Verizon workers prepare for strike while talks continue.Carol MarinAs the City Council Finance committee meets on Monday to denounce Spike Lee’s movie, “Chirac,” for making Chicago look bad, it might be useful to consider why, like Iraq, some of our neighborhoods resemble failed states. No matter what name we call them. -- Willie Lloyd, King of Kings Has Di […]
The Disappearing Trick You’ve vanished again, somehowmoved from the seventeenth row,thirteenth stone in from the road,snowflakes blown horizontalacross the wide sweep of the deadwhile I stumble in cold feet,cold hands hanging onto the plastic wreathI intend to clamp to your graveand tie secure with the thin green threads,but you’re nowhere to be found, gone […]
AG Lisa Madigan: A Blind Eye to Political Corruption in Illinois?You’ve probably already read or heard about the plea from the FBI for all citizens to assist in the identification of those involved in political corruption in the State of Kentucky.“Federal crime-fighters started an outreach campaign Friday to recruit Kentuckians to help uncover government cor […]
Brevard County School Board member Andy Ziegler commented on the $4 million dollars that a law firm hired by the Board declared as “improper payments.” Ziegler, who promoted the software company and approved the no-bid contract which caused the entire … Continue reading →
Yesterday, I reported on the House Ethics Committee's 28-page exoneration of Danny Davis and lots of other representatives in the matter of an illegal junket arranged by former Niagara Foundation Executive Director Kemal Oksuz.In short, the Committee found no major wrongdoing on the part of the representatives, and it took a ridiculous swing at the Wash […]
This post is borrowed from Jose Vilson’s intro to our latest newsletter. If you’d like to subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter, please click here. Hashtags aren’t just hashtags. Much of the criticism lobbed towards “hashtag activism” is that it isn’t substantive or tantamount to actual change. Yet, the hashtag has formed a digital symbolism for... The post […]
PEORIA, IL -- From a news release: Local Residents Demand Pollution Cleanup at Upcoming State Hearing in Pekin Illinois Pollution Control Board to Hear Comments on Dangerous Levels of Sulfur Dioxide Pollution in Peoria, Tazewell County PEKIN, Ill. – Today,...
We keep voting in the same people, they keep doing the same things, it failed before, it's failing now, and it will fail in the future. Yet we hope against hope that this time it will work. We give the reformies a little bit to show them how flexible we are. We buy into one of their awful ideas, and then another. Then we sit and wait for them to say tha […]
Last time, I challenged the reformy notion that higher standards a priori lead to better test-based performance. The basis for my challenge is a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics: "Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results From the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments."The fine folks at NCES l […]
Anyone who’s read this blog for a while knows that the New York Post isn’t a friend of this program, but can we talk about this interview for a second? ... Read More The post What Does It Mean For A Student To Deserve Promotion? appeared first on The Jose Vilson.
In Unity there is Strength. It’s why we negotiate as a union, instead of, for example, as math teachers. Or as high school teachers. Or as special ed teachers. Or as art teachers. It’s also why we do not negotiate one school at a time. Except in Prose schools. Now, some Prose schools got a […]
Steve Zimmer, a 17-year-veteran teacher in Los Angeles (he began via Teach for America), was recently elected President of the LAUSD school board. In this speech to the AFT, he describes the many millions spent to defeat him. I have known Steve for a few years, and I have always thought of him as soft-spoken. […]
Charter hustler Moskowitz & her billionaire hedge-funder PaulsonClout-heavy Eva Moskowitz runs N.Y.'s Success Academy which is already one of the richest charter school networks in the city. Tax documents show the non-profit took in a whopping $34.6 million for the financial year ending June 2013.Now John Paulson, the infamous scam-artist, hedge-fun […]
"A financial analysis for 2012 of the British-based publishing giant Pearson is available online at 4-traders.com. It tells a very interesting, if frightening story that needs to be more widely circulated in the United States, especially among parents, teachers, and educational policy makers. Something consistently missing in a report that emphasizes gr […]