Archive for August 2016

Why Juan Gabriel's music matters to a brown girl in Chicago

Today, Mexican music legend Juan Gabriel passed away.  The 66-year-old singer and composer recorded over 35 albums during this forty-plus year career.  He was a Latino music icon.  This guest post is by Evelyn Hernandez, my former student who loves his music. It’s a sad day to be a brown girl with feelings. Specifically, it’s... Read more »

An open letter to the Chicago Teachers Union Bargaining Committee

Dear Committee: My salutation is vague because I, as a rank-and-file member of the CTU, don’t know who the forty of you are.  Still, this letter is directed to each one of you. We face difficult times where our livelihood, our careers, and our reputation hang in the balance of a complex situation that does... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools graduates start scholarship to remember deceased friend

My former students, now college grads, started the Dennis De La Rosa Scholarship Fund to carry on the memory of their friend Dennis, who passed away over two years ago due to heart problems.  He was in his mid-20s.  De La Rosa graduated from Jones College Prep, one of Chicago’s top high schools, and earned... Read more »

The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board does NOT understand Chicago Public Schools Teachers

So let me get this straight: Kristen McQueary, a Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member, wants Chicago Public Schools teachers to pay our entire 9% pension instead of the 2% that the City and CTU agreed upon decades ago.  “No way should teachers pay such a small fraction toward their own retirements when they’re getting raises... Read more »