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

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education

Teachers Pension’s Swan Song

KY House Bill 5 - fast tracked through the Kentucky House and Senate with little fanfare earlier this month - is an ALEC-styled bill that will prohibit Kentucky's governor from reorganizing boards and commissions. It was vetoed by Governor Beshear last week, while the legislature is in recess. His veto is expected to be overturned… Continue reading Teachers Pension’s Swan Song

Accountability

Botched BSK Election

The recent election for Better Schools Kentucky, a political action committee within the teacher's union, which endorses candidates and directs member dues money to candidates for key legislative and school board seats, uncovered numerous anomalies and programming concerns with the union's antiquated electronic ballot system. Candidates asking too many questions created an avalanche of more… Continue reading Botched BSK Election

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Student Assignment, Teachable Moment, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Come Have Some Tea With Me

My friends call it "spilling the tea." My family used to call it "spilling the beans." Although I think the expressions came from two completely different origins, they mean roughly the same thing in this situation. Not sure where the expression came from, but I can picture some well-dressed Southern ladies sitting together at their… Continue reading Come Have Some Tea With Me