All articles by Marybeth Foley

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education June 25, 2014 meeting report

[Editor's Note: The following article is re-published here at substancenews.net so that our readers have the opportunity to get the full flavor of what took place during the June 25, 2014 meeting of the Chicago . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Report on the June 25, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education tried to focus public on Student Code of Conduct while ignoring millions in new privatization deals and more charter school expansions...

The Chicago Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 125 South Clark Street. The 306-page agenda included revisions to the Student Code of Conduct (SCC) dozens of other . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Board continues to insult parents, critics who disagree with CPS and City Hall school policies while encouraging slanderous versions of reality during testimonies on behalf of turnarounds and charter schools

At the the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 125 S. Clark Street, there were many serious items on the public agenda. These included the approval . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board meeting shows disregard for protests from communities against AUSL, 'turnaround'

A large number of individuals who protested the proposed turnaround of Dvorak, McNair, and Gresham elementary schools dominated the public participation portion of the Chicago Board of Education monthly meeting held on Wednesday, April 23, . . .

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BOARDWATCH: February 26, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education continues Vitale's policy of suppressing democratic speech against CPS policies with escalating viciousness...

At the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education at 125 S. Clark Street on February 26, 2014, more parents of children at traditional neighborhood schools finally got a chance to speak during . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Heated exchanges at March 26, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education as more than a dozen irate parents denounce investigations into the Opt Outs from the ISAT and other matters

Concerns about the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT), planned school closings of three so-called "under-performing schools," and the conversion of Ames Middle School into a military school dominated the public participation portion of the monthly . . .

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BOARDWATCH: February 26, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education continues Vitale's policy of suppressing democratic speech against CPS policies with escalating viciousness...

At the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education at 125 S. Clark Street on February 26, 2014, more parents of children at traditional neighborhood schools finally got a chance to speak during . . .

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BOARDWATCH JANUARY 22, 2014... Longest Board of Education meeting votes to expand charters, renew daily physical education while ignoring massive and growing opposition to charter expansion

An overnight protest outside the entrance to the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at 125 S. Clark Street and dueling press conference (for and against charter school expansion) preceded the Board's regular monthly meeting on . . .

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CONGRESSMAN DAVIS BETRAYS UNIONS... Final meeting of the Chicago Board of Education for 2013 continues Board's assault on the city's real public schools while eliminating more and more of the public from the 'public participation' in the lone public meeting of the month

The December meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 125 S. Clark Street began with festive holiday performances by Kenwood Academy and Lane Tech High School. Kenwood Academy guys . . .

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BOARDWATCH: November 20, 2013 Board meeting sees fist fight, protests against overcrowding, and denunciations for past year's hypocrisy about 'underutilization'

Before the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education began on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, both sides of the arcade next to the Board lobby at 125 S. Clark Street were filled with . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Board of Education hears about latest annual 'Promotion Policy' and who must go to summer school. Then real schools continue to expose CPS incompetence and abuses from closings and the clout-heavy facilities plan

A new promotion policy was the main item on the agenda of the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) meeting of October 23, 2013. The promotion policy was dealt with at the Board's monthly meeting on . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Report on the September 25, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education... Facilities plan generates most comment, but Board's inconsistencies are exposed again

Approval of the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) and adoption of a new Information Security Policy were the main items on the agenda at the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education approves controversial budget and 'performance' policy while forcing the public out of the meeting

The FY14 (Fiscal Year 14) Budget Proposal and the SY14-15 (School Year 2014-2015) "School Quality Rating Policy" were the the two main items on the agenda at the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) monthly meeting . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Almost another 'Blow by blow' as the Chicago Board of Education continues to strangle democracy using the powers of the appointed school board, mayoral control, and Kafkaesque rules at its July 24, 2013 meeting

The Fiscal Year (FY) 14 Proposed Operating Budget was the main topic at the monthly Chicago Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, July 24, 2014, at 125 S. Clark Street in the fifth floor chambers . . .

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CPS censorship of Board meeting broadcasts becoming a major public policy issue... Repeat publication of the Substance report on the May 22 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

[Editor's Note: Even those who are used to the media machinations of the Chicago Board of Education were somewhat surprised at the childish censorship of the Cable TV broadcast of the May 22, 2013 meeting . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Protesters continue to challenge Chicago Board of Education at June 26 meeting

If you weren't a protester, but simply a pedestrian on Clark Street north of Adams, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at around 10:30 a.m., you really had to squeeze your way between all the protesters . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education holds historic vote to close schools at the end of tumultuous May 22, 2013 meeting

Cries and shouts of protest from parents, teachers, and community members filled the air in the fifth floor chamber during the monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting on May 22, 2013. The meeting, held at . . .

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Retirees mobilize in Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) retirees met Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 10:30 a.m at the Union Offices in the Merchandise Mart Plaza. Approximately 60-75 of more than 3,500 retiree members heard reports about legislation, pension . . .

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BOARDWATCH: After postponing the March Board of Education meeting until April out of fear of the March 27 protests, the Board hears CEO Byrd Bennett deny the racism of her racist school closing Hit List... While hundreds speak out against the racism of the plan on the eve of hearings

Accusations and denials of racism regarding school closings were tossed back and forth across the spaces of the chambers of the Chicago Board of Education at the Wednesday, April 3, 2013, rescheduled monthly meeting of . . .

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BOARDWATCH: April 24, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

Student protesters, followed by charter school supporters, filled the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Board of Education headquarters at 125 S. Clark Street before the the regularly scheduled monthly meeting in the fifth floor . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Final edited report on the Board of Education's January meeting

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 125 S. Clark Street. Board Members who were present were Dr. Carlos M. Azcoitia, Dr. Henry S, Bienen, . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Detailed report of the Chicago Board of Education meeting January 23, 2013

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 125 S. Clark Street. Board Members who were present were Dr. Carlos M. Azcoitia, Dr. Henry S, Bienen, . . .

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Pension Fund settles lawsuit on 'overpayment'

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) notified teachers who had retired between June 2000 and August 2004, who were paid on a regular school calendar, that they may have been overpaid because their pensions were . . .

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Pension fight explained to CTU retired teachers meeting

Kevin Huber, Executive Director of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF), spoke about what's ahead for teacher pensions, both at the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago (RTAC) luncheon on Tuesday, October 23, and the Chicago . . .

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Board of Education meeting of November 14, 2012 features ranting against CTU by Board of Education members

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting at 125 S. Clark. The meeting began with school children performing songs, etc., for the Board members and the . . .

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Chicago Board of Education to deny speakers' rights to anyone who can't get to a computer to register on line

The Chicago Board of Education has announced that members of the public who wish to speak to the Board during its monthly meetings will have to register on line — and will not be able . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Board of Education's October 24, 2012 meeting witnesses continuation of 'Management Musical Chairs' and major flubs by CPS administrators

The amended Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget for the next fiscal year was supposed to be passed at the regular Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 125 S. Clark Street, but . . .

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Board of Education meeting of September 25, 2012 has smallest turnout for public participation in memory

The Chicago Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 125 S. Clark Street followed the suspension of the Chicago Teachers Union 2012 strike on Tuesday, September 18. Only ten people signed up . . .

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July 25 Chicago Board of Education meeting

Carrying posters while marching in orderly picket lines on Clark Street from Adams to Monroe Streets, and supervised by several police officers, CTU members and supporters expressed their views on the current state of contract . . .

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BOARDWATCH, August 22, 2012 Board meeting... Chicago Board of Education talks compromise and budget 'deficit', then approves nearly $50 million for scab centers during the CTU strike of 2012

The Board of Education met on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 125 S. Clark Street, to approve the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-2013 budget. Present were Board President David Vitale, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jean-Claude Brizard, . . .

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Chicago Board of Education's June 27, 2012 meeting was more of the same Board arrogance... 'The Vitale Stall' keeps the public waiting nearly two hours before 'public participation' can finally begin... Board of Education meeting of June 2012 reveals raft of lies and hypocrisies

The Chicago Board of Education met for its monthly meeting on June 27, 2012, continued to stall the public participation for as long as possible, than proceeded to pander to those who praised their corporate . . .

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July 25 Board of Education meeting

Carrying posters while marching in orderly picket lines on Clark Street from Adams to Monroe Streets, and supervised by several police officers, CTU members and supporters expressed their views on the current state of contract . . .

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'The Vitale Stall' keeps the public waiting nearly two hours before 'public participation' can finally begin... Board of Education meeting of June 2012 reveals raft of lies and hypocrisies

The Chicago Board of Education met for its monthly meeting on June 27, 2012, continued to stall the public participation for as long as possible, than proceeded to pander to those who praised their corporate . . .

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Board of Education Business As Usual on May 23 — as teachers began gathering for the largest downtown teacher march in Chicago history

The regular meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) took place Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in the fifth floor chambers at 125 S. Clark Street. The roll call indicated that two members were absent: . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Final report on the March 28, 2012 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

The proposed longer school day, increased attendance days in the school year calendar, the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget, and what was termed increased accountability for charter schools as well as regular public schools . . .

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Sparsely attended Chicago Board of Education meeting still sees fireworks

Attendance was sparse at the Wednesday, April 25, 2010 monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at 125 S. Clark Street in the fifth floor chambers. Approximately fifteen minutes before the meeting was . . .

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March 28, 2012 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education continues massive protests against mayoral dictatorship

The proposed longer school day, increased attendance days in the school year calendar, the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget, and what was termed increased accountability for charter schools as well as regular public schools . . .

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BOARDWATCH: After massive public outcry at February 22, 2012 meeting, Chicago Board of Education members vote unanimously and without debate to turnaround ten schools and close, phase out or 'co-share' seven others

A multitude of protesters gathered in front of the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at 125 S. Clark Street on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, to object to the threatened closings and turnarounds of elementary and . . .

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January 25, 2012 Board of Education meeting hears a large number of problems without the fireworks of the previous month

The regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education took place on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 125 S. Clark Street. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance at 10:41 a.m., followed by . . .

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Only in Chicago... The dramatic meeting of the Chicago Board of Education for December 14, 2011 (including the complete words of the now famous Mic Check that stopped Chicago's corporate Board of Education from meeting for nearly three hours)

"O.I.C., Only in Chicago," would be the probable comment by Sister Grim, columnist for Substance News, if she had witnessed the uproar at the the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, at . . .

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Chicago Board of Education Meeting November 16, 2011

Attendance was light at the Wednesday, November 16, 2011, regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) in the Board chambers on the fifth floor at 125 S. Clark Street. Board Member Mahalia . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Report on the September 28, 2011 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

[Editor's Note: The following report was first published September 29, 2011, on the September 2011 Home Page of Substance on line. As our regular readers know, we flip the Home Page every month, and we . . .

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Chicago Board of Education Meeting October 26, 2011 hears more about the pros and cons of the 'Longer School Day' and a presentation attacking all existing real CPS public schools as a prelude to more attacks, closings and 'turnarounds'

At the monthly Chicago Board of Education (BOE) meeting held Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 125 S. Clark Street, many of the speakers during public participation spoke about a longer school. After some brief announcements . . .

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BOARDWATCH: September 28, 2011 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

Over two hundred members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) protested against layoffs of custodians, security guards, and other CPS employees before the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) began its regular monthly meeting on . . .

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July 27, 2011 Chicago Board of Education meeting hears from angry teachers, approves massive overhaul of CPS administrative structure (once again, again)

[Editor's Note: The following article was originally published at substancenews.net on July 28, 2011 and is republished here for our readers who missed it at the end of our July Home Page. An analysis of . . .

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Chicago Board of Education meeting held on August 24, 2011 approves major policy changes, controversial $5.9 billion budget for 2011 - 2012 school year

On Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education (BOE), at 125 S. Clark Street, in the Board chambers on the fifth floor, which was . . .

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July 27 Board of Education Meeting... CEO Jean-Claude Brizard announces what he calls his 'cabinet'

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting on the fifth floor at 125 S. Clark Street on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. The meeting followed protests on Clark Street by teachers and . . .

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BOARDWATCH: June 22, 2011 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education heard from angry teachers, parents, and others...

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in the fifth floor chambers at 125 S. Clark Street, one week after a specially-scheduled Board meeting, which voted . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Full report from the April 27, 2011 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

[Editor's Note: The following article originally was published at Substancenews.net at the end of April 2011 and can be found there. We are republishing it here, in a slightly longer and more comprehensive version, with . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union elects eight new members of its executive board, runoff for one elementary seat

Delegates to the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates on May 4, 2011, elected seven people to the union's executive board, replacing those who had gone to work on the union staff or who had . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Last meeting of the 'Daley Board' continues business-as-usual with school closings, teacher bashing, and increasing bureaucracy

Perhaps Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel was thinking "a new broom sweeps clean" when he planned the replacement of seven current Chicago Board of Education (BOE) members, the President, the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Education Officer, . . .

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March Chicago Board of Education meeting hears from dozens of angry parents, teachers

Two into one won't go, was one way long division was once taught. Well, two into one must go, when "consolidation" of schools in Chicago is one of the topics, as it was at the . . .

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Confrontations between charter supporters and opponents, while Board president favors charters and tries to silence opponents... Uproar dominates Chicago Board of Education meeting for January 26, 2011

The roar of the crowd of protesters could be heard as far away as LaSalle and Adams on the morning of Wednesday, January 26, 2010, as many hundreds gathered in front of the Chicago Board . . .

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Huge protests as Mazany takes over as CEO of Chicago Public Schools

City of Chicago police officers could be seen in the lobby of the Chicago Board of Education at 125 S. Clark Street on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, assisting the Board of Education in keeping control . . .

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July 28 Chicago Board of Education meeting hears from displaced teachers, disgruntled parents

Protestors, including brand-new Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) officers and staff, were in front on the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at 125 South Clark Street Wednesday morning, July 28, 2010, prior to the Board's monthly . . .

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August 25, 2010 Chicago Board of Education meeting report

"Shame on YOU. Shame on YOU. Shame on YOU," chanted a large group of protesters marching across the street from the Board of Education (BOE) building at 125 S. Clark Street before its monthly meeting . . .

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Protests galore during July 28, 2010 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education while Board continues to restrict public participation

Protestors, including brand-new Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) officers and staff, were in front on the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at 125 South Clark Street Wednesday morning, July 28, 2010, prior to the Board's monthly . . .

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Special Chicago Board of Education meeting on June 15, 2010 approves raising class size, borrowing $800 million

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) called an emergency meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at 10 A.M. at Board Chambers at 125 S. Clark, to address the financial problems it is facing. The meeting . . .

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Board of Education meeting features heightened security paranoia, vigorous opposition to CPS policies

The June 23, 2010 Chicago Board of Education (BOE) meeting began with the usual June recognition of principals who are retiring. There were additional "good news" items as well. Damani Bolden, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) . . .

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Board of Education meeting held on April 28, 2010... Board President blows off critics by saying everything will be "taken under advisement"...

Does anyone but Ron Huberman really believe anything Ron Huberman tells the public? That was the question just about everyone was asking as the Chicago Board of Education met for one of its rare monthly . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Report on the May 26, 2010 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

The monthly Chicago Board of Education (BOE) meeting held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in the fifth floor chambers at 125 S. Clark Street, Chicago, included an extra dose of security for those who wished . . .

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Agenda full at March 24, 2010 Chicago Board of Education meeting

At the March 24, 2010 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, chaired by Mary B. Richardson-Lowry, President, public participation generally proceeded in the same order as the list of public participants given to the . . .

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American Girl thwarted in plan to donate a library's worth of books to a Chicago Public School because... The Chicago Board of Education doesn't provide each elementary school with a full-time librarian!

At the June 24, 2009, Chicago Board of Education meeting, Gar Crispell, General Manager of American Girl on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, spoke about the American Girl involvement with schools during the public participation portion . . .

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Boardwatch July 23, 2008: Mount Greenwood story is still one of racism. The more things change, the more they stay the same

On a summer July afternoon after schools were closed for the 2007-2008 school year, seven former students from Mount Greenwood School returned to their old school, for a group photo for old-times sake. All were . . .

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Call for elected school board brings loud cheers at Chicago Board of Education meeting

February 2008 Board meeting most heated in recent memory

At the January 23, 2008, Chicago Board of Education meeting, President Rufus Williams expressed anger at one public-participation speaker who charged that some Board member . . .

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Retiree Holiday Luncheon at Chicago Teachers Union

The Chicago Teachers Union Holiday Luncheon for retirees was held Wednesday, December 5, 2007, in the Wolf Point Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. Approximately one hundred retirees filled the tables.

Marilyn Stewart, . . .

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Retirees warned that guarding integrity of Chicago's pension fund is a major priority

The refreshments were plentiful and the turnout was great at the latest meeting of the retiree group of the Chicago Teachers Union, on Thursday, April 26, 2007, in the Executive Room, of the Chicago Teachers . . .

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Chicago school officials snub American Educational Research Association (AERA), researchers

Teachers and others from all over gathered to hear the latest in educational research presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), held April 9 - 13, 2007, at the . . .

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