Letter to Editor (s) by Jay Rehak

On February 6th, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Tribune and the Sun-Times. Have not gotten a response from either, so I presume they are not going to run it.  I think what I am talking about (Elected officials helping to create higher borrowing costs for government) is something we all need to be screaming about.  And by all of us, I mean anyone who is not a member of the 1%. Because here's the reality from my point of view, the wealthy will continue to OWN more of the government as they drive up interest rates on government bonds and buy them.  Chicago is just the latest City to pay outrageous borrowing costs instead of doing the right thing which is to raise taxes on the wealthy OR INSIST BOND RATINGS agencies treat them fairly.  Anyhow, here is my letter: 

 

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The Common Core of Goodwill by Michelle Gunderson

CORE's Michelle Gunderson published this article in Living in Dialogue 

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The Triumvirate of Upheaval in Our Classrooms by Michelle Gunderson

By Michelle Strater Gunderson.  Originally published in Living in Dialogue March 5, 2015

I recently had an epiphany while listening to Melissa Katz, a wonderful student activist from New Jersey, talk about corporate education reform on the radio. When speaking about the swift and drastic changes in education based on implementation of Common Core and aligned tests she used the word upheaval.

Upheaval. Think about it. Is this what you are experiencing in your school setting?

The roll out of Common Core standards, aligned tests such as PARCC and Smarter Balance, and new punitive evaluations has produced what I call the Triumvirate of Upheaval. The combination of all three has disrupted almost every school in our country.

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Chicago Elementary School Votes to Oppose PARCC Common Core Tests by Michelle Gunderson

By Michelle Strater Gunderson.  Published on Living and Dialogue Site on Feb. 28, 2015

“What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.”      John Dewey

Last week the Local School Council at Nettelhorst Elementary School in Chicago voted unanimously to write a letter of opposition to the PARCC exam, and gave permission to the parent/teacher organization to distribute testing opt out information to all families.

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Chicago Teachers’ New Political Awakening by Michelle Gunderson

By Michelle Gunderson. First Published in Living in Dialogue August 4th, 2014 

What would our city look like if it were run by Chicago teachers alongside other labor and community groups? This was the thought that kept running through my head as we gathered to support the launch of the new United Working Families political organization in Chicago.

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First post about your nation

These are sample blog posts. You can add more posts, edit or delete them from Websites > [blog] > Posts & subpages.

A blog is essential to keep people up to date with everything your Union is doing. It also keeps your website content fresh and provides an opportunity for people to get involved in the discussion.

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Tips on setting up a blog

These are sample blog posts. You can edit or delete them from Websites > [blog] > Posts & subpages.

 

Learn how to create a blog and some tips for keeping it updated. 

Watch this video for a step by step walk-through on setting up a blog.

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