Bruce Rauner: No Excuse Video

Bruce Rauner has released a new video. It was also played right before halftime of the Bears Packers game last night. The video highlights Rauner’s views on education. From Rauner press release: “I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois […]

Chicago School Closings Highlight Need for Choice

Chicago Public Schools has chosen to close 54 schools, co-locating 11 more and having a completely new staff in 7. These closures make it harder for the children on charter school waiting lists to get out of the failing schools. Here are few sobering statistics from the Chicago Tribune on Chicago Public Schools: 8,781 students dropped out […]

Illinois Republicans: Get ready for Bruce Rauner

John Kass introduces Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Republicans with his column this morning in the Chicago Tribune. Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire bull in the quaint Illinois Republican china shop, sat down with me Wednesday morning at a diner on LaSalle Street to talk about politics. Are you running for governor? “I am thinking about […]

Won’t Back Down opens Friday! (Parents Fighting Failed Inner City Schools)

A new movie about parents standing up to the failing inner city schools will start Friday. See the trailer below: This movie is about 2 mothers who take a stand against school failing their child. They have to take on teachers, principals, and more importantly political leaders. This movie highlights why parents are the best […]

Romney wants to ban teacher union political contributions

For decades, teacher unions have cunningly helped elect labor friendly school board members whose idea of negotiating is to hand union leaders a contract and ask them to fill in the blanks.  That self-serving approach has led to policies that have overinflated costs at our public schools.  As a direct result, many school districts are running out of money.  […]

Lake Forest teachers continue strike while paid $30k more than average

As a tax-paying resident of Lake Bluff, part of my property taxes go to fund Lake Forest School District 115, where high school teachers are now on strike and can be seen picketing in front of their state-of-the-art Lake Forest High School facility along McKinley Road in Lake Forest.  Teachers from other school districts joined […]

Time for school choice in Chicago

There are few matters of public interest greater than educating the next generation. Chicago public school teachers who went on strike Monday have struck against the public interest, placing self-interest in difficult economic times ahead of children.  But there is a way around the current impasse that doesn’t involve giving in to the union. It’s […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of a New School Year

Implementing Washington-controlled education standards means that states, local school boards, and ultimately parents will have less say in their children’s education. This year’s homework assignment for conservatives: continue the fight for increased parental control, individualized options for students, and decreased government interference in education. Click here to read this post from The Heritage Foundation’s Morning […]

Romney touts new education reform plan, attacks Obama ties to teachers’ unions

Mitt Romney debuted his comprehensive proposal for education reform Wednesday, saying dramatic changes to the existing No Child Left Behind legislation were necessary and criticizing President Obama’s ties to teachers’ unions. Click here to read this article from The Hill, and view the corresponding video.

Why Is Illinois’sTop Teacher Salary $108,000 More Than Kentucky’s?

And $95,000 more than WI and $92,000 more than IA and $83,000 more than MO? Or to put it another way why is IL top teacher salary more than twice as much as Kentucky’s ($203,000 vs. $195,000)? The answer the above questions is simple: because the National Education Association (NEA) and it’s spawn, the Illinois […]