Since June 6th (official date for teacher cornholing) is rapidly approaching, we at WCT have been turning the spotlight on Illinois cornholers big and small. Like dandelions and ants, ed reform cornholers seem to turn up everywhere. Let's turn the spotlight on a minor cornholer from Oak Park: Jim O'Connor!
First, though, a review of the qualities many ed reform cornholers have in common:
- Few to no years of actual teaching
- Strong aversion to due process and collective bargaining rights
- Passion for corporate lingo and funding
- Reluctance to live in the disenfranchised communities they $erve
- Need to disguise ego and financial ambition as quest for social justice
Now, a closer look at Jim O'Connor:
Actual teaching experience: 2 years of requisite resume-padding with TFA; 2 years of requisite charter ass-kissing at Noble Charter
Administrative experience: 7 years as principal at a KIPP charter, notable for high teacher turn-over, reluctance to enroll children with disabilities, avoidance of outside analysis of their data, and passion for "grit."
Current Alliance: Advance Illinois, whose mi$$ion is to "improve Illinois' persistently below-average academic performance" and to ensure that public teachers' collective bargaining and due process rights are diminished
Current "Elected" Position: Oak Park Elementary School District 97, purchased with $18,000 worth of lawn signs and junk mail funded by Washington D.C.- based Leadership for Educational Equity, a TFA cabal whose website is so boring we can't be bothered provide the link
Problem: Oak Park District 97 is 77% proficient on ISAT scores; Jim O'Connor's opportunities to $erve the disenfranchised of Oak Park will be impeded.
Solution: Jim O'Connor is advised to submit a charter proposal to CPS where there are enough vendors, kick-back artists, educational profiteers, number crunchers, media specialists and poor children available for him to enjoy a long and lucrative career.
Rock on, Jim O'Connor!