Matthew Lang was a band director at O’Fallon Township High School in Illinois in 2007 when administrators learned he was having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
Jon White was sentenced to 48 years in prison in 2008 for abusing ten students at schools in the Illinois towns of Urbana and Normal.
Chris Mark was caught having an inappropriate relationship with a student in 2010. His union contract ensured that he was on paid leave during the 13-step process.
Stephen Wright, a tenured science teacher at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois, kept his license to teach even after being accused of faking his hours, stealing district computers, inappropriately touching female students and discussing the sexual activities of himself and his students.
Dina Holder, a special needs pre-kindergarten teacher in California’s Brentwood School District, kept her job despite reports that she physically abused multiple students.
Mark Krockover, a tenured chemistry teacher and cheerleading coach at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Ill., was allowed to resign and given $60,000 severance after he was accused of harassment from seven female students.
Neal Erickson is in prison for molesting a 14-year-old boy while he was a teacher in the West Branch-Rose City, Mich., school district.
Tenure protection kept Aryeh Eller in the New York City school district’s infamous “rubber room” for more than 10 years after he admitted repeated sexual harassment of female students.
New York teacher, Queens math instructor Francisco Olivares, still earned his annual salary of nearly $95,000 after allegedly impregnating and marrying a 16-year-old student and sexually molesting two other students during his 32-year career.
In Los Angeles, special education teacher Matthew Kim was finally fired in 2009, some seven years after co-workers and students complained of repeated acts of sexual harassment.
One teacher, whose name was redacted from official documents, was alleged to have done numerous horrific acts to her students, including spraying a second-grader with mace, slapping other students and placing a stapler over a kid’s lips and threatening to seal them.
An elementary teacher in Newark who swore at, threatened and punched a 10-year-old girl in front of her classmates got nine months’ pay plus vacation and sick time in exchange for quitting.
The pension “fix” for Chicago was approved yesterday in both the House and the State Senate. It only provides relief for 2 of the 5 pension funds. Those are:
MEABF – Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago
LABF – Laborers’ and Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity Benefit Fund of Chicago
The bill provides slower increases and for some years no increases in benefits. It does not cut benefits as some claim.
The Chicago Teachers Union was left out of this bill, so that is still to come later in the session. The amended bill also removed the property tax increase. This means the city council will be left to decide the property tax issue. It’s interesting that even though the increase was removed the language stating more revenue is needed is still included:
The General Assembly has been advised by the City that the City cannot feasibly reduce its other expenses to address this serious problem without an unprecedented reduction in basic City services. Personnel costs constitute approximately 75% of the non-discretionary appropriations for the City. As such, reductions in City expenditures to fund pensions would necessarily result in substantial cuts to City personnel, including in key services areas such as public safety, sanitation, and construction. In sum, the crisis confronting the City and its Funds is so large and immediate that it cannot be addressed through increased funding alone, without modifying employee contribution rates and annual adjustments for current and future retirees. The consequences to the City of attempting to do so would be draconian. Accordingly, the General Assembly concludes that, unless reforms are enacted, the benefits currently promised by the Pension Funds are at risk.
GOP Leader Christine Radogno did not put any votes on the bill although 1 Republican (Karen McConnaughay) cast a meaningless vote for the bill since the Democrats had enough to pass it without the vote. Sen. Kirk Dillard voted Present along with Sen. Pam Althoff.
Senate Final Vote
GOP House Leader got 24 Republicans to vote for approval. This allowed multiple Democrats to vote no and protect them this fall.
How many of you have ever heard of marijuana edibles or pot candy?
How many parents understand this is even an issue at all?
How many more students have or will be doing this?
What other unintended consequences are coming our way with more legalization?
The Chicago Tribune released a poll in the US Senate race. State Sen. Jim Oberweis is leading 52% – 15% over Doug Truax. Even if Truax garnered all the undecided, he would not be able to catch Oberweis at this point.
Tweet using the hashtag #SchoolChoice from 2:00-3:00PM (EST) on Friday, January 31.
Host an event with social media influencers at your office, a bar or restaurant and tweet together to raise awareness.*
Spread the word! Tweet about the event all week and ask your network to join in.
Heartland Institute Forum
Thursday, January 30th – 6pm
Joseph Bast, President, The Heartland Institute
Tom Morrison, Illinois State Representative
Ted Dabrowski, Vice President of Policy, Illinois Policy Institute
Moderator: Bruno Behrend, Senior fellow for education policy, The Heartland Institute
With college starting for thousands of freshman and many more upperclassmen, I thought it would be good to provide a little advise from a technology perspective. Much of this advice is also applicable after oblige as well. The don’ts are more important so let’s start there.
Do not complain about your professor on facebook, Twitter or other social media, they WILL find out
Do not complain about the cafeteria food on your social media, the WILL find out and you have to eat there all year.
Do not complain about you roommate on your social media
Do make friends in ealry life as well as social media, this networking may vy well help your career later.