WGLT reports the ridiculous

By: Diane Benjamin https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2022-06-01/in-the-wake-of-uvalde-b-n-teachers-want-change-not-guns Corey Beirne needs to report the WGLT article as a campaign contribution. He is running for the McLean County Board and WGLT just happened to pick him for an interview him from all the teachers in the Unit 5 School District. Beirne proves he isn’t qualified to hold an elected office […]

Future Illinois teachers will be TRAINED to teach Critical Race Theory

By: Diane Benjamin Of course Illinois doesn’t call it that, we’ve seen the School Boards using alternate terms to disguise what is happening. Illinois calls it: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards In other words, we aren’t a melting pot of Americans. Kids will be educated based on the color of their skin and their […]

District 87- What rules apply?

By:  Diane Benjamin More on this story:   https://blnnews.com/2018/03/31/bhs-scoundrels-liars/ The statement below is from the BHS Student Handbook, it pertains to prohibited materials: https://www.district87.org/Domain/1755   Even if somebody does believe the BHS talking points about a student bringing in the document, how does it not violate the policy in the student handbook?  Mr. Moore? Since the […]

Want to know why Mark Tititilli was fired?

By:  Diane Benjamin The School Board and Administration aren’t talking.  Mark has too much class.  Received by FOIA – from one of his students.  I’ve got LOTS more, including a cover sheet where the FOIA officer misspelled Marc’s last name in numerous places.  If you aren’t disgusted after reading, what does it take?  Maybe look […]

Per kid: Area school spending

By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has lots of interesting information. Look at this site:  http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ Virtually every level of Illinois government is required to complete information for this site.  Schools must not be required to provide much information. Cities, towns, villages, etc enter much more. I was looking at area schools and noticed […]

Maybe Hauman and Renner can split the vote!

By:  Diane Benjamin There are people in Bloomington who don’t care what high taxes under Tari Renner are doing to the poor.  How many Bloomington residents know the City DOUBLED the amount landlords pay to register properties?  Who is hurt?  Renters – the poor.  If any members of the Council complain about high rents so […]

Spending per student for area School Districts

The following information is from the Warehouse website of Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois Comptroller http://www.warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ EAV is Estimated Assessed Value (Property) Bloomington SD 87 2011 What is the total population served/school enrollment 5,400 What is the total EAV of Bloomington $866,675,375 Total Appropriations                               […]

Niehaus & Reilly – taxpayers put them in the top 2%

by:  Diane Benjamin Earlier today I posted information from For the Good of Illinois  (http://blnnews.com/2013/10/28/4767-illinois-educators-have-retired-on-100000-or-more/) concerning teacher/administrator salaries and pensions.  Both Unit 5 and District 87 administrators made the list of top 200 in the State.  In 2012 there were 866 school districts.  How do your salary increases compare to school administrators?  I hope you […]

Incomes Have Dropped Twice as Much During the ‘Recovery’ as During the Recession

Can we afford tax increases?  Maybe somebody should tell local leaders! 9:03 AM, AUG 23, 2013 • BY JEFFREY H. ANDERSON Source:  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/incomes-have-dropped-twice-much-during-recovery-during-recession_750068.html President Obama likes to talk about income inequality, but what matters far more is the actual income of the typical American.  And how has the typical American household income fared on Obama’s watch?  Well, […]

Common Core: 3 * 4 = 11 is okay if they can explain why

July 18, 2013 By Lennie Jarratt During a Common Core Math presentation at Grayslake District 46 last night, the following was stated: But even under the new common core if even if they said 3 * 4 was 11, if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with there answer. Really […]

More on School Districts

by Diane Benjamin http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu/scripts/awards.asp?searchStr=L&awtype=E&year=2011&so=name Which area schools achieved: 2011 Academic Excellence Awards No Unit 5 Schools No Dist 87 Schools Tri-Valley Elementary Tri-Valley Middle School No Leroy schools Lexington Elementary No Heyworth Schools Olympia West Elementary Ridgeview Elementary Also See:  http://blnnews.com/2012/11/12/school-district-comparison-continued/ Also See:  http://blnnews.com/2012/11/12/school-district-comparisons/

School District comparison (continued)

by Diane Benjamin (continued from previous post) From the Illinois State Board of Education website: http://www.isbe.net/ See the chart below: Close to 50% of all 11th graders in the state are BELOW average in all 3 subjects Dist 87: 52.5% below standards in reading 57% below standards in math 58.6% below standards in science If your […]

School District comparisons

by Diane Benjamin From the Illinois State Board of Education website: http://www.isbe.net/ See the chart below: Unit 5 and District 87 have less Administrators per pupil, but the percent spent on Instruction is low. Where is the money going?  Graduations rates are way below surrounding districts. Leroy, Lexington, and Ridgeview have high pupil to admin percentages. […]

Teacher Pensions vrs Social Security

Click on the links below to see the current pensions being paid to retirees of District 87 and Unit 5. In 2009 the average HOUSEHOLD income in McLean County was $56,027  http://www.city-data.com/county/McLean_County-IL.html The average Social Check in 2012 is $1,230 or $14,760 a year  http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/13/~/average-monthly-social-security-benefit-for-a-retired-worker The pension system at ALL levels of government was set […]