AFT’s Weingarten promises a million bucks for Karen Lewis’ run for Mayor.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
  Sun-Times: The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run. “I did say privately to Karen and at our executive council meeting that…

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In Hinsdale, Tea Party takes an axe to their teachers.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Tea Party Hinsdale school board member Claudia Manley. Hey folks. Keep an eye on those local school board elections. Out in Chicago’s western suburbs the Tea Party extremists who were recently elected to the Hinsdale High School District 86 are in full battle mode over what should be normal contract bargaining.…

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Lily Eskelesen Garcia. Duncan policies are indefensible.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia and an amateur basketball player. – Salon Other than being unfair to individual teachers, does basing evaluations and school ratings on test scores hurt students too? Using test scores is basically saying to educators, “Hit your number or you get punished.” Or even worse, “Hit…

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Chicago Tonight. In the pension discussion where were the Democratic Party pension thieves?

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Carol Marin with Republican state Rep. Thomas Morrison, University of Chicago professor of law Julie Roin, and president of Illinois Federation of Teachers Dan Montgomery. I watched the pension discussion on Chicago Tonight. I’m not sure anyone who was not really invested in the issue stayed with it. It was…

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Outre’ #5

Originally posted on kentmcdanielwrites:
? Outre’ #5, cover The cover above is  from Outre #5, which ran through mailing 34 of The Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA), circa 1968. Ned Brooks, official archivist of of SFPA, was kind enough to provide it for me, along with the text below from the issue . Science-fiction fanzines then and now…

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MFA IN A Box: A WHY TO WRITE BOOK

Originally posted on kentmcdanielwrites:
MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book; John Rember; Dream of Things Press; Chicago, IL; 2013; $16.95, paperback, $4.99 e-book. Paperback available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com; e-book available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and most e-book sites. As the title promises, Author John Rember does offer cogent reasons to…

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Reading from Jimmy Stu Lives!

Originally posted on kentmcdanielwrites:
          I did a book reading last Wednseday on Chicago’s north side at Silvies, a comfy little club with two equal sides, the further of which is the music room, where I gave the reading. I’m gonna say right now that I don’t recall a better evening. People came from The…

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Review from Fenris #138

Originally posted on kentmcdanielwrites:
         Legendary zine-editor and guest of honor at last June’s Deep South Con Fiftieth Anniversary Bash, David Hulan, reviewed Jimmy Stu Lives  in the latest issue of his zine, Fenris. The review follows below: Jimmy Stu Lives!, by Kent McDaniel, TPB in print now. This comes from a small press, Penumbra Publishing in…

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Video from April, 2014

I’m posting six videos here from a recent gig at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. We had a Zoom Recorder going that night and captured these songs live, among others. Personnel on the songs are Dorothy McDaniel – bass, Alpha Stewart – percussion, John Temmerman – sax, Me – guitar. Numbers 1, 3, 5, & 6 […]

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“It’s done!” said State Representative Robyn Gabel.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
State Representative and pension thief Robyn Gabel. “It’s done!” said State Representative Robyn Gabel to the two dozen or so local representatives at the IPACE endorsement hearings this morning. She was talking about pension theft and Senate Bill 1. The words had that tone of, “Get over it. Move on.”  Like she…

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