By: Diane Benjamin
Unit 5 has two unions. One is teachers – UFEA, the other is for professional staff – UFSPA.
Both recommended three candidates for the Unit 5 School Board in the April 2021 election. They got two of the three elected: Stan Gozur and Kentrica Coleman.
From their websites:
In 2023 FOUR seats are up for election. That is enough seats to take over the board. Start thinking about running NOW.
The NEA, which Unit 5 union teachers are affiliated with, has pledged to teach Critical Race Theory even where legislatures have made it illegal. They also support Black Lives Matter, a self defined Marxist organization. Unit 5 can claim they don’t teach CRT, but some teachers will be.
You can see the Teacher’s Union contract here: https://ufea.org/contract/
93 pages long! Do you realize the School Board negotiates the contract and sends the bill to taxpayers?
Remember this pension story? https://blnnews.com/2021/07/21/top-local-monthly-pensions/
Normal’s former City Manager, Mark Peterson is showed receiving less pension for 2020 than previous years. I FOIA’d IMRF for an explanation. Peterson opted for an optional pension when he retired from Normal:
He can collect Social Security at 62. Mark probably thought living on just his monthly pension would be too difficult, so he inflated it until he could get SS.