IEA President, Cinda Klickna

Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna

The email uncovered by the Chicago Tribune confirmed what many of us thought, and feared, about what Governor Rauner actually thinks about teachers.

What Bruce Rauner wrote about the hard-working teachers of our state’s largest public school system, who contend daily with some of Illinois’ most difficult teaching and learning conditions, makes clear that what he says in public has little to do with that he really believes about public schools and teachers statewide.

As everyone knows, to become a teacher one must obtain college degrees and pass tests. To call working teachers “illiterate” denigrates the people who work to educate students.

As a classroom teacher, I always told my students that what we say when we think no one is listening reveals a lot about the true nature and feelings of the speaker. The email, as disgraceful as it is, reveals a lot about the state of mind of Bruce Rauner. His actions since the election suggest that while his rhetoric has changed, his actual beliefs about teachers and public schools have not.