The February 2016 Issue of Substance

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MEDIA WATCH: Sun Times and Tribune ignore letter to the editor from Jay Rehak, award winning teacher and President of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund... while regularly publishing right wing propaganda....

[Editor's Note: The following is an example of how both of Chicago's major newspapers censors powerful voices, while regularly publishing the propaganda of the right wing. During the time since the following letter to the . . .


LABOR BEAT: How Little Village protests thwarted 'co-location' plans by CPS...

A new Labor Beat video, "Little Village Stands Up To the CPS Bully" will be aired this week on Labor Beat and is also available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/cM3XXUSEJLU. The video shows the fight against . . .


CPS paid a debt 'penalty' higher than Puerto Rico... Bloomberg News reports on Chicago's struggles, CPS mismanagement...

Not everyone subscribes to The Bond Buyer, or to Bloomberg Business Week, but it's safe to say "The Whole World is Watching" as Chicago Public Schools plunges deeper into debt behind the radical corporate "reforms" . . .


MEDIA WATCH: How can you oppose 'guns' and 'violence' for decades and not notice the drug gangs on the blocks around St. Sabina's?... Let's take a hard look at the Pfleger Pflag Pflap and the media and Hollywood hacks who promote his phony hero narrative...

Whether anyone believes that Chicago's media hound Catholic priest, Father Michael Pfleger, really "forgot" and had the Chi-Raq flag flying at full staff when he had his staff lower the American flag to half staff, . . .


Billionaires coalition pleased with Oxfam report, look for more progress in amassing wealth...

Reacting to the news from Oxfam that the richest 62 billionaires are worth as much as half the world's population, a coalition of the top five billionaires announced today that they were pleased with their . . .


Chicago Teachers Union joins other groups for Northwest Side forum on the current situation in Chicago education... Tuesday, February 9 at the Irving Park Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m....

This coming Tuesday, the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board are hosting a community forum on the state of the CTU contract and education justice in Chicago.

The . . .


'No confidence' statement by Chicago's professors, other faculty... City Colleges Board reluctantly hears the bad news from its own faculty...

The Feb. 4, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors of City Colleges of Chicago had got wind that a statement of no confidence in CCC Chancellor Cheryl Hyman would be presented by the faculty. . . .


Mass rally from Bank of America to Chicago's City Hall on February 4, 2016...

The Chicago Teachers Union and its allies will do a mass rally, march, and rally from the Bank of America building on Clark St. to Chicago's City Hall after school on February 4, 2016. The . . .


'Truth for America' will stand against 'Teach for America' on the organization's 25th anniversary...

As Teacher for America plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary, a growing national movement is planning to challenge all the lies and hypocrisies of TFA with a new program: "Truth for America." As TFA approaches . . .


Gangs fights increasing in Chicago's schools, while CPS 'security' is deployed elsewhere and CTU ignores growing danger to union members...

With Chicago's murders for January 2016 at an all-time high, leaders of Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union are ignoring the radical increase in gang fights in Chicago's real public schools. By Friday, . . .


Criticisms of proposed contract grow as teachers learn more about what's behind the highly publicized 'Tentative Agreement'...

By the time the "special meeting" of CORE (the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, of which this reporter is a founding members and lifetime member) had ended late in the afternoon of January 31, . . .


Catalyst: Well subsidized propagandists for corporate 'school reform'... Haider's promotion of a School Finance Authority is consistent with his long career as a corporate 'reform' leaders...

Whether it's finding a "teacher" (who hasn't been teaching for too long) to praise charters schools' scripted and militarized versions of instruction or locating an "expert" who is far from neutral to spout the corporate . . .


Anti-censorship bill for high school journalists introduced in Illinois by Rep. Will Guzzardi... 'House Bill 5902 will ensure that our young journalists are prepared for careers in media and public life...'

In order to give greater First Amendment protection to high school student journalists and allow them to exercise their freedom of speech and of the press in school, Democratic Rep. Will Guzzardi introduced House Bill . . .


LABOR BEAT: CTA fires union steward Erek Slater for enforcing the union contract!... 'An attack on one is an attack on us all!'...

Labor Beat has produced a new video, "CTA Fires Union Steward for Defending The Contract," depicting how the Chicago Transit Authority, still following the management philosophies of former chief Forrest Claypool, continues union busting if . . .


Sanders, Socialism win New Hampshire Democratic Party primary while the American Federation of Teachers continues its un-democratic backing of HIllary Clinton...

More than three million American teachers and other workers in the nation's public schools will be reading this morning, February 10, 2016, that U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (and Democratic Socialism) won a decisive victory in . . .


The forest of lies in Claypool's claims serves only his masters, Rahm and Rauner, while ignoring Reality...Principals, teachers, students and others demand to know who wrote the silly 'Dear Families' message that they were asked to distribute across Chicago in early February 2016...

From time to time newspaper editors fact check Op Eds, even those submitted by powerful and highly paid government officials. Had the Chicago Sun-Times bothered to consult with its own reporters, it would have been . . .


More challenges to Chicago City Colleges chief Cheryl Hyman... 'The Peoples College' versus corporate Chicago... 'Chancellor Hyman, why have you been so unwilling to talk with us, given that we are your number one contact with students?'...

After waiting for nearly two hours at its Feb. 4, 2016 meeting, while the City Colleges of Chicago board heard speeches praising Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and the "reinvention", two faculty members finally got a chance . . .


'Rahm starving schools to feed the rich!' proclaimed on banners, signs... Chicago Teachers Union, allies march against continued Rahm and banks ripping off the public schools...

At least 2,000 and perhaps as many as 3,000 Chicago public school teachers and hundreds of their allies marched in defense of the city's public schools on February 4, 2016. The march included teachers, PSRPs, . . .


Claypool's patronage cronyism yields an executive 'team' experienced in buses and subways, not schools... 'Pants on fire'?...While crying poverty, Forrest Claypool has actually preserved a huge part of the CPS bureaucracy and expanded his own private army of cronies, consultants, contractors...

For more than 40 years, Substance has been checking the facts behind the claims of CPS officials. Examples of mendacity in high places abound -- and have always abounded -- but seldom in all that . . .


ANALYSIS: Rahm declares war on Chicago teachers... 'This time, the CTU's struggle is likely be longer and harder. Emanuel and his wealthy backers are as determined as ever to push the cost of the financial crisis onto teachers and the public schools,..'

[Editor's Note: The following analysis of recent events in the Chicago and in the Chicago Teachers Union originally was published by Socialist Worker and is reprinted here with permission. Anthony is a Chicago Public Schools . . .


Rauner's 'crazy' notions get headlines, but ISBE orders will make ISBE a dangerous joke... 'It’s a lame-brain idea and a colossal waste of time...' says an anonymous Rahm aide...

Although his words still get headlines, the constant proposals by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner have remained further and further from the facts -- and the truth about public schools in Chicago (and Illinois). Factions in . . .


Chicago Teachers Union rejects 'Tentative Agreement' brought by some of its leaders... Negotiations continue now according to the pre-existing time line... CTU elections to be held in May 2016...

The broad-based leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union rejected a 'Tentative Agreement' with the Chicago Board of Education is two swoop on Monday, February 1, 2016, indicating that despite earlier press reports the negotiations between . . .


LABOR BEAT VIDEO: The fight against cuts in Belmont-Cragin in Chicago

A new Labor Beat video entitled "CPS Cuts and Layoffs At Belmont-Cragin" is now available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/Vp69CE_kETk. The video reports on the meeting that was held to challenge cuts in public schools on . . .


BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of January 27, 2016...

The Chicago Board of Education held its monthly meeting on January 27, 2016, and by the time the meeting had ended, there were a number of pleasant surprises for parents, teachers and community leaders who . . .


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