Wednesday, November 6, 2013

11-6-13 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.

Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.:






Is another public employee pension going down?
There is just a few more hours and a day in the Illinois veto session. Most observers are now predicting that no action will happen on pensions But that isn’t exactly true. Greg Hinz is reporting that a bill is about to pass the General Assembly that significantly impacts employees of the Chicago Park District. Apparently it has the support of both management and the union. Under the amendment fil

The in box. Jose Vilson on the De Blasio win.
Read the entire post on Jose Vilson’s blog. Voting, as simple as it seems, is not enough. It never was. When I see the history of suffrage, especially as it pertains to people of color and women, I see a struggle to get the opportunity to vote for the right candidate as conscious citizens should. I also see movements that didn’t stop at the legislative house. Whatever your particular brand of act
All Chicago kids deserve a quality Arts education.
  We protested the closing of Lafayette last May. Photo: Fred Klonsky They closed Lafayette in August as part of Rahm’s 50-school massacre. By the way, Lafayette had a wonderful Arts program that served neighborhood kids. CPS swore that no charter school would replace Lafayette. However. late last week word leaked that ChiArts, a technically a contract school that focuses on the visual and perfor


Ten minute drawing. Three mayors.


Bridgeport voters fire Paul Vallas.
  Bridgeport, Connecticut school superintendent, Paul Vallas. Before Arne Duncan there was Paul Vallas. When Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley the second was handed mayoral control of the public schools, he handed them over to Paul Vallas. When Vallas’ vision of corporate reform went south, so did he. He was hired to run the charterization and teacher union busting of post Hurricane Katrina New Orlea


11-5-13 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Illinois’ CMS: “Can’t manage s**t.”Here’s the latest information from Central Management Services regarding retiree health insurance: Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL) The enrollment period for the Medicare Advantage plans has been set for November 12 through December 13, 2013. The effective da

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