Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up

By John Ruberry On Friday a friend of this very blogger forwarded a Chicago Tribune Breaking News Alert to me: Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by nearly 10,000 students. And the year before CPS enrollment slid by 11,000. There are 371,382 students taking classes in CPS schools  In 2002 there 438,589 kids running the halls, … Continue reading Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up

Unfunded pensions are why Chicago will be the next Detroit

By John Ruberry I've been saying that Chicago will be the next Detroit for years, and on Thursday, syndicated talk radio show host--and former Tea Party congressman--Joe Walsh, was making the same prediction on his program. Walsh was discussing a just-released pension study which the Chicago Sun-Times reported on. Standard & Poor's surveyed pension obligations … Continue reading Unfunded pensions are why Chicago will be the next Detroit

Report from Louisiana: Edwards Breaks Promise to Support School Choice

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Can I say “I told you so” now? Louisiana elected John Bel Edwards in the last gubernatorial election because so many voters just couldn’t stomach David Vitter any longer; standing in judgment of Vitter’s decades-old moral lapse (one which his wife had long since forgiven), enough Louisiana Republicans crossed lines … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Edwards Breaks Promise to Support School Choice

Why 21st century civil disobedience isn’t the same as 1960s civil disobedience

By John Ruberry Whether it's Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or a teachers union, leftist protesters who block streets and disrupt private businesses claim they are the spiritual descendants of Martin Luther King and the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Many of the members of these groups--and there is some overlap--wish they had been a … Continue reading Why 21st century civil disobedience isn’t the same as 1960s civil disobedience

Detroit teachers illegally strike with sick-outs and no one cares

By John Ruberry Last week five public schools in Detroit were closed due to sick-outs, that is, these for-the-kids educators called in sick when they weren't, likely by the direction of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. This is a strike in everything but name, and teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan. And no one it seems, … Continue reading Detroit teachers illegally strike with sick-outs and no one cares

Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget

By John Ruberry It's been four months since Illinois operated with a budget. But the story goes back a year when Land of Lincoln voters tossed out Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's two-time running mate, and chose Republican businessman Bruce Rauner to, as his proclaimed in his campaign slogans, "Bring back Illinois" and "Shake … Continue reading Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget

Obama’s ‘Testing Cap’ Comes At Convenient Political Moment

By A.P. Dillon If it looks like a political stunt and smells like a political stunt, then it stands to reason it is a political stunt. President Obama's big shift in rhetoric on testing this past week comes at a politically convenient time.  In a total course reversal, Obama wants a cap that limits the testing on … Continue reading Obama’s ‘Testing Cap’ Comes At Convenient Political Moment

Unions–and a one day classroom sub–shed light on Illinois’ pension debacle

By John Ruberry About 20 percent of Illinois' operating budget goes to state worker pensions. With so much cash going to retired Prairie State employees, you would think that the state where I live would be on diligent in funding the system. But Illinois' pensions are the worst funded among the 50 states.  Some years … Continue reading Unions–and a one day classroom sub–shed light on Illinois’ pension debacle

Beware of the anti-Rahm in Chicago

By John Ruberry Once the midterm elections are over another major political contest will begin--the Chicago mayoral race. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief-of-staff, is expected to run for reelection. His three years in office have been at best a mixed bag. Violent crime is Chicago's biggest issue, it was during his term that the … Continue reading Beware of the anti-Rahm in Chicago

Morning Joe Catches up with DaTechGuy 27 months later…

Monday on Morning Joe they covered a blockbuster story by Campbell Brown concerning the Teachers Unions in NY: By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the … Continue reading Morning Joe Catches up with DaTechGuy 27 months later…

Unclear on the concept…

of Fascism and terrorism: Make no mistake about it; this is a political attack on teachers for supporting democratic leaders who have stood up for education in our state. If passed, these fascist measures will silence the voice of teachers working to improve our schools, communities and our state. and this: “He has the power … Continue reading Unclear on the concept…

What I saw at the Boston Union/Tea Party rally

I got to the State house around 5:45. At the time I got there you could see two distinct groups. On the right side of the street (the state house building) were the unions. About 1200 people appeared on that side of the street (I actually counted). On the other side of the street was … Continue reading What I saw at the Boston Union/Tea Party rally

The ultimate irony of today’s Rally in Boston

I will have an Examiner Article up before the end of the night and a longer post in the morning concerning the Union/Tea Party rally in Boston today but the ultimate irony of the rally can be expressed in this simple video: You will remember this film from the one nation rally and this from … Continue reading The ultimate irony of today’s Rally in Boston

The White House figures out which way the wind is blowing

Four days ago Politico highlighted the involvement of the DNC was and OFA in Wisconsin: The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America arm -- the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign -- is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights. … Continue reading The White House figures out which way the wind is blowing

The Democrats in a Wisconsin mine field

Our democratic friends and the media are stepping on so many land minds these days its hard to count them all, but a few things instantly come to mind: Boom! We all love school in July Every day that the Wisconsin teachers choose to take off is a day that parents around the state have … Continue reading The Democrats in a Wisconsin mine field