The May 2016 Issue of Substance

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CPAA growing in membership after long period of stagnation as important election looms... LaRaviere 'setup' rejected by administrators' organization's rank and file...

The attempt by the top administrators of Chicago's public schools, all of whom were appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to silence Blaine Elementary School principal Troy La Raviere has failed. Despite the fact that "Chief . . .


May Day protests in Chicago continue struggle that began here...

Union and community activists rallied outside of the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to push for changes in the corrupt capitalist system represented by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The . . .


How much has the decades long policy of undermining neighborhood high schools hurt Chicago?... 'Chicago has a poor track record of delivering for its weakest students but this latest chapter, arguably an inevitable and predictable consequence of school choice, may be a new low...'

While the city waits to learn if the State of Illinois will finally increase revenues for the Chicago Board of Education through a progressive income tax and other means, longstanding policies are also receiving a . . .


Blaine Principal Troy LaRaviere is not the only one banned from Chicago schools... Board of Education continues spending legal dollars to keep parents out of meetings, as the case of Rousemary Vega shows...

Although the banning of Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere has been in the news, the problems caused by the anti-democratic forces inside Chicago - and leading Chicago's Board of Education -- include parents and . . .


Chicago Teachers Union pushes local revenue improvements as part of plan to improve money for the city's public schools... Two major themes ignored -- 'toxic swap' recoupment and local property tax improvements...

The Chicago Teachers Union issued a press release just prior to the union's May 4, 2016, House of Delegates meeting, calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to assist in improving local revenue for the city's public . . .


MEDIA WATCH: Researcher Mercedes Schneider exposes latest charter school propaganda, published in the Wall Street Journal on May Day, from Nina Rees...

The paid propagandists of the corporate "school reform" movement usually are paid very well, and their works have to be known to the general public before people are gulled into believing what they write, preach, . . .


BOARDWATCH: Board of Education members approve lengthy agenda featuring massive increase in privatization and charters...

While proclaiming, for the sixth or seventh year in a row, that it is facing a "billion dollar deficit," the Chicago Board of Education continued to push for expensive privatization schemes (charter school expansion; elimination . . .


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