• Reminders

  • HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings listed below. Meetings start at 9:30 AM. All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions. Dates as follows:

    • April 28
    • May 12 (TBD)
    • June 23 (TBD)
  • For information, contact HCAFA President Robert Allare at hcafapresident@gmail.com Unfortunately, our local Illinois Education Association office in Palatine is closed due to the pandemic, but messages (847.359.0300) are forwarded to us. For an emergency situation, you may contact the HCAFA President via email (hcafapresident@gmail.com) or IEA's central office in Springfield at https://ieanea.org/ieaconnect/ for telephone and live chat during their limited weekday hours as well as the email option. 

A Message from IEA President Ken Swanson


I wanted you to be aware of something that has been happening
on the IEA website and the IEA facebook page over the last 36 hours.

It seems many people were outraged by Thursday's front page story
in the Chicago Tribune on teacher salaries in some
Chicago area districts.  From the first
sentence of the article, it was apparent that this
was another education-bashing Trib editorial,
thinly disguised as a news story.
I was interviewed at length for the article, yet
my comments were mostly ignored.
The article can be found here:  http://bit.ly/b0yrP8

In reaction to that, a satirical post to the IEA Website
Newswatch Blog was made early Friday, announcing
a break up with the Tribune.
That can be found here: http://bit.ly/cWPliK

The reaction has been overwhelming and unprecedented,
with more than 800 "hits" on the Website on that topic along with
dozens of comments and statements of
support on both the IEA website and the IEA facebook page.

The next step is being taken now.  I have posted a letter
to the Website/facebook page containing
 my subscription cancellation letter to the Tribune.
You can see that post and letter here:  http://bit.ly/aHsa9C

It is clear that the members and other supporters of public
education have had enough.  The Tribune is pursuing its
editorial board's agenda on the news pages of the paper.
That's just wrong.  Folks, we are under attack by a paper
that is both journalistically and financially bankrupt.

We are fighting back.

I hope you will help me get the word out that
we are standing up for education by saying goodbye
to the Chicago Tribune.



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