A Dose of Their Own Medicine, Perhaps House Bill 208 (#HB208), the “back-to-school bill,” started out with good intentions, or so they were led to believe. It was positioned to some legislators as a “funding bill.” They were told districts needed this new language in order for SEEK dollars to follow students because after the… Continue reading Will They Kill #HB208?
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
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?”
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
JCTA Elections end Wednesday at 5:00 PM. If you are a member, be sure to exercise your vote before the deadline! To make an informed decision, check out all of our resources on our JCTA Members page. In particular, you can read about the 20-Year Timeline of the Teachers' Pensions, and also sign up to… Continue reading It’s Our Time, JCTA!
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
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?
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.
Let's begin by laying the foundation. It's January 25, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky, home of Breonna Taylor. Breonna was a graduate of Jefferson County Public Schools. JCPS is three times larger than the second largest school district in the state of Kentucky (nearly 100,000 students), and 29th largest in the country. I am a privileged,… Continue reading A Brief Primer