Thursday, February 10, 2011

IL Teacher, Big Labor Mouthpiece Annice Brave Mounts New Media Blitz (She's Baaack!!)

Big news on the Chicago public education front this week.

First, the Better Government Association (BGA)revealed that 14 Chicago Public School special education teachers went on an all-expense paid trip to a Las Vegas resort and spa for a conference last year. They did this on "report card day" thereby missing what one teacher called "the biggest night for teachers to talk with parents."

The BGA also reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasteful spending by Chicago School Board members including tax dollars spent on champagne costing $125 a bottle; thousands more on limousines, steak lunches and a food and liquor bill from a Soldier Field skybox event that alone cost more than $6,000.

This while the Chicago public school system labors under a $700 million budget shortfall.

While all this was coming out, Big-Labor's favorite school marm, Annice Brave, was back on the Chicago airwaves in a concentrated blitz of paid Teacher's Union ads.

They are feel-good ads designed to assure us that the disinterested, self-sacrificing members of the state's most powerful special interest lobby, are really just concerned with the well being of all the kiddies.

In the 30 second Illinois Education Association (IEA) spots, Ms. Brave cackles that teaching is "not just a job for anyone." She then spouts the standard Education unionist claptrap that "Americans are counting on us to build a great educational system," and that we "need to get teachers to the table if we want real education reform."

Brave, who pulls down almost twice the annual salary of the average family in her economically depressed Alton, Illinois district, was last omnipresent on the Chicago airwaves during the second week of January. Back then, the IEA shelled out $81k a week to put her on the air with a similar sales pitch.

The last media blitz was timed to precede the state legislative vote to hike the Illinois personal income tax.

This one is apparently timed to coincide with the further legislative deliberations on tax and fee hikes, signalled by IL House Speaker, Mike Madigan.

The educational establishment with its wildly extravagant teachers' salaries and pensions, of course, has an interest in increasing the tax burden in a state that is, for all practical purposes, broke.

Annice Brave is right. "Teaching isn't just a job for anyone."

It's a job for high-living, Vegas high-rollers.


  1.'ve been to Alton? You've met with Annice Brave and her students and parents? Really investigated your story? I'm so glad to hear that. I hope your anger has worked out for you throughout your life.

  2. I think the idea of teachers lobbying to increase their big salaries in this economy is morally wrong.

  3. As a homeschool mom, I can't even begin to tell you how much this woman's attitude disgusts me.

    Teaching should not be unionized, should not be federally controlled, and should not be paid for out of property taxes.

  4. Since Erin seems to have such keen insights into the Union spokesperson from Alton, perhaps she could tell us what Ms. Brave's thoughts are on the Teachers Union activists who just shut down the Madison WI schools for the past two days so that they could go protest the Governor's efforts to curtail their union's collective bargaining privileges. What did this have to do with the kids? With quality education? It certainly did have something to do with fat pensions and health care coverage for which WI teachers don't even have to contribute.

    What amoral scam artists these union teachers are!


Comments invited, however anonymous commentors had better deal directly with the issues raised and avoid ad hominem drivel. As for Teachers' Union seminar writers -- forget about it.