In case you weren't watching...Fran Spielman, Sun-TimesMayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia came out smoking Thursday, putting Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his heels in their second debate for presiding over a government by fiat and press release that is “out of touch” with the priorities of everyday Chicagoans. “He’s the mayor of Chicago — not the king of t […]
- Fred Klonsky, SORE President The Illinois Education Association was founded in 1853. It became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857. In 1966 the NEA and the African American American Teachers Association merged. We also merged in Illinois. The NEA essentially removed administrators from leadership and became a union in 1970. Over the […]
Indeed, there are some Illinois politicians who will continue to ignore legal and moral solutions for the state's budget problems and pension debt. They will continue their assaults on the Pension Clause, no matter what the Illinois Supreme Court decides. Therefore, we must be absolutely prepared to defend our pension benefits and rights without apologi […]
Indiana Governor PenceIndianathemaGovernor Rauner’s “role model.”, according to Crain’s editorial board, is Mitch Daniels. He told them so in March of 2014. In addition the private equity manager/governor of Illinois has hired the chief legal counsel from Indiana (Jason Barclay) in order to have the same man who whispered in Mitch Daniels’ ear, murmuring i […]
Whatever.For me interesting detail in the Fioretti thing is that way early on in this race, Karen Lewis had the ability to see the truth about the man. Pretty savvy, pretty impressive.Someday we'll hear about what Fioretti got from Rahm, and it will all be very paltry and sad.
PEORIA, IL -- The municipal election on April 7 has several contested races. Here are my endorsements: Peoria School District 150 Board, District 3: Two to be elected. I support the recommendations of Change150, the group formed to do just...
I don’t suppose it was any kind of surprise that the MORE-sponsored anti-testing resolution died on the floor of the DA last Wednesday. I really admire their tenacity for placing this before the DA after the “I refuse” resolution was killed on technical grounds. I’m not sure whether or not it’s a good use of their time.For one thing, once Leroy Barr, or pret […]
Ani McHugh put down the baby for a few minutes and put a couple more corporate education reformers in their place:I’m not sure whether Dana Egreczky and Melanie Willoughby–co-authors of a pro-PARCC opinion piece published yesterday on nj.com–are parents of children in New Jersey’s public schools, but I do know that they’re not educators: the bio at the end o […]
Last week, many of my friends shared this article from Robert Reich, a critique of the current “college for all” movement that’s forced millions of students into post-college (and for many lifelong) debt to private universities and for-profit banks in the form of loans. From him: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only ga […]
Did you know the New York City Department of Education still grants study sabbaticals? Well, they do. I took one last year. I know two people on them this year. And the application for next year has been posted, and is due in just a few weeks. Here’s the DoE’s sabbatical page (very little explanation): […]
Leonie Haimson includes in this post a summary of the latest Quinnipiac poll about public reaction to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education proposals. The long and short of it is that they are so unpopular that they have dragged down his overall rating. 28% approve his proposals while 63% reject them. The Quinnipiac poll […]
From the impact of school closures to the perils of an all-charter system, Boston students seem to know a lot more than the adult interests… It’s sad when adult interests decide to close schools Which is why I took it upon myself to be the bearer of great news to the students protesting at last week’s […]
Magic: Panning for goldMagic Johnson has joined up with Edison Inc., school board member Deborah Quazzo and other profiteers who are panning for gold in the growing dropout market.WBEZ reports that Magic keynoted a conference in Arizona to which Chicago school board member Quazzo had flown a small contingent of some of Chicago’s most powerful education offic […]