The December 2017 Issue of Substance

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Claypool resignation only the beginning of the necessary clean up... Chance the Rapper and Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker supports elected school board...

After a denial of wrongdoing, then an ‘apology’, Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool resigned effective December 31, 2017. In an unusual press conference )with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the unelected Board of Education . . .


MEDIA WATCH: Crain's Chicago Business calls Claypool press conference what is was...'That 4 p.m. 'press conference' turned out to be any thing but — a classless exercise in ignoring reality as much as humanly possible...'

While the editors of the Chicago Tribune continued to ignore reality as they editorially praised outgoing CPS CEO Forrest Claypool, more and more Chicago reporters and media got it right. Among the most interesting to . . .


Noting that CTU members can't afford to bring in charter school teachers, the 'Members First' group inside the Chicago Teachers Union continues critical review of the CTU leadership's proposed changes in the union's Constitution and By-Laws...

While the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union continues to lobby for a large number of proposed amendments to the union's Constitution and By-Laws, a growing number of union members have been closely examining the . . .


Protest against Republican tax bill shuts down LaSalle St...

A protest agains the Republican tax bill currently being debated in Washington took place on Monday, December 4, 2017, with the intention of shutting down LaSalle St. the Wall Street of the Midwest.
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CTU Retiree luncheon highlights issues facing the union and union retirees... but union officers don't take questions about major changes they are proposing to the CTU Constitution and By-Laws...

The annual retiree holiday luncheon was held Tuesday, December 5th at the CTU headquarters at 1901 W. Carroll Street. There were no new contract books available for retiree members as there has been an edict . . .


Teachers, parents and students to march and speak against CPS list of school closings...

The Chicago Board of Education's meeting of December 6, 2017, promises to hear from a large number of teachers, parents, and students who will be denouncing the latest "Hit List" of schools to be closed . . .


Trump's endorsement on British Nazis continues his -- and his family's -- fascination with fascism...

The most recent controversy created by Donald Trump's Tweets has exposed another example of the U.S. President's endorsement of fascism -- and in many cases of outright Nazis. Although Trump and his family have long . . .


Neighborhoo's real public schools were sabotaged by disinvestment and charter expansions... Protests continue against proposed Englewood school closings, expensive new construction....

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, Chicago Public Schools announced its intention to close all four neighborhood high schools in the Englewood Neighborhood: Harper, TEAM Englewood, Hope, and Robeson. Englewood is a poor, black, working class . . .


A 'Claypool level' of hypocrisy?...Chicago Teachers Union leaders tout so-called 'member driven endorsement' while evading most members' questions about political action, PAC contributions, and the finances of the CTU Foundation...

Less than one day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and outgoing CPS CEO Forrest Claypool -- aided and abetted by a group of preacher patronage beneficiaries -- gave Chicago a loud example of smarmy hypocrisy, the . . .


Claypool and Claypool's policies and cronies must all be gone for a true clean up to begin... CTU statement reminds leaders that the job of cleaning up the mess after Claypool has barely begun and Chicago needs the elected school board...

Every teacher fighting against principals' pressures to pass everyone to sustain the silly "Sophomore on Track" (SOT) version of reality to goose the statistics in Chicago's public schools can barely be cheering now that the . . .


BOARDWATCH: Report barred from December 8 Board of Education meeting covers protests in the lobby of Board headquarters

I went to the Chicago Board of Education's December 6, 2017 meeting, but could not get in. Security was very tight, and I was told that the meeting was "filled to capacity." The lobby was . . .


Inspector General's remarks to the December 2017 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education...

As the week ended, it became clear that despite efforts by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to end public discussion of the corruption of his appointed schools chief, Forrest Claypool, the public discussion will continue. Editorials . . .


'Fire Claypool immediately!' is the call of many -- including the school system's Inspector General -- at the December 2017 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education... Despite Claypool's lies and ethics violations, Emanuel sticks by the man he made 'Chief Executive Officer' of CPS in 2015...

While the mayor of Chicago and the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education (all appointed by that mayor, Rahm Emanuel) stubbornly stick by their choice for "Chief Executive Officer" of Chicago's public schools, . . .


What (really) Happened? Hillary and the Democrats had long sold out on education policy and continued into the 2016 election campaign, as new revelations show...

How much teacher bashing, school privatization, charterization and other right wing attacks on public education and the unions went into the debacle of Hillary Clinton's failed 2016 election campaign? A lot more than we knew . . .


Student based budgeting a major topic at the CORE convention... CORE Convention – Student- Based Budgeting, “Your enrollment dictates your budget”

When I entered the CORE convention workshop on Student Based Budgeting, we heard these very stark and threatening words: “Your enrollment dictates your budget.” Sarah Hainds and Nick Limbeck led the discussion: Every school are . . .


'Stronger together' may be the lie as measured against recent contract sellouts...Chicago Teachers Union members growing in doubts about the huge changes being demanded by the leadership in the CTU Constitution and By-Laws...

The prolonged debate within the 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union over whether the union should approve a massive set of changes in the union's Constitution and By-Laws continues into December 2017, despite repeated attempts by the . . .


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