Accountability, Mayes, Teacher Shortage

Excerpts from the Mayes Audiotape

https://soundcloud.com/wfmp-forward-radio/dear-jcps-mayes-episode-edited?in=wfmp-forward-radio/sets/save-our-schools-with-dear 0:00 Student 1: "I think you and I have had a pretty good relationship over the past 4 years and I just wanted to make Mayes aware of a situation that was pretty personal that happened yesterday. I was at the football practice filming ... and [one of the players] came over to talk… Continue reading Excerpts from the Mayes Audiotape

Accountability

“Friendly Incumbent” or “Friendly Fire?”

Today at 5 PM, Jefferson County Teachers’ Association (JCTA) triennial general elections will draw to a close. Following a contentious campaign cycle, a diverse group of teacher members vying for more than a dozen open seats on the Board, (including the four key leadership positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), will learn how… Continue reading “Friendly Incumbent” or “Friendly Fire?”

Accountability

Terrible Endorsements Are Nothing New

You may remember the recent flak JCTA's political action committee received when they stuck to their endorsement of Jason Nemes.  https://twitter.com/oliviakrauth/status/1318677202427383808 You may also be aware that same JCTA-endorsed candidate is now chairing an committee to impeach our public school friendly governor. He also voted for charter schools and the infamous "sewer bill." But terrible… Continue reading Terrible Endorsements Are Nothing New

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education

JCTA blocked transparency of private money (equity) contracts

In 2016, according to a post made by JCTA member and candidate for JCTA Vice President, Randy Wieck,  JCTA blocked transparency of the private money (equity) contracts, so-called "proprietary", in 2016 (see bottom of Action from 2016). The private money firms divulge what they choose, and charge what they like, and this cannot be revealed… Continue reading JCTA blocked transparency of private money (equity) contracts

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education, Safe Return to School

Are Teachers’ Pension Assets Tied to the Insurrection?

In a recent letter from ACRE, https://acrecampaigns.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Letter-to-Schwarzman.pdf A Huge Wall Street Scandal Just Exploded In Kentucky Jacobin Magazine, July 22, 2020 Kentucky sues Blackstone and KKR over fund performance Financial Times, July 22, 2020 Lawmakers Push To Defund The Insurrection Legislators request review of pension investments flowing to Wall Street firms whose execs funded groups… Continue reading Are Teachers’ Pension Assets Tied to the Insurrection?

Accountability

What They’re Not Telling You.

JCTA officer elections quietly come around every three years. Tomorrow will kick off the next triennial 8-day popularity contest. Their long-standing President, Brent McKim, has a Black female challenger. Incumbent Vice President, Tammy Berlin, seeking her third term, has a Black male challenger. The Treasurer slot is being sought by a vocal critic of McKim’s… Continue reading What They’re Not Telling You.

Accountability

Experienced Black Female Educator Challenges Status Quo

There’s an election going on. A very important election. For the first time in 20 years, ever since the sitting president removed term limits for himself and his loyal accomplices so they could remain in power, he and his white incumbents face a very a real threat from dissatisfied rank-and-file members A Black, female educator,… Continue reading Experienced Black Female Educator Challenges Status Quo