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Dvorak LSC plans 'Hands Around Dvorak' for April 2, 2014 in protest against 'hostile takeover' by AUSL proposed by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett

A week after they heard that their school has been proposed to be a "Turnaround" under the aegis of AUSL (the Academy for Urban School Leadership), members of the Dvorak Elementary School Local School Council . . .

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Testimony against 'Turnaround' of Dvorak

[Editor's Note: The following is the complete testimony prepared and presented to the hearing on the proposed "Turnaround" of Chicago's Dvorak elementary school. Additional material pertaining to the failures of AUSL's so-called "turnaround" work is . . .

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AUSL? Conflicts of Interest Abound in Board Decision to Turn Around Dvorak, Gresham and McNair... Conflicts of interest charged after Board of Education votes again to turn schools over to AUSL

Thanks to everyone who came out to cover various stories about Dvorak, Gresham and McNair in their fight to remain open. Your journalism helped to provide balanced perspectives and keep a number of pertinent issues . . .

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'... the rapid expansion of charter schools is not a panacea...' Valerie Leonard's comments at the February 13 hearing

[Editor's Note: Chicago Public Schools officials are refusing to keep a transcript of the hearings on the school closings, or allow all of those who show up at the hearings to speak. The manipulation of . . .

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Rep. Ford has support despite highly publicized indictment

I apologize for going "off message" of this story. By now, I'm sure everyone reading this has heard that State Representative La Shawn K. Ford has been indicted for bank fraud that allegedly occurred before . . .

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Remarks prepared for City Council school consolidation hearing by Valerie Leonard, Lawndale Alliance

[Editor's Note. This is the first of several presentations by community leaders and parents regarding the current debate over Chicago's facilities planning. As Substance reported earlier, 100 people had assembled in the City Council chambers . . .

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