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Illinois Federation of Teachers

We Must Fight Poverty As We Fix Our Schools

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Today's headlines shouldn't focus just on test scores; they should tell the whole story. Our children are worth real solutions, not fly-by-night "reform" schemes.

(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

It's Time for a Fair Tax in Illinois

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Illinois is a state that prides itself on hard work and fairness; we just need a tax system that reflects those values.

Joy Resmovits

Illinois Teacher Accountability Now Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education

With the flick of Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) wrist, an Illinois law that changes the rules governing how teachers can be hired and fired became official Mon...

Joy Resmovits

In Illinois, Reform Achieved Through Collaboration -- For The Most Part

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education

What’s next for Illinois teachers? Following the passage of sweeping education reform, advocates, lawmakers and teachers unions are breathing a t...

Joy Resmovits

How Should Teachers Be Fired?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- State lawmakers from Illinois to Tennessee are considering laws that could change what it means to be a teacher, as labor policy has becom...

Epic Miscalculation Has Illinois Teachers Unions in the Crosshairs

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Legislative leaders in Springfield are readying a mammoth education reform package aimed primarily at curtailing the power of the state's teachers unions, a shocking turn of events.

For Teachers Unions, Focus Should Be Brady

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

When it comes to education, Illinois voters have a stark choice this November: a Democrat who would fund the schools versus a Republican who would gut them.

Will Illinois Education 'Race to the Top'? There's Hope on the Horizon

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

I majored in economics -- a field that entails heaps of calculus -- but the state thinks I'm not qualified to teach math. This bizarre situation is a result of the Board of Ed's certification requirements.

Rudy Lozano's Challenge to State Rep. Dan Burke Draws Old and New Media's Attention, Political Intrigue

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Lozano-Burke clash is no ordinary primary challenge. It's a clash between generations, ethnic groups, independent versus regular Democrats, and political dynastic heritages.

Dan, Want to Prove You're a Leader? Push Pat on Education

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Despite Quinn's bungling, Hynes hasn't really been able to gain much traction: he's trailing by 26 points in a recent Tribune poll. The only issues Hynes has addressed at length are budget-related.

Teachers Union Biggest Donor To State Candidates

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Top lobbying groups and big unions -- and one individual -- head the list of the largest recent donors to candidates for the Illinois General Assembly...