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Champions For Family Empowerment

In the first year of Illinois’ opportunity scholarship program, 7,000 students received financial aid to go to a private school. There are still 43,000 families on the waiting list seeking a better education for their children. President of Empower IL, Myles Mendoza and Executive Vice President of 50 Can, Derrel Bradford join Dan and Amy to discuss how you can help these families and how you benefit by donating to the program.

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The Resurrection Of Socialism

With our current economy thriving, why is there a revival of socialism? Why does the current generation strongly believe in a system that is widely known for failing? Are we reaping the consequences of handing over the education system to the left? WSJ columnist, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Empowering Families

How did the opportunity scholarship program, the one bright spot in Illinois government, survive despite Gov. Pritzker’s repeated promises to end the program? Why would politicians want to end a program that provides low income families with scholarships to attend the school of their choice instead of their local failing school? How does this program also help students with developmental disabilities? Father John Belmonte, Superintendent of the Joliet Catholic Schools, and Juan Rangel, strategy director for Empower Illinois, join Dan and Amy to discuss Illinois’ opportunity scholarship program.

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Girls Competing Against Biological Males

What is the argument on behalf of young female athletes who do not want to compete against biological males? What has the backlash been like for the female athlete who willingly put her name on the lawsuit to question the “fairness” of having men compete in women’s high school sports? Legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, Denise Harle joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Gender Politics For First Graders

Why is gender politics part of the curriculum for first graders? How did children in onr classroom react when their teacher told them boys and girls are not real? What is one parent doing now after her school defended this sort of “education?” Mother of two daughters at the school, Pam Buffone joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Gender Inclusive Puberty Guide

Should puberty be gender inclusive? Are schools guiding children through puberty based on feelings rather than scientific and biological facts? Why won’t people let research be done to see the consequences of the trans ideology? Catholic Women's Forum Director, Mary Rice Hasson joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Finalizing Trade Deal With China

Are we finally going to reach a trade deal with China? Is Trump going to keep the current 10% tariff on China? Is underfunding education the basis of all Illinois’ problems? What about a potential new high speed rail in Illinois for a small price of $2 billion? Chief Economist for CNN, Steve Moore joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Closing Down Success

Why is CPS closing a school with a 100% college acceptance rate that serves underprivileged black students? Is there an ideological opposition in Chicago politics that is against charter schools existing at all? Out of all the problems in Chicago and CPS, Urban Prep is the school that has a target on its back? Urban Prep Academies' Founder, Tim King, joins Dan and Amy to discuss. For more info on how to keep Urban Prep’s doors open visit keepupwest.org.

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Cultural Marxists’ Takeover Of Black History Month

How are schools celebrating Black History Month? Are students learning the inspirational stories of Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, or Bob Woodson? No. Instead, administrators are espousing the intellectually dishonest ideas from black lives matter groups. Are any parents willing to suggest alternative viewpoints to the cultural marxists running their children’s curriculum? Dan and Amy discuss.

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The Pathway To Economic Opportunity

Is school choice the pathway to opportunity for those in underprivileged communities? Is the educational establishment the worst enemy of black people? Is there plenty of money out there but in the wrong hands as Mayor De Blasio claims? Professor of economics at George Mason University, Walter Williams joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Exclusive: Paul Vallas On Taxes, Crime, And CPS

Is the upcoming mayoral election a paradigm-shift or personality contest? Why hasn’t the CPS sex abuse scandal received more public attention? What’s his detailed plan to revamp the police force? What are his thoughts on expanding school choice in the city? Paul Vallas joins Dan and Amy to discuss his candidacy.

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Harvard And NYC Discriminating Against Asian Americans

Harvard admissions officers and other post-modernist, cultural Marxist, Leftist bigots like New York City’s Mayor De Blasio, have categorized Asian-Americans as academic oppressors. Are big city mayors like De Blasio scapegoating Asian Americans for their failure to educate other minority groups? Yukong Zhao, President of the Asian-American Coalition for Education, joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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What We Learned From The Walkouts

The main thing we learned from the 3,000+ school walkouts that occurred and those already being planned for April 20 is who is in charge of K-12 education in America.

And that should frighten you more than your average 18-year-old with a rifle or a violent video game.

Those pillaging America’s schools like Malcolm McDowell and his droogs in “A Clockwork Orange” are in charge of our schools not attending them.

It’s zero tolerance on the one hand and tolerance of everything including thuggery on the other.

If you’re a white kid who scrawls the square root sign evoking a gun on a math assignment, they bring in Jack Bauer and put him on the clock.

If you’re a minority kid, say in Parkland, Florida, you can threaten to shoot up your school and no one will say anything. Under the guise of racial equity, schools are moving to remove disciplinary consequences for certain students and take discretion away from law enforcement in the process.

Neither are teachers immune from the imposition of Leftist orthodoxy. Just ask the California teacher put on administrative leave for hazarding a thoughtful discussion with her class about the politics of protests ahead of the walkout.

With the politics being pushed on their kids, now is a good time for more parents to wake up and walk into their kids’ schools for a healthy stop, look and listen.

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Transforming K-12 Education In Illinois

Due to the new tax credit scholarship program signed into law, families in Illinois who are not wealthy or politically connected are no longer stuck in a school district that does not serve the educational needs of their children. In honor of National School Choice Week, Dan and Amy are joined by Myles Mendoza of Empower Illinois to explain the tax credit scholarship program and how to donate, who is eligible to receive the scholarships, and the progress the organization has made thus far. For more information visit empowerillinois.org.

Proft: Top o' the morning, Dan and Amy. It's National School Choice Week, Amy! Jacobson: That's why you should be wearing your hat! Proft: Why? What does my hat have to do with it. Jacobson: You gotta show people who are watching on the web. You came in today with a fancy-shmancy hat! You got rid of the Bennett jersey, and now... Proft: It's a...y'know...felt fedora that I've had for 25 years. My friend...thank you for asking...my friend I went to high school with, Graham Thompson, he runs Optimo Hats, it's...they've got a shop at 102nd and Western, and he's also got a shop at the Monadnock Building. Jacobson: The Ma-Knock-Knock...oh yeah! Proft: Next to Union Lake Park. Jacobson: So it's very high brow... Proft: You thought I was referring to the Alabama quarterback. It's very tough to keep them... Jacobson: Tua-ma-ga-wa-ma-ga-nah! Proft: So, he makes, like, fine hats! He makes hats for movies... Jacobson: Oh really? Proft: Yeah, he's a really good hat maker. Jacobson: Can I borrow it? Can I borrow...your hat? Proft: No. Jacobson: Uh! So rude. Can I SEE your hat? Proft: Yeah, we'll get to my hat...it's National School Choice Week! Jacobson: Oh that's right! Proft: I'm tryin' to stick on the topic here. We're tryin' to... Jacobson: We're in the throes of selective enrollment right now. Proft: ...oh, for Peyton and Eli? Jacobson: Well, for Eli. Peyton... Proft: Oh, right right. He's got a year. Jacobson: It's a little dicey. He likes Jones Prep, Whitney Young, and Lane Tech. Proft: Hmmm. Alright. Well, someone's gonna have to... Jacobson: And they all have ups and downs. Proft: And people think that school choice doesn't occur in the selective enrollment...you're gonna have to find somebody to...maybe write a big check to one of those schools' foundations... Jacobson: That's what makes me so sick... Proft: Or talk to one of the feudal lords in your...in your circle. Jacobson: Well yeah, and we live in Tier Four...well his dad lives in Tier Three, people that live in Tier Four, that are in Section 8 Housing, I mean, they're screwed. They have NO chance. They're going to their local high school. Proft: Thus the importance of K-12 scholarships! And thanks to a consortium of folks, we've talked about this at length when it happen, an interesting and broad coalition of supporters...he actually got tax credit scholarships passed in Illinois, talking about $100 million a year for the next five years...half a billion dollars, if the money is raised, that can go to provide scholarships for children who aren't wealthy, or aren't politically connected, but have the chops to have access to better schools so they can get a better education so they can chart a course for a better life, and that's a good thing. And one of the individuals who has been at the tip of the spear on this is Myles Mendoza. He is with Empower Illinois. And it's one thing to pass legislation..."Yay, we passed legislation!" Then comes the implementation phase, and that's not sexy... Jacobson: ...then comes the work. Proft: Yeah, and that doesn't generate headlines. But one of the component parts of getting this scholarship program up and running so people can donate and scholarships can be granted is to build these scholarship-granting organizations, that can accept the money...are potentially recognized as providers of scholarship funds, so parents know where to apply to get scholarship funds. And this is what Myles Mendoza...the infrastructure he has been building. Myles Mendoza, Empower Illinois, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Mendoza: Good morning, Dan. Good morning, Amy. Proft: Good morning. So just kind of give us the state of play. I know there's kind of a lot of technical details to putting all this together. But the Empower Illinois Scholarship Granting...Ombudsman, of some sorts, and this is where people should look if they want to donate, and this is where people should look if they want to apply for scholarships for their children? Mendoza: Correct. Dan, I would back up just a minute to the beginning part of the segment. You talked about the broad consortium of individuals that led to the passage of this law. Your listeners should all know that YOU were a big part of that consortium and everybody should be grateful... Proft: Well... Mendoza: ...to YOU for having this law in place. *As Mendoza is saying this, Jacobson is doing arm gestures like "Bow to the King" towards Proft* Proft: Well hold on a second, I want to give...I want to hear...I want to give Amy just a second to express her gratitude. Jacobson: I'm sorry, just...I very much appreciate the fine work you do, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Just like Oprah! Proft: Alright, moving on. We can continue now....yes! Jacobson: At the Golden Globes! Proft: Alright Myles, I'm sorry, go ahead. Mendoza: Okay, so you know, you're right, the implementation phase is now, that is the tough part. So, when the law passed, all the schools that were out there, whether they be in the "Tippy South" of Southern Illinois or Rockford, Chicago, you name it, they find themselves struggling with it, with the complications of all the compliance, cybersecurity, all the kind of things that go into this. And we all kind of banded together and created Empower Illinois. So Empower Illinois represents 85% of the schools statewide, and what it does essentially is it serves like a PayPal of scholarship granting. It allows all those schools to go ahead and raise money, under the compliance with the law, and then it also allows children to apply for those scholarships, either at their locations, or it allows them to apply at other places. Jacobson: Well, how many scholarships are available per school? And will there be scholarships available at, say, Walter Payton Prep, or Northside Prep, or at Lane Tech? Mendoza: Yes, I'm hearing about your struggle to get into selective enrollment schools, the great news for all those Section 8 kids you referred to...they now have a chance to extend that list. So no, the scholarship doesn't apply to Magnet schools, but it does apply to any qualified private school. So if you're recognized by the State of Illinois, a private school, you're participating in the program, that is now an option for all those kids. Proft: Oh and by the way, comparing it to PayPal as opposed to an Ombudsman is a much easier and better comparison. That's why Myles is in charge of Empower Illinois and not me. So for...$100 million is the annual cap, so where are we in the money raised, and how can people who, particularly in light of tax reform in a high-tax blue state like Illinois, what that's doing...people who want to maybe find some tax relief through philanthropic giving like to this tax-run scholarship program, where is it at and how can people get involved that they want to participate to help finance these scholarships? Mendoza: Right. There are two parts to this program; one is donating, the other is scholarships. So, for the donating, the best thing to do is to go to EmpowerIllinois.org, we have all the instructions and details, it's a little complicated, first you have to register with the Department of Revenue to become qualified to give, and then roughly ten days later, you get a code in the mail, and you enter that code back at Department of Revenue, you reserve a credit, and then you donate to EmpowerIllinois.org. The state has $100 million in credits, they're divvied up in five regions. Right now...and it's amazing, within days, we've raised $40 million...or pledged, $40 million in credits to the state out of that hundred. Proft: Wow, that's great. Mendoza: Empower Illinois is lucky to have $30 million of that. Proft: Wow...that's great. So, we're doing well! Jacobson: We're doing good, we're cookin'! Proft: They're picking it up and putting down, yeah! Mendoza: Moving fast! Proft: And so... Mendoza: And the... Proft: Oh, I'm sorry, go ahead. Just the...the scholarships piece of this. Mendoza: ...yeah, go...go ahead, Dan. Proft: No, no, I mean finish your thought that you were...the donating, and the scholarship granting, so talk about the scholarship granting. Mendoza: Yeah, when I...first there's one more word on the credits, because it's divvied up in five regions, it might LOOK like there's $60 million left...but Cook County only gets $50 million, and Cook County is moving the fastest. So those credits are going to be gone very very fast, even if the other regions of the state might take a little longer to get there. Jacobson: And is the process laborious? Because I remember applying for Pell Grants and everything...is it difficult? Mendoza: So we're working to make it as easy as possible, and each scholarship granting or decision has a different start time. For example, High Sight...it's HighSight.org, their application is available now for students. Ours goes available on the 24th of January, and parents just need to bring with proof of income, and some kind of verification of their identity, and address, residency. Proft: Remind us of the qualifications, of the income level qualifications and to kind of just generally speaking what the scholarship provides for those who qualify, so people can understand how much prospective tuition would be covered. Mendoza: Yeah, so it depends upon your household situation, but the roughest explanation is a family of four can earn up to $73K, the scholarships range depending upon your income or your special needs. But at baseline, for those at the lowest level, poverty...it can be up to $13K in the scholarship. If you're low income and Gifted, it can be 1.1x that amount. We also go up to $26K for students who have special education needs and have an IEP. *Individualized Education Program, not explained on air* Proft: So you're talking...yeah, I just want to emphasize this point, because I think sometimes people hear scholarships and think "Oh, it's gonna be a portion, I'm still gonna have to come up with cash that I don't know where I'm gonna get!" I mean, the scholarship levels you're talking about here are...you can send your kid to Ignatius! I mean... Mendoza: This is a game changer, yeah. We wanted to create a market, Dan. If it didn't do that, it wasn't worth it. Jacobson: Well...I don't know if I make too much money to apply! Proft: Well, the fact that CPS sent you a Link Card application would suggest you don't... Jacobson: Well that's just because my kids have a Hispanic last name! Proft: Yeah, I know I know, I'm kidding. So just in terms of kind of navigating this, if people go to the Empower Illinois website, is this kind of all laid out, so people can kind of...on the donor side, on the scholarship side, they can kind of figure out how to get to where they want to go? Mendoza: Yeah...there's really THREE sections, we really shouldn't forget about the third. If you're a school...or school leader...and you want to participate under the EmpowerIllinois.org Umbrella...you've gotta register your school to participate. Donors have a section, they can figure out how to make that donation. And then there's a section for students and parents to figure out how to apply. Proft: What about donor latitude, with respect to the program generally or the school specifically, how does that work? Mendoza: Yeah, there are two groups of donors. There are individual donors, and they can designate to the school of their choice, within their region, or if they want to donate to different regions, they can do that too, a little more complicated process. And then corporations make an undesignated donation. What that means is that they donate to a pot of money, any student to go to any school anywhere. So we're kind of covering both grounds. We want to make sure that we get the alma maters and the donors with allegiance to schools, but then we also cover the kids in the schools that don't have a historical donor base. Proft: And where does this go? The comparison I've made on this show recently is to what Florida has done, with a similar program over the course of the last 15 years or so, and you know, in terms of the outcome here...how many kids can be helped by these scholarships within the strictures of the passage that was signed into law last year, and frankly, and we've talked on this show, the positive results from Florida for those kids who have gotten such scholarships? Mendoza: Yeah so...I like to look at it, you know, in terms of kids. So, there are a lot of kids out there with unique needs. They might be bullied at a school and don't have a way out, and now they have a new option. They may have special education needs, and then resorted to having an attorney try to figure out how to get their educational option that they need, now they also have an option. So our goal is to make sure we hit all those kids. We have 15K scholarships that are available in Illinois TODAY. Just to look at Florida, Florida started off with a $50M program, that's half of where we are, and they got themselves up to where they are today, which is $650M program. But really it all depends upon schools locally taking ownership, becoming empowered to make this THEIR law, for parents to make this THEIR scholarship, and everybody working to make sure they fight for it. Proft: Yeah well, we're talking about tens of thousands of children and families that are going to be assisted in the process. Good stuff! Myles Mendoza, the boss over there at Empower Illinois...and the website again, Myles? Mendoza: EmpowerIllinois.org, and Dan, thank you one more time for all you did in getting this law to be a reality. Proft: My pleasure. Myles Mendoza, Empower Illinois, thanks so much for joining us, appreciate it. Mendoza: Okay, thank you. Jacobson: I'm on the website right now! Proft: Application will be done by the end of the show! Jacobson: Yeah, we'll see how it goes...and Myles joined us on our Turnkey Dot Pro Answer Line.

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Successful After School Chess Program In Englewood

Although he’s no longer a member of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, Joseph Ocol has made tremendous strides for his students through his chess program. Not only are student test scores up at Earle STEM Academy in the southside Englewood neighborhood, but the school also has a near perfect attendance record. Ocol says, “My main goal is to make them better persons so that they can contribute to the world.” Joseph Ocol joins Dan and Amy to discuss the successes of his students and what resources they still need.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. So a couple years we took notice of the story of a teacher and chess coach, Joseph Ocol who teaches at the Earle STEM Academy in Englewood on Chicago’s South Side. And he started a chess program there, and for starting a chess program there he drew the ire of his fellow faculty members… Jacobson: Well, because they had a one-day...like a furlough day? And he didn’t take it, because he wanted to be with his kids. And he was expelled from the Union. Yeah, I don’t know if he’s back in, or out, or what’s going on. Proft: Targeted for elimination by Karen Lewis, and her friends there… Jacobson: Yeah, for not joining the one-day strike. Proft: The red-shirts, as they are. But Ocol has kept on, and continued coaching that chess team, and great effect. Back this Spring, the US Chess Federation Supernaturals...Super Nationals, excuse me, tournament in Nashville, largest chess tournament in history, hundreds of schools, 6000 students competing from around the country. Earle STEM Academy won THREE Super Nationals trophies, one team and two individual. One of his champions is as young as, I think, third grade. So it’s really an amazing story, an underreported story, I guess but he’s not locked up and walking with the Teachers’ Union, he’s focused on, I don’t know, teaching chess and imparting wisdom and intellectual curiosity and strategic thinking into kids, which I thought as a teacher is what you’re supposed to do, but anyway. But for more on where the chess team stands and where things are standing generally speaking at Earle STEM, we’re pleased to be joined once again by Joseph Ocol, Joseph thanks so much for joining us, appreciate it. Ocol: Hi, good morning Dan. Good morning, Amy. Good morning, Chicago. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to be on your station. Proft: So...oh, no. It’s a pleasure to circle back with you. So, I mentioned how well your team did at the tournament back in May. Tell us how things are going otherwise with the chess team, the program there at Earle STEM, and the kids. Ocol: We’re continuing with the program, in fact I have more kids this year and a lot of younger kids. I have Pre-K kids who have joined the chess team, I have kindergarten kids, I have a lot of younger kids this year. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to compete in the incoming national tournament, which would be next month, and I’m proud to say that our school has also become a Level-One school with almost perfect attendance, the number of our kids. Jacobson: Oh...almost makes me want to cry… Ocol: And last Saturday, our kids won three first-place trophies in the Chicago Latino Chess Championship at the Chicago Public Library, Lozano Branch. We just want to compete, I just want the kids to keep on competing, give them the chance to compete, we’re not seeking 4PP, though we would appreciate the opportunity, and for them to be able to shine, because give them the opportunity to shine, they will shine. Jacobson: Well, I know CPS is strapped for cash… Proft: *sarcastically* Oh, yeah! Jacobson: ...and it’s hard to have extracurricular activities… Proft: *still sarcastically* ...strapped for cash… Jacobson: ...so, how are you surviving? Do you have fundraisers, or is there a place that we can go to help you? Ocol: Yeah, we’re doing fundraising, and we welcome any opportunity for help. We’re not complaining, I’m not complaining, just want to do what I can do as a teacher. And with regard to the Union, I’m no longer a member of the Union, I was kicked out of the Union, but I have no regrets as long as I’ve done my part for the kids. Jacobson: So even years later, they wouldn’t let you back in the Union? Proft: Why would he even want to go back? Ocol: Well, I’m...I’m still not a member… Proft: *sarcastically* Yeah, and I’m sure you just miss them terribly. Ocol: Oh no I do...I do not. Proft: *laughing* Oh no, I know! I know you don’t! I got that. Jacobson: The thing is, do they still take your union dues? Ocol: Yes, they still take my union dues. Proft: Yeah, sure…*sarcastically* “their fair share”. For not… Jacobson: Only in Illinois… Proft: Well no… Jacobson: Hopefully not for much longer? Proft: Yeah, the Janis case next year may change that. But Joseph, how is the school in terms of supporting the kids in your program? Ocol: Oh, the school has been supportive, as well as Chicago Public Schools. I’m not complaining, I’m just doing what I can to campaign for funds to help the kids whatever way I can. Proft: And do you have any Gary Kasparov’s...any budding Gary Kasparov’s in your crew? Are we gonna see somebody, are we going to see some international chess master taking on...I don’t know, Big Blue or something? Ocol: I have a number of potentials, including Tamiya...Tamiya Folks. She’s our top player, but this is her last year. She’s being...she’s applying at Whitney Young, hoping she’ll be accepted, she’ll have to take the test anyway next month. But we’re trying to train some more kids. But my program also entails for graduates, those who are in high school, to come back and mentor other kids. And that’s what we’re trying to do, and I have six former Earle students, already in high school, they come every now and then to mentor other kids. Jacobson: How wonderful… Proft: How do you see other kids change through their participation in your chess program? Ocol: Big change. You know, first of all, 90% of our kids are below poverty level. So this Englewood, you know we’re trying to improve their concept and lives, and we try to get them to be in the school, after school, to see some other opportunities. So my goal and my mission is to make sure that they become productive citizens of the world, and that’s my main goal. It’s not about winning, it’s just to change them, to become better persons, to be able to contribute to the world… Jacobson: And it’s sad to say...it’s sad to say that they’re safer inside than being on the streets...correct? Ocol: Yes, yes. 4 to 6pm, that’s the time when we have the chess program, Monday...Monday to Friday. And Saturdays we compete, we try to compete, certain tournaments that don’t charge registration fees. Proft: Has this...has the success of your program there at Earle STEM spawned other schools to start chess programs? Ocol: I believe so. We have more schools now having chess programs, and we have more competitors now, welcome competitors. Because the kids would like to compete, and we like the opportunity to be able to compete. And not just at Englewood, not just in Chicago, not just in Illinois, but nationwide. Jacobson: And you said attendance is up? I mean, have more people enrolled and they’re staying in school and they want to be there because of the chess program? Ocol: I believe so because we just became...we’ve just become a Level One School. Our school has just become Level One. And one of the factors there is the attendance...the just about perfect attendance of our kids, as well as the high scores in their NWA. You know, chess gives one the chance to develop the critical thinking skills...that’s the least expensive of all activities, and yet it’s one of the most effective in the developing of critical thinking skills in kids. Proft: Well, don’t be afraid to tell your kids to sweep the leg, if they need to, in a tough match. He is Joseph Ocol, teacher, chess coach at Earle STEM Academy in Englewood, Joseph thanks...congratulations first of all for the success of your kids and that program there, it’s great to see what you’re doing for those kids and what they’re accomplishing under your tutelage, and continued success there. And we’ll continue to keep track of you and spread the word, so people can continue to support the program. Ocol: Thank you, Dan. I just want to take this opportunity also if there are computers...even if they are used computers, it would be a big help to us. Because we have a program now where the kids are able to compete online, it will save us also on travel cost… Proft: Computers...okay… Ocol: So we just want to request if there are donors for computers, it would be a big help to our...to our program. Proft: And if someone wants to make a donation for the acquisition of those computers or donate those computers...Earle STEM Academy, Joseph Ocol, O-C-O-L, is the chess coach...is there any other information you want to provide? Ocol: Umm, no. Just the players...will be competing next month, we hope to be competing next month in the national tournament...next month...and also this coming February there’s a state tournament. So we’re hoping to get some funding for the kids to compete. You know, just to give them the chance...for the opportunity to compete. And I know they will shine, just the opportunity to shine, and they will shine. Proft: Yeah. Jacobson: Well, bless you. Proft: I could, I mean look Joseph, I just recently acquired a 5th and 6th grade girls volleyball team, over at Blaine, so I’m in the market to do more acquisitions in other realms, and CPS, and maybe this will be one. So Joseph Ocol, thanks so much for joining us, continued success, congratulations on the success you’ve already achieved, as well as your kids. Appreciate it. Ocol: Thank you Dan. Thank you Amy. Thank you Chicago.

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