Facts about Chicago teachers' pensions

As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) continues to mobilize a political effort to takeover Chicago’s government, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) continues to run dry from neglect and unrealistic expectations. According to a recent analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute, the CTPF’s five-year investment return has been exactly 0 percent. This is bad news for... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union: The ultimate special interest

On Monday the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced a “comprehensive and aggressive political action campaign” to oust Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his school board appointees, and members of the city council with whom the union disagrees. The move comes weeks after the Chicago Public Schools announced plans to close up to 61 school buildings and transfer students... Read more »

CTU's hypocrisy on Chicago school accountability

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) today links to a press release from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) on the news several INCS schools could be closed through new Chicago Public Schools actions: CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Today the Chicago Board of Education announced that six charter public schools would be placed on “Academic Watch” – Ace Tech,... Read more »

Win political arguments (and write great blogs) with data

Win political arguments (and write great blogs) with data
Who hasn’t been here? You’re sitting around a table, having drinks or a meal with friends, when someone drops the most incredible claim about taxes, government spending, schools, unions…whatever. Because everyone has a computer in their pocket, the scene turns quickly from eye-to-eye conversation to one where faint blue light shines on everyone’s face as... Read more »

School choice the only way to solve teachers' split loyalties

School choice the only way to solve teachers' split loyalties
This week is being celebrated as National School Choice Week from coast to coast. A whistle-stop tour that began on Friday in Los Angeles will arrive in Chicago’s Union Station this evening before heading to its final destination in New York on Sunday. The goal of this week of over 3,600 events–including a movie screening... Read more »

What's a libertarian? Watch Ellen.

Since I’ve been writing about the recently-ended Chicago Teachers Union strike, many new Chicagoans (and others) have read this blog for the first time. To everyone, I say, welcome! I hope you find this blog useful and return to it often for a libertarian perspective on events, particularly those in the Windy City. In the... Read more »

CTU Strike Ends...And You Had No Say In Any Of It

Just remember as word of the CTU’s House of Delegates’ decision to end the strike breaks: You had no vote in any of this. No student had a vote. No parent had a vote. No elected official had a vote. Only the members of the private organization called the Chicago Teachers Union had a vote... Read more »

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Chicago Teachers Union

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Chicago Teachers Union
As the Chicago Teachers Union strike persists into a second week and Mayor Emanuel seeks an injunction to get teachers back into classrooms, the discussion over Chicago’s schools continues. What’s missing from the general discussion is whether Chicago students would be better served with or without the Chicago Teachers Union. Below are ten rarely-mentioned facts... Read more »

I disagree with the union, but love teachers.

I was discussing the teachers’ strike with a friend this morning after breakfast. After covering some of the issues at play she said,  ”Criticizing teachers can be hard to do.” That’s true, and rightfully so. I’ve had great teachers, people whom I admire and even love for what they’ve done in my life. I have... Read more »

Comparing apples to apples in Chicago's charter schools

Amid the Chicago Teachers Union’s demands during this week’s strike, there is a quieter but no less important discussion occurring. Chicago’s parents, activists, journalists, and regular citizens are discussing the performance of traditional public schools compared to the performance of charter public schools. Charter schools are operated by many different private nonprofits. Where the private... Read more »
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    Libertarian (classical liberal), entrepreneur, big cat enthusiast, Apple-head, Trekkie, double bass player. Director of Programs and Alumni Relations for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the first free market organization in the country, whose mission is to inspire, educate, and connect young people to the ideas that make free societies successful. Former chairman of the Chicago chapter of America's Future Foundation, a group developing intellectual leadership among young professionals.

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