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How TIME Magazine Blew Its Cover

Time magazine’s current cover story is raising some hackles among educators. After reading the article, my impression is that Time magazine goofed pretty badly with this cover. The actual story deals with challenges to teacher tenure laws, mostly in California. … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Jim Weaver on Illinois Pension “Reform”

This was a rough week for public employees in Illinois as the state legislature narrowly passed pension “reform” measures that will take a lot of dollars away from public retirees. On Monday, the day before the legislative vote, the Daily … Continue reading

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Notes on a Murder Trial: October 9-11, 2001

In early October, 2001, with the country still stinging from the terrorist attacks of a month before, I was called for jury duty in Cook County, Illinois. Chicagoans and suburbanites know that being called for Cook County jury duty means … Continue reading

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Happy 79th Birthday to Willie Nelson!

You know how the last song of the morning commute sometimes gets stuck in your head for a couple of hours? Lucky me. Today mine is Willie Nelson’s “Pick Up the Tempo,” and it couldn’t be more appropriate on this, … Continue reading

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Hey, Illinois! Where’s the Writing?

In Illinois the 11th grade No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reporting is based on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), a standardized test regimen comprised of the ACT college admission test and a bit of weirdness called WorkKeys. Scores on … Continue reading

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Writers Week: 17 Years of “The Best Week Ever”

Back in 1995, we were mired in another boring in-service session, trying to look like we were fulfilling the mandate of the day. Then somebody—we’re not sure exactly who—wondered aloud about what it would be like to do something that … Continue reading

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