All articles by Neal Resnikoff

Korea War II... Some suggestions for lessons about the current situation...

To All the Teachers who want to teach their students to think for themselves: Consider the current crisis where U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening nuclear war against North Korea.
The vey dangerous situation we . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of August 26, 2015, Neal Resnikoff speech, highlighted by large public protests against budget lies before the Board doubles down and votes to approve its $6.8 billion budget for the 2014 - 2015 school year

[Editor's Note: The following speech was delivered to the August 26, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. During the next two days, Substance will be publishing the remarks by various people who spoke . . .

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Senn Principal Susan Lofton removed from school during Inspector General investigation... One news report says manipulation of special education kids' testing is a reason...

The principal of Senn High School, Susan Loften, has been removed from the school, according to CPS sources, an email from alderman Harry Osterman, and DNA Info Chicago. Below are the email from the alderman, . . .

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A further attack on public education... Council of Chief State School Officers, a private corporation, is pushing Common Core against the wishes of a growing number of principals, teachers and parents...

As many readers know, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is responsible for implementing a lot of the corporate aims to narrow the content of public education, to select and train dutiful corporate . . .

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President Obama is pushing charter schools... 'Overall, Congress has spent $3,352,841,281 to create and expand charter schools...' Who is watching their 'performance'...

While most attention to the federal government's education plans has focused on the renewal of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the reduction, according to some, of the penalties of "No Child Left Behind," . . .

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Garza wins in 10th Ward by 20 votes out of 11,630... Board of Election Commissioners makes final announcement April 21... recount likely....

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners announced on April 21, 2015 that Sue Sadlowski Garza had won the alderman's race in the 10th Ward against John Pope by 20 votes, in one of the closest . . .

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OPT OUT Chicago: Leafletting continues about PARCC Opt Out at North River Elementary... 'many stopped to share their view that the tests they did take in March were unfair and too hard, and that they didn't see any point in taking them and didn't like it...'

A four-person team from Albany Park, North Park, and Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice had a good time distributing leaflets in English and Spanish against the Common Core PARCC tests on April 23, 2015 . . .

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OPT OUT NEWS: CPS officials continue lying, saying 'no distribution to students...'... Administrators at Chicago's Murphy Elementary School try to stop leaflet distribution... Chicago movement grows... New York Opt Out nears 200,000 count...

The Chicago Opt Out movement continues building, with literature distributed by activists. We had another very good experience taking the opt-out message to another school. On Friday, April 24, 2015, Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair . . .

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Edison principal, others in frantic attempt to stop families from getting Opt Out information... A report on the efforts of administrators to block the right of students to refuse to take the PARCC tests...

A frantic attempt to stop opt-out leafleting was made on March 4, 2015 and failed because those distributing the opt out materials knew the law and held our ground. Here is a first hand report . . .

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Pearson is accused of spying on students during PARCC tests...'The DOE informed us that Pearson is monitoring all social media during the PARCC testing'....

On MARCH 13, 2015, a New Jersey blogger named Bob Braun published an explosive expose charging that Pearson, the corporation that has long produced most of the controversial "standardized" tests used across the USA for . . .

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OPT OUT NEWS: Principal of LaSalle Language Academy will leave CPS, blames 'overtesting'...

One of Chicago's best known and most successful elementary school principals has told her school and the press that this is her last year as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools. The principal, Elizabeth Heurtefeu, . . .

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Two recent articles... The Student Loan debt bubble and the obscene costs of Law School

Two recent articles highlight the problems of debt being loaded on to the youngest people in the USA, especially those from poor, working class, and middle class backgrounds. Two recent articles outline this problem in . . .

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LETTER: Since when does a retired Army Colonel qualify to be a district superintendent running a bunch of Chicago high schools?

April 13, 2010. We Need to Beat Back New Attacks on the Schools, and here is one example of what I mean. The Chicago Public School System (CPS), with orders coming down from the top . . .

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LETTER: Save Senn speaks against militarization, 'Dream Act' at City Council meeting

November 13, 2009
Substance:
I spoke this morning on a resolution being considered by the Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations, "In Defense of Rigoberto Padilla and Other Immigrant Students Who would Benefit from . . .

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Militarization of CPS questioned at budget hearing

August 17, 2009

To the public hearing on the 2009-2010 Chicago Board of Education budget--

My name is Neal Resnikoff, from the Albany Park, North Park, North Park Neighbors for Peace and Justice. . . .

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Letter: Drugging warriors when post-traumatic problems grow too great

January 10, 2008

Substance:

Perhaps you’d like to share the following with your readers. We need to warn our students that military service has many future consequences.

Neal Resnikoff

Chicago
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Letter: ‘Data’ lie in defense of JROTC

‘Data’ lie in defense of JROTC

January 31, 2008

Substance:

Those of us who have addressed the Chicago Board of Education regularly in opposition to the expansion of military academies and JROTC . . .

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Letter: CPS military officer goes ballistic at ‘Anchors Away’

November 13, 2007

Substance

We had a good distribution crew out this morning for “Anchors Away,” which is now in its fourth year of publication. Ron, Scott, Dale, Shelby, Neal, Craig, Mike, and . . .

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Letter: Accountability — not for brass after GIs return

October 18, 2007

Substance:

I hope you’ll have time to share the following with all your readers. What more could we be doing? First, Chicago claims that military programs and ROTC in the . . .

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Letter: Illegal military recruitment in Chicago

May 16, 2007

Substance:

Illegal Military Recruiting in the Chicago Schools?

It is illegal for the Chicago Public Schools to be trying to recruit its students into active military service. As General . . .

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OPT OUT: New York Opt Out hits nearly 200,000... 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New Yorks Common Core ELA Assessment

While the numbers in Chicago and Illinois are still not known, the numbers are beginning to come in from other states, and New York has gotten the semi-official count up to 190,836 Students Opt-Out of . . .

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Garza wins in the 10th Ward

Susan Sadlowski Garza wins in the 10th ward

Ward Room

Sadlowski Garza Defeats 10th Ward Ald. Pope By 20 Votes in Final Count

Updated at 3:45 PM CDT on Tuesday, Apr 21, . . .

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