1st Public School District fights back

By:  Diane Benjamin Hutsonville School District voted unanimously last night to hire Attorney Thomas DeVore for possible litigation.  The Board opposes the “Joint Directives” issued by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that include wearing masks, temperature checks, and occupancy limits. The Edgar County Watchdogs have video of […]

Pritzker loses, he likely won’t care

By:  Diane Benjamin When it was obvious a judge in Clay County was going to rule against Pritzker’s illegal orders in favor of State Rep Darren Bailey, Pritzker tried to get the case moved to Federal Court.  That judge stalled for weeks but ruled yesterday to send it back to Clay County. A hearing date […]

Dietz: Social Justice is an ISU priority

By:  Diane Benjamin ISU President Dietz spoke at the NAACP rally.  The only video I can find is posted is on the WEEK 25 Facebook page.  Unless you are on Facebook you won’t be able to see it.  He only spoke for a few minutes.  His comments ended with ISU is committed to social justice. […]

Jenn has her own intern!

By:  Diane Benjamin The local socialists are demanding public funds be used to protect the most vulnerable in the community.  It doesn’t matter to them that government is the least effective mechanism possible.  It doesn’t matter to them local charities are working hard to help.  It also doesn’t matter the feds are going further in […]

Priorities In Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin Since a BIG part of Normal’s population is college students, the census could have a huge impact on government funding. The Town of Normal shouldn’t have to worry about the census if Illinois State University cooperates: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/modifying-2020-operations-for-counting-college-students.html Student living on campus might be counted by the university, they wouldn’t need to fill […]

Is ISU importing disease?

By:  Diane Benjamin This story raises lots of questions:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/16/corona-was-already-here-you-just-didnt-know-it/ We know ISU has students from foreign countries.  Since Illinois kids can go to college out of state for less than in Illinois, ISU actively recruits foreign students. https://illinoisstate.edu/admissions/international/ 74 countries? This is from the 2019 enrollment recap:  Fall 2019 Enrollment Report Some of those […]

What would have happened if that comment had been about Obama?

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/17/public-service-announcement-district-87/ We’ve known for a long time Martin Luther King’s vision of America is dead: Would King want people to vote for blacks only? Kiasha Henry proved King’s legacy is dead in her Facebook rant.  Replace her comment about Trump with Obama and imagine a WHITE School Board […]

Do you think kids are e-learning? Not Unit 5

By:  Diane Benjamin District 87 has a statement on their website expecting kids to E-Learn:  https://www.district87.org/Covid 19 Update Unit 5 has this statement:    https://www.unit5.org/cms/lib/IL01905100/Centricity/Domain/4/parent_letter.pdf Act of God? Evidently God isn’t banned in schools when he can be used as an excuse! District 87 uses the same terminology but they are still E-Learning anyway. I […]

Pension Millionaires

By:  Diane Benjamin The below proves yet again why you should vote NO to the Democrats Constitutional Amendment for a progressive income tax.  Pensions Pensions Pensions! Below are the top 31 pensions being collected in Illinois.  Keep in mind, these people aren’t working for a dime they are currently receive.  An organization called Taxpayers United […]

Unit 5’s Task Force Guide

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I received one more document from Unit 5.  This one calls the program Standards Based Learning and Grading. PDF page 5 shows the courses  for implementation.    SBG Task Force 2019-2020 I have to refrain from commenting on the content, I’d rather hear from parents and teachers. Please let me know […]

Unit 5 Does Comedy!

By:  Diane Benjamin On December 5th I FOIA’d Unit 5 for emails referring to Standards Based Grading.  I was told it was way to many emails and they requested I narrow the request.  I did narrow the request to emails between Dan Lamboley and the consultant  Unit 5 hired – Garnet Hillman. I also requested […]

Unit 5 forced my hand

By:  Diane Benjamin I was going to wait to post these letters until I received the Unit 5 emails.  Since I may not see them until January, I’m going to post the letters now. Standards Based Grading is making teachers, kids, and parents nuts.  It proves why your kids should not be in the Public […]

My Unit 5 present

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed this FOIA request on December 5th: I was then told the request is too voluminous, so it was narrowed to just emails between the two people mentioned. On December 21st I received this request: No, I’m not waiting a month for emails.  I then received this response: Guess what! I […]

Unit 5 indoctrinating kids with CNN

By:  Diane Benjamin I haven’t FOIA’d other school districts yet, but I’m betting this is widespread. I was contacted weeks ago by a person who’s grandson was unable to study during STUDY HALL because the teacher always had CNN10 on instead of allowing quiet time.  This was at Kingsley Junior High.  This person has watched […]

Connect Transit data appears

By:  Diane Benjamin An addendum was posted to the meeting packet for yesterday with all the “data” normally reported:  https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Meetings/Packets/ADDENDUM.pdf As reported in this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/10/21/connect-transit-data-mia/ paying customers for September was way down from previous months.  The passenger reports were missing when I did that story, so that makes this information even more fascinating. Below […]

ISU/Normal: What you are paying for

By:  Diane Benjamin On September 12, 2001 we were all Americans.  American flags lined neighborhoods.  For one day we were a united country.  It didn’t last. The citizens of Normal sponsored the Racial Equity Summit held yesterday and today: Why are some minorities wildly successful and some aren’t?  Maybe they didn’t “stand idly” waiting for […]

This explains the Divide in America

By:  Diane Benjamin This story should explain why Tari Renner despises Clarence Thomas.  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/25/tari-renner-clarence-thomas-doesnt-act-afro-american/ Thomas is black and successful.  Clarence proves being born poor and black in America does not mean you are doomed for life.  The same applies to Ben Carson and many other minorities who are living the American Dream because they worked […]

Still paying dues to the NEA?

Wait Till You See What the National Education Association Is Up To Read these “New Business Items” just passed by the NEA, and see if you believe the NEA honors its Code of Ethics: “The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. […]

Why I asked about high school

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/07/11/question-for-parents-of-high-school-kids-or-recent-grads/ The Federal deficit is closing in on $22.5 Trillion.  That debt is unsustainable and will destroy future generations.  With that in mind, besides providing funding for empty buses, here’s another questionable program from the Feds. The Unit 5 FOIA officer told me the Feds reimburse expenses for […]

Unit 5 EATS

By:  Diane Benjamin This pic is everything I received from Unit 5 – except the MarK Daniel charges I posted earlier today. The short stack in front are statements I found nothing interesting on.  (Not many of them!) The large stack on the back left is 5 months of charges not included below.  I have […]

District 87: How about some current spending?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are the charges made in April and May 2019 – by person.  I’m going to dissect each one. Sam’s Club – no receipt Lowes:   The receipt is labeled “Skills USA”.  It includes Sales Tax of $33.92. Home Depot:  $598, the receipt doesn’t say what the “miter” equipment is for.  No sales. […]

District 87: July was FOOD month

By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA:  08-2017 The Walmart charges are for 48 of these, no mention of who is using them or why they were bought separately.  The other highlighted items are for eclipse glasses.   All of the below are food receipts – some not itemized.  Legally, all receipts must state the purpose of […]