my beloved Canon. All I had was my new iPhone (which I also love). So […]Read More Three over coffee.
Would Dr. King fire Debbie Almontaser? In what has to be the one of the more bizarre discussions on the web, there is actually a quotation war going on at Edwize over whether Martin Luther King would have supported the firing of Debbie Almontaser, the former principal at Khalil Gibran Academy. First the anti-union charter […]Read More Would Martin Luther King, Jr. fire the principal?
Springfield leadership. Now that Blagojevich, Madigan and Jones, the Larry, Moe and Curly of Illinois government, have made such a mess of things in Springfield, the IEA asks the question: Where do we go from here? As reported earlier in the week, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he intends to veto $500 million in “pork” from […]Read More IEA to Blago: Where do we go from here?