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Moving the Needle: Illinois Is Notorious for Its Politics, but Compromise on Performance-Based Education Reform Inches Forward
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2011-03-17 11:23:20

Education reform in Illinois features two major storylines: politics and policy. On the political front, two powerful forces – the business community and teacher unions – have competing proposals. On the policy end of things, the primary educational question is whether and to what degree teacher performance will be a factor in school-district workforce decisions, from budget-related layoffs to dismissals to tenure.

As the law stands now, layoffs and tenure are simply functions of teachers’ years of service and don’t take into account whether students are actually learning. Firing a tenured teacher is time-consuming and costly, and the current teacher-evaluation system, all sides agree, is ineffective. Common-sense reform is long overdue.

Given Illinois’ history and reputation, however, one might expect politics to dictate the outcome at the expense of sound policy. Somewhat surprisingly, the substance of the different proposals appears to be getting a careful vetting, and politics have thus far taken a back seat.


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Ted Rall: Die Union Scum
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2011-03-14 11:54:54


Ted Rall: Leeches
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2011-03-04 11:55:00


America Needs Union Competition
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2010-06-09 11:15:40

I agree with President Barack Obama that we need more labor unions. However, I disagree with his approach.

Full disclosure: I have been a dues-payer to both the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the National Education Association (NEA) unions. My sympathies are heavily tilted toward the interests of the men and women who do the work that makes America go.

For that reason, I strongly oppose the dishonestly named "Employee Free Choice Act," which aims to deprive workers of secret ballots when voting for or against union representation. You don't benefit workers by stripping them of basic democratic protections.


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How to Kiss Your Job Goodbye
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2009-08-27 14:55:41

If you want to understand one of the major explanations for unemployment in America, you need only look as far as Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, home of the Mercury Marine company, for the answer: labor unions seeking to extort more than the fair market share for their work from their employers.


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