Outside McDonalds Headquarters in Oak Brook, IL – an affluent suburb of Chicago – fast-food workers and their supporters are arrested and treated like enemy combatants in a foreign country by warrior uniformed police. Insane over-reaction to a request for a living wage. Police arrest fast-food workers and their supporters outside McDonald’s headquarters after a massive march closed down the office
Most people realize that children, parents and all taxpayers are being ripped-off by politicians who preach educational excellence while cutting funds for public schools and handing wheelbarrows full of cash to “connected” buddies. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) closed over 50 public schools, fired hundreds of teachers, runs schools with few or no libraries, nurses, counselors, etc. Why? Chicago f
We call upon Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina to pull out of the deal to site the Success Academy charter school at the Mother Cabrini educational complex located in District 6. We urge them to consult with the District 6 parent community and collaboratively determine how to use the Mother Cabrini space for current District 6 students.....Cuomo and NY State legislature order de Blasio to fin
New York's branch of the movement has been led by the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE), a rank-and-file reform caucus in the United Federation of Teachers, together with other education advocates and community and labor organizations.... The NationSee Videos of all speakers at the rally. Video of Rosie Frascella from MORE/NYCORE - featured in the article.http://youtu.be/FUxQ83X2XsoAnd Br
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More than 75 percent of teachers in Fairfax County high schools find their school’s leadership to be effective and more than 85 percent find their school to be a good place to work and learn, according to a recent 2014 working conditions survey. Read full article >>
If you are at all shocked by this, you just haven't been paying attention:In a stunning reversal, Gov. Chris Christie today announced plans to grab, over two years, $2.43 billion meant for public workers' pensions to balance New Jersey's ailing state budget. The plan threatens to derail one of Christie's signature accomplishments in Trenton — a series of reforms to replenish New Jersey's strained
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Even I can be amazed at how far off track we've gotten.I just came home from our high school choir concert. It was particularly bittersweet because our young choir director has had quite a year. She delivered a child with some complications, including the complication that led to surgery a few weeks ago (for her-- the baby is doing well now). Somewhere in the midst of all that, administration call
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Is Cami leaving? | Bob Braun's Ledger: Is Cami leaving?NTU President Joe Del GrossoThe president of the Newark Teachers Union has sent an e-mail to its membership predicting state-appointed schools superintendent Cami Anderson will soon leave ker position.Joseph Del Grosso said he and other union officials met earlier this week both with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe and legislative
One Valuable History Lesson: an open letter | Reclaim Reform: One Valuable History Lesson: an open letterPosted on May 21, 2014by Ken PrevitiTo All of the Teachers of History in Illinois:Please make time in your harried schedules of mandated arbitrary test preparation to teach one truly valuable lesson of Illinois and American history. This is also linked to current events at the culmination of th
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPBREAKING NEWS!!!! FARINA WANTED ATR's DONE AWAY WITH!! southbronxschool.comhttp://www.southbronxschool.com: BREAKING NEWS!!!! FARINA WANTED ATR's DONE AWAY WITH!!Sources in Tweed shared starling news today with The Crack Team about how the negoti
The president of the Newark Teachers Union has sent an e-mail to its membership predicting state-appointed schools superintendent Cami Anderson will soon leave ker position.
Joseph Del Grosso said he and other union officials met earlier this week both with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe and legislative leaders. He said he came away from those meetings with this conclusion:
“It is my strong belief that based on the discussions I have had to this point, Cami Anderson will not be continuing as Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools.”
In a subsequent conversation with me, Del Gross said he believed Anderson’s departure is “imminent.”
Sources within the union leadership said Anderson’s contract–up at the end of June–would not be renewed and she would leave in a way that suggested her departure was voluntary. Those same sources indicated leadership could be passed over to a cooperative arrangement between a state official and a current high-ranking officer within the Newark Public Schools, with the most obvious candidate Roger Leon, currently an assistant schools superintendent.
None of this has been confirmed by either Anderson or Hespe.
It would not surprise me that Del Grosso’s email is part of an effort, both locally and at the state level, to pressure Anderson into leaving. It also is a difficult time for NTU members who are about to learn whether they will be laid off. Clearly, the message is designed to rally union members to stand behind a concerted effort to pressure Anderson into leaving.
This is the text of Del Grosso’s email to NTU members.
Over the past months, there have been numerous rumors of layoffs, school closings, and drastic cuts to the Newark Public Schools budget. In preparation for these events, the Newark Teachers Union requested a meeting with Acting Is Cami leaving? | Bob Braun's Ledger:
Please make time in your harried schedules of mandated arbitrary test preparation to teach one truly valuable lesson of Illinois and American history. This is also linked to current events at the culmination of the lesson.
Begin, as you know best, with a short review of the definition of a democratic republic and voting rights. Make a distinction between America’s democracy versus royal monarchies, feudal systems of rule, oligarchies, plutocracies, banana republic rulers empowered by corporations, and hereditary forms of rule disguised as fair governance of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Follow that with a reading of the actual oath of office sworn by every elected state official to defend the federal and state constitutions. Read HERE.
Complete the lesson with the fact that Chicago was run by Mayor Richard J. Daley for 21 years and his son, Mayor Richard M. Daley, for 22 years. Illinois has been run by Speaker of the House Mike Madigan for 31 years and his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, for 11 years.
The Daley rule was in non-overlapping years. The Madigan rule has been in overlapping years. Nothing was passed and accepted in Chicago without mayoral consent. Nothing is put before the state legislature without the approval of the Speaker of the House; this is a de facto rule, not a constitutional rule. Nothing of a legal nature is pursued by the state without acceptance by the attorney general.
The theft of constitutionally protected earned compensation for teachers (pensions) was passed by both the state Madigan (Mike) led House and the Senate and is now being approved by the Madigan (Lisa) attorney general’s office. Read details HERE and HERE.
The homework assignment is simple. Ask students to draw conclusions of their own regarding the facts as presented. The usual standards of logic, etc. need to be applied to their written conclusions.
Thank you for considering this assignment for your classes. I do, however, understand any refusal on your part to teach this as a class lesson. In Illinois the arbitrary and capricious manner of punishing or firing teachers has become a de facto behavior in spite of laws to the contrary. Please do not risk your livelihood and your professional careers. If possible, please safely adapt the lesson and get the idea across to as many people, young and old, as possible. We are all in this together.
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Hespe to meet with Newark students | Bob Braun's Ledger: Hespe to meet with Newark studentsDavis HespeActing state Education Commissioner David Hespe has agreed to meet with representatives of the Newark students who shut down a city school board meeting Tuesday night with their demands for the resignation of state-appointed superintendent Cami Anderson.Michael Yaple, a spokesman for Hespe, said
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Koch Brothers Exposed: The Chilling New Documentary Republicans Don’t Want You to See | Democracy Now!: Koch Brothers Exposed: The Chilling New Documentary Republicans Don’t Want You to SeeThere is a chilling new documentary about the billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch, that some Republicans do not want you to see. On Monday, Republican Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan tried to block an e
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Virtual Panels Discuss Choice, Equity, and Change — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGVirtual Panels Discuss Choice, Equity, and ChangeMay 21, 2014 by Whole Child SymposiumBuilding on the conversation started at the earlier Whole Child Symposium Town Hall and Live events, last week's Virtual panel discussions went even further to identify what currently works in education, what we need in
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