BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of July 22, 2015 highlighted by large public protests against budget lies, while new faces show the same corporate leadership of the nation's third largest school system...

The Chicago Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Chicago Public Schools Loop Offices at 42 West Madison Street, Garden Level, in the Board Room. Preceding the . . .

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Forrest Claypool, above left, had been serving as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Chief of Staff. Emanuel has appointed him to be President of the Chicago Board of Education. Claypool will chair his first Board meeting in August 2015 and is expected to continue to policies of David Vitale, whose work included gagging those who wished to speak critically of Board policies and the mayor and restricting the ability of the public to participate in the Board's public meetings. Claypool is the second mayoral

Aldermen add voices in opposition to charter expansion, as protests against Board's budget priorities grow...

While there was a great deal of activity before, during and after the July 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (the last to be chaired by David Vitale, who is being replaced . . .

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Twelfth Ward Alderman George Cardenas was one of those who spoke against charter expansion at the July 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Noteworthy about Cardenas's position was that it comes less than two years after he faced protests in his ward about is support for charter expansion there. Cardenas's change reflects a growing movement to freeze Chicago's charter expansion and to do a more thorough investigation of the actual practices of the city's charter schools. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

CTU official asks why Board refused to arbitrate 'toxic swaps' at hastily called hearing on billion dollar bond issue... Board gives vague answer...

Jackson Potter, member services coordinator of the Chicago Teachers Union, was the only public speaker at the hastily called Chicago Board of Education "hearing" on issuing new bonds to cover the Board's projected budget deficit. . . .

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Board members did not answer Potter's questions. James L. Bebley, the Board's legal counsel (who was seated next to Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz during the bond hearing), said, this moment, the Board is negotiations with a number of banks," so there would be no official comment about the toxic interest rate swaps at this time. Above, Potter during the regular meeting of the Board. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt." width=200>

With Friends Like These... Senate passes renewal of No Child Left Behind, now called the 'Every Child Achieves Act''...with support from NAACP and most Dems...

The U. S. Senate has voted to accept its proposed version of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) by a bipartisan majority of 81 -17. The bill is a rewrite of the 1965 Elementary and . . .

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LSC 'hearing' at Simeon exposes lies of CPS on budget 'crisis'... CPS Office of Local School Council Relations – Budget Informational Session held at Simeon High School features the version of reality now being presented by the Board's latest 'Chief Financial Officer,' Ginger Ostro...

INTRODUCTION... The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Local School Council (LSC) Relations scheduled three “Budget Informational Sessions” on the same date and time (Monday, July 20, 2015) in city locations north (Schurz High School), . . .

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Above, the audience at the hearing on the budget for LSCs at Schurz High School. The article below is about the hearing at Simeon Vocational High School, not about Schurz. Substance photo by Larry Duncan.

Board agenda shows Ruiz to remain as Board Vice President, while Board continues orgy of privatization -- example, another $3.1 million for AUSL despite the supposed 'financial crisis'... Two 'meetings' scheduled for July 22, 2015, but most of the public doesn't know about the 9:30 one...

The public agenda for the Chicago Board of Education's July 22, 2015 meeting shows that at least one faction in Chicago's ruling class is digging in its heels and continuing non-stop on the course it . . .

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Only those who went to the Board of Education's website and read carefully would have known that there were two Board meetings on July 22, 2015. The earlier one, on a massive borrowing plan, requires that people sign up between 8:30 and 9:00 in the lobby of the Board chambers, while the regular meeting begins at 10:30. Contrary to the statement above, the sign-in for the regular meeting did not end on Friday, July 17, 2015, but at 8:05 a.m. on July 13, 2015, when the Board's computers again choked off everyone who wanted to speak but wasn't quick enough.

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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Susan Lofton in the Senn High School office. Photo courtesy of Senn High School.

Rebel flag is a symbol of more than racism... 'The South’s current drive to impose on the rest of the nation its opposition to worker and minority rights … resembles nothing so much as the efforts of antebellum Southern political leaders to blunt the North’s opposition to the slave labor system...'

[Editor's note: The following article came to us early on July 19, 2015, via the news service Portside. While we agree with those who want to purge the Confederate battle flag from publicly funded places . . .

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The man who helped engineer the largest school closing in American history is now the best person to be President of the Chicago Board of Education?! Frank Clark appointment is Rahm Emanuel's latest 'F____ You!' message to Chicago teachers, parents, and children...

There is no way that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wasn't sending his latest "Fuck You!" message to the city's real public schools and the students, teachers and parents of the real public schools with the . . .

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Commonwealth Edison President and charter school zealot Frank Clark chaired the commission that white washed the largest school closing in American history in 2013. Above, Clark is seen chairing the meeting on the closings held at the

Principal's critique of Board of Education's principals' meeting... CPS officials repeated City Hall talking points to captive audience... 'These things are forcing us to choose between making pension payments and making needed investments in the classroom'...

[Editor's Note: The article below was forwarded to Substance almost immediately after it was circulated. Since then, we have received it over and over from those who are asking us to republish it. Here it . . .

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Blaine Elementary School Principal Troy LaRaviere (right) with some of Blaine's reasons for being. Photo by the Blaine PTA.

The crimes of David Vitale and Jesse Ruiz... Will the investigations end with Barbara Byrd Bennett and her cronies, or will the enablers be indicted, too?... One reporter's opinion -- Vitale and the Board refused to arbitrate the 'swaps' because they were covering up the fact that they knew the risk

With the July 16, 2015 revelation (not yet made official as of this writing) that Forrest Claypool and James Clark will become the CEO and President of the Chicago Board of Education, the issue now . . .

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At every meeting of the Chicago Board of Education during the time he was President of the Board, David Vitale would lecture the public about how the Board members possessed the

Cleaning up and vamping photos and the record of Andrea Zopp won't bring her any closer to becoming a candidate of the people after her four vicious years on the Chicago Board of Education...

By the time the Chicago Sun-Times and "Sneed" did their latest attempt to bully regional Democrats on behalf of Andrea Zopp, the joke was becoming too good to miss. The photo that Sneed used to . . .

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Andrea Zopp in a recent photo (taken during the March 25, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education). As noted in the accompanying article, Zopp helped David Vitale and Mayor Rahm Emanuel eliminated more teaching and other union jobs for black people during her four years on the Chicago Board of Education than any other regime in Chicago history. By voting in May 2013 to close 50 Chicago public schools, while continuing to open anti-union charter schools, Zopp placed herself in the same league as the rulers of Louisiana, who wiped out the black-led United Teachers of New Orleans during the

Chicago Newsroom today, tomorrow and Saturday on Chicago Cable...

The Chicago Newsroom show taped on July 16 will be available to Substance readers at CAN TV Chicago and on You Tube. It was fun talking about CPS politics the morning the city learned officially . . .

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Ken Davis at Chicago Newsroom.

Randi's Chicago 'bum's rush' and the current Hillary controversy... AFT's rush to the altar is hurting -- not helping -- Hillary's candidacy, and it will hurt more in the future...

The Randi Railroad that pushed the "American Federation of Teachers" (AFT, but not all of us) into a very VERY early "endorsement" of the candidacy of HIllary Clinton is backfiring across the USA. If Randi . . .

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Across the USA, AFT teachers say 'No f______ way!'

[Substance Editor's Note: Our mailboxes have been filling up with comments and screams against Randi Weingarten's cynical behind-closed-doors endorsement of Hillary Clinton on behalf of the 1.6 million members (including this reporter/editor/parent/activist) of the American . . .

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Despite some pirouettes, AFT President Randi Weingarten hasn't really changed her position on the major issues confronting the unions' locals across the USA. This has been true since feted feted Bill Gates during the union's 2010 national convention in Seattle, while ignoring Gates's own unioin busting in the tech industries and the history of militancy in the labor movement in the

AFT Executive Council vote for Hillary endorsements was not -- NOT -- unanimous, but AFT isn't saying who voted how...

According to a growing number of sources, the widely publicized vote by the American Federation of Teachers Executive Council to endorse Hillary Clinton more than a year before the primaries heat up was not unanimous. . . .

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American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten (above, speaking to the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates on April 1, 2015) had enough time on April Fool's Day to hob nob with Chicago's rich and famous, but then ran out of the CTU HOD meeting without taking questions from the 700 representatives of the union's 30,000 members. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

TeacherMatch... Matchmaking Towards a Corporate Hell? Hiring of new teachers privatized through 'TeacherMatch'...

In Philadelphia, all new applicants to the School District of Philadelphia must create a login and apply througha corporate portal called TeacherMatch. All across the country, school districts, such as Chicago, are outsourcing their hiring . . .

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Charlotte Danielson's 'Framework' was promoted in Chicago by Barbara Byrd Bennett and other corrupt local officials with backing from the major corporate

Vitale gag successful on speakers for the July Board of Education meeting! Speakers 'closed' by 8:05 a.m. on July 13, as Board and mayor continue to refuse to allow public participation at public meetings of the public schools' Board...

It's 8:05 a.m. on July 13, 2015, and I was just told by the Board of Education's website (http://www.cpsboe.org/meetings/details/192) that "all speaker slots are filled" when I tried to sign up to speak at the . . .

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On May 27, 2015, Tim King of Urban Prep charter school in Chicago was one of the charter school leaders who packed the Board of Education meeting (see above) and blocked out others from speaking, with the help of Board President David Vitale and Board

New York's MORE caucus denounces AFT endorsement of Hillary Clinton... '...another top down decision was made in some back-room during the middle of the summer...'

While many in the Chicago Teachers Union were still discussing a response to the national announcement that the American Federation of Teachers was endorsing Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic Party nomination for President of . . .

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MORE meetings in New York City are as large as CORE meetings in Chicago...

BOOK REVIEW: A practical guide for tackling health hazards...

[Editor's Note: The following review by Kim Scipes originally was published by Labor Notes and is reprinted here at Substance with permission of the writer. The URL is: equested: http://labornotes.org/blogs/2015/07/review-practical-guide-tackling-factory-hazards . George N. Schmidt, Editor, . . .

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