Leaving the Teacher’s Union

By: Diane Benjamin I filed a FOIA request with Unit 5 for information they decided to redact. Transparency at Unit 5 rates close to zero. One gem was included and not redacted. I hope more teacher’s are choosing to leave the union. I redacted the name, notice this person asked for direction because the union […]

School choice would cure it faster!

By: Diane Benjamin As a graduate of ISU I am continually appalled by their lurch to the far left. Below are two examples. Both articles were in a newsletter meant to extol the great research done at ISU. Instead of common sense solutions to educating kids, both want to change how teachers teach. We know […]

What happened to local Trades and Labor?

By: Diane Benjamin The below is from the local Trades & Labor Facebook page. Of course they endorsed all left leaning candidates, but is it worse? See the Vice-President’s name at the bottom: Who is Adam Heenan? From his Facebook page: https://aeon.co/essays/is-it-time-to-upend-the-idea-that-land-is-private-property?fbclid=IwAR2yjgbJ93CXU5o6tjESVruCjQ434rPD352bLoNTP5RE8K9gts1XH3yGK9I Are all union members socialists now? Do they all agree nobody should own […]

2 candidates to avoid

By: Diane Benjamin Even though private schools and public schools like Tri-Valley are open for in-person learning, this guy doesn’t think yours should be: Your kids are going to be a year behind much of the country and the world because on-line classes don’t work. Most parents know that! Gavin is teaming up with another […]

Normal West – What I’ve been told

By: Diane Benjamin I received a tip for an impeccable source that the Assistant Principal below removed a profile file a student had on his Unit 5 computer because it contained a “thin blue line”. I’m sure you know that represents support for law enforcement. I emailed Mr. Caffey about the incident and got this […]

Good News

By: Diane Benjamin Town of Normal employees didn’t get Christmas gift cards this year. In 2017 Normal spent $25,048, in 2018 $25,040, in 2019 $23,920. https://blnnews.com/2017/11/20/sit-down-normal/ https://blnnews.com/2018/11/16/normal-taxing-again/ https://blnnews.com/2019/12/23/normal-giving-away-your-money-2/ This year is what citizens who aren’t allowed to work by their government expect: $0.00. More Good News: The far left isn’t afraid to tell you what […]

Update: Parents: Your forum

I’m going to add emailed comments at the bottom instead of posting them as a comment. By: Diane Benjamin Kids are suffering from closed schools. Parents are suffering and watching their kids fall behind. Meanwhile, Tri-Valley is holding in-person classes while Unit 5 and District 87 are closed. The Unit 5 school board had the […]

Buried by Unit 5

By: Diane Benjamin I was contacted by a citizen pertaining to the treatment of a student. The student has an IEP – Individualized Education Program. Since schools are required by law to provide an education, IEP’s are legal documents that provide rights and protections for parents and students needing special education so they can thrive […]

UPDATE: ISU’s spy software

Proving this software was a really bad idea, it was shut down because the parent company was got hacked. The hacker sent offensive emails to users, Illinois State University is mentioned in the story as using the software. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/online-proctor-service-proctortrack-disables-service-after-hack/?fbclid=IwAR2YgGX-lvEdkPSQe27J27J9xm85lI8AC5L0ncdABx-o5ASyj8G47-_a2dU The Proctortrack website has no information, it does guarantee privacy and security however. Evidently that isn’t […]

ISU is hiring: Head Divider

By: Diane Benjamin https://jobsearch.illinoisstate.edu/en-us/job/510267/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-officer These “theoretical frameworks” teach: skin color morally taints you whites have sinned against all minorities history is racist the country’s founding was illegitimate punctuality is white culture established norms attack minorities the county is fundamentally racist This is toxic training against civil society and completely absurd on it’s face. It explains […]

UPDATE: ISU Black Athletes Boycott

ISU has released a plan for social change! http://www.videtteonline.com/sports/illinois-state-releases-action-plan-for-social-change-in-response-to-athlete-boycott/article_80feef42-ebb2-11ea-a80e-db89545107d9.html?fbclid=IwAR2rk9FyaZB7wZw_nQHqTngKMG3YybfZvMkJyLLOHCN0meOpY6qeVrcoQpo ________________ By: Diane Benjamin ISU President Dietz declared ISU is a Social Justice University. https://blnnews.com/2020/06/02/dietz-social-justice-is-an-isu-priority/ Athletics Director Larry Lyons proclaimed he’s all in too: https://blnnews.com/2020/08/04/did-isus-larry-lyons-become-a-social-justice-warrior/ What neither understand is caving to progressives never ends. Hand them one victory they will want 5 more things. When they […]

The Art and Camille Taylor POLICE Reports

By:  Diane Benjamin Police reports:  The Art and Camille Taylor incident These reports were received by the Edgar County Watchdogs, they forwarded them to me.  If you missed all the previous stories these reports have the same information as the body cam videos. This story has links to all the previous stories and videos:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-3-0-the-entire-police-interview/ […]

Update: Is remote learning racist?

Don’t miss Part 2:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/29/part-2-is-remote-learning-racist/ If you believe most low income people belong to minority groups, then how can remote learning not be racist?  These are the kids being hurt the most! https://money.yahoo.com/remote-school-in-the-fall-will-hurt-lowincome-students-the-most-152333355.html Remote schooling leads to a ‘shocking’ disparity between rich and poor students Excerpts: While many school-aged children were disadvantaged and lacked the […]

ISU: When you hear from the Attorney General just plead guilty

By:  Diane Benjamin I have filed a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s office based on this meeting held by Dr. Susan Kalter, the Chair of the Academic Senate at ISU:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/16/looks-like-a-revolt-at-isu/ Part 2 was supposed to happen tonight to finish what didn’t get done last Thursday.  Tonight’s meeting has been postponed indefinitely, the […]

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 […]