The July 2015 Issue of Substance

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CPS PURGE SEXIST? Why did Vitale and Ruiz dump some of the women who were part of Barbara Byrd Bennett's 'inner circle' of cronies -- but as of July 4 weekend, none of the men?...

Shades of Donald Trump or some benighted Republican? Rahm Emanuel and the obsessively politically correct bunch surrounding him being male chauvinist?! Given that Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel is obsessive about making sure that every time . . .


Ruiz and Vitale 'purge' Byrd Bennett's innner circle, but CPS doesn't explain why those who hired them in the first place -- Ruiz and Vitale -- are still in power... Nor has CPS explained why only the women among BBB's cronies have been dumped....

The news about Chicago Public Schools was exploding during the days before Chicago began the Fourth of July weekend, with the Chicago Sun-Times reporting on July 3, 2015, that the CPS leadership had finally gotten . . .


Hillary? Eli Broad and the Clintons... Rolling back the New Deal and pushing corporate 'reforms'...

"For some people, sleep seems incidental. If you are one of them, I envy you. Bill Clinton, who I have known since he was governor of Arkansas, sticks out in my mind as someone who . . .


MEDIA WATCH: From 'Chicagoland' to 'The Wire', and from Rahm Emanuel to Stringer Bell.... Has Chicago's mayor been using a 'burner' cell phone to contact negotiator and evade the Freedom of Information Act? ...how 'Hillarying' Hillary Clinton...

As negotiations grew more and more intense between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education's "team" of lawyers and administrators during June 2015, people on the union side began noting that the . . .


Board continued to stick its finger in teachers' eyes at May and June meetings, expanding wasteful privatization expenses while screaming about the fiscal 'crisis'...

Although the Chicago Board of Education, backed by some of the city's wealthiest and most powerful people (including the editors of the Chicago Tribune, but not the reporters), continued claiming its fiscal "crisis" during April, . . .


Protst against Rahm's layoffs at City Hall... 'This is despicable, disgusting and completely unacceptable...'

A little over two hundred teachers, students, parents and union members marched on LaSalle street in front of city hall to demonstrate their opposition for the reported layoff of 1,400 educators and the reduction of . . .


'Broke on Purpose' charges detailed in exposé of the lies of CPS budget claims and financial priorities under both mayors Daley and Emanuel... Chicago Teachers Union budget analysis exposes CPS officials' lies about reduction in administrative costs and other financial materials...

A four-page document analyzing the massive Chicago Public Schools budget has been released by the Chicago Teachers Union. The document challenges every claim made since 2011 about the actual priorities of the city's massive public . . .


Raise Your Hand schedules forum on CPS budget, 'cuts', and claims...

After the July 1, 2015 announcement by CPS officials that the public schools system will be making budget "cuts", some of which will supposedly reduce the school system's massive administrative offices (central and "networks"), the . . .


Ruiz and Cawley appear before pension trustees to propose a deal... CTPF looks to approve Board plan to spread out 2016 and 2017 pension payments....

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) heard from three top financial officials on the morning of July 1, 2015, following the cliffhanger payment of the full $624 million that Chicago Public Schools owed to the . . .


Board of Education pays full pension payment after lengthy game of 'Chickie' with the public on behalf of Rahm Emanuel and the world's ruling class.... Jesse Ruiz announces layoffs of 1,400 from the city's schools as the divide and conquers tactics continue...

Despite one last attempt by officials of the Chicago Board of Education and the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bully the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF), the leaders of the . . .


Board lays off 1,400 school staff... Revenge for forcing pension payment?

At the same time the Chicago Board of Education was making the mandatory payment of $634 million to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, officials of Chicago Public Schools announced that 1,400 teachers and other school . . .


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