In its article on the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board election Friday, the Northwest Herald did something I have not seen done before.
It identified which candidates were endorsed by the teacher union.
In my precinct letter, I do the same, as I did on my article on the literature of those pledging to cut taxes (happy to post the literature of other candidates, if they will email it to me):
A slate of four (the FINAL FOUR on the ballot) headed by McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz, John Pletz, Raphael Kamner and Scott Vetter are running against three candidates endorsed by the District 155 teacher union.
I don’t criticize the teachers for wanting friendly Board members.
After all, who wouldn’t want friends on both sides of the union contract bargaining table. That is clearly in D155 high school teachers’ self-interest.
Everyone acts to improve their financial condition.
The average D155 salary last year was $87,363, according to the D155 2016 Educational Report Card, by the way.
Another source (Open the Books) reported 214 teachers and administrators earned over $100,000 in 2015.
The teachers’ union is supporting Ron Ludwig, Jason Blake and Nichole Pavoris.
The choice is clearly yours.
This is the first time I have seen the NWH tell its readers whom the District 155 Education Association is endorsing.