CPS reverses part of local school cuts the day after major protests against impact on minority schools...

One day after leading officials -- including the former Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education -- rose up at a Board of Education meeting to protest the impact of the latest budget cuts . . .

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Chicago Public Schools is the only school district in Illinois that has a

Trump pushing daily fundraising to protect what he calls 'our movement' from those he calls the elites (Hollywood, media, etc.)...

No sooner had Donald Trump been inaugurated President of the United States than he proclaimed that he will be running again in 2020 and established his campaign fund for that election. As a result, his . . .

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'Scrapping the Cap' (as proposed by Bernie Sanders) will keep Social Security solvent for the next sixty years (at least)...

Despite the decade-old propaganda (begun when President George W. Bush was trying to privatize Social Security) that the nation's Social Security system was going to go "broke" (in twenty or thirty years or so, maybe), . . .

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Social Security.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education February 22, 2017 meeting... Criticizing new cuts' impact on Latino schools, Jesse Ruiz forcefully quoted the late Holocaust Survivor Elie Weisel, 'The opposite of love is not hate, the opposite of love is indifference' and asked that the cuts be rescinded...

Immigration problems, Special Education, and the impact of budget cuts were some of the concerns expressed at the regular monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, February 22. 2017, at Chicago Public School (CPS) headquarters on Madison . . .

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In an unprecedented event, Jesse Ruiz (above at microphone) stood before the Chicago Board of Education and criticized the racism of the cuts announced by Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool. Others also noted the hypocrisy coming from Claypool after he sued Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner charging the state with racism. Ruiz had served previously as Vice President of the Board (under David Vitale) and then as Interim CEO after the elimination of Barbara Byrd Bennett (who is still not in prison following her admissions of guilt in federal bribery scandals involving SUPES Academy). Substance photo by David Vance.

Trump administration's 'illegal immigrant' guidelines will make enforcement of anti-gang rules even more difficult for Chicago Public Schools... Chicago's drug gangs will find it even easier to operate under the Trump administration's attacks on immigrant communities...

Here is a prediction from an expert on gang crimes in Chicago schools who has been blacklisted by Chicago's corporate media for years and years (me): For more than 25 years, I have been one . . .

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The reasons why I chose this photograph out of dozens you can find by Googling

Rauner's union busting plan now state law in Iowa... Unions sue to block so-called 'Right to Work' attacks on organized workers, weakened unions...

The union busting "Right to Work" law that has been pushed for Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner just became law in Iowa, and unions have been forced to sue to try and block it. Meanwhile, . . .

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been pushing the same reactionary anti-worker agenda since his election, but unlike adjacent Iowa, Indiana and Michigan, Illinois has strong Democratic Party leadership still committed to defending the state's labor unions.

Federal immigration officials to be barred from Chicago Public Schools unless they have a criminal warrant, says CPS... History will evaluate how far Trump administration will go against Chicago's schools, teachers, families, and children...

On the days that the Trump administration announced its latest draconian attacks on "illegal immigrants", top officials of the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools announced important guidelines to protect children and families of . . .

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Both ICE and DHS

Another elected official who 'persists'... Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez ejected from meeting by Paul Ryan!...

This news is just coming in, and it gives people from the Resistance another reason to head across the border into Wisconsin to unseat one of the most odious of the Republican leaders currently wallowing . . .

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Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance... ' Rushing into the streets, as exhilarating as it can be, is not enough for the long haul. And if we want to win, we have to be prepared for the long haul...'

The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen an amazing explosion of mobilizing to oppose him and his administration on oh-so-many levels. And that has been heartening. But it is not enough. The . . .

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Protests continued across the USA on President's Day, February 20, 2017.

'Teacher turnover in high poverty schools'... Proving the obvious as it's been for the past 50 years...

[Editor's Note: For the past 50 years, since I began teaching at Attucks Elementary School shortly after I graduated from the University of Chicago in 1969, I've written about the problems facing teachers in "high . . .

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A reminder from 'Peekskill' that fascism in the USA has often been just a few doors away... Paul Robeson faced death to sing in Upstate New York in 1949 after the American fascists got hold of the nation's temper...

[Editor's Note: Substance hasn't devoted as much space this year as in previous years to Black History Month because other news has been closer. After all, when the President of the United States has a . . .

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One of the greatest American artists, athletes and leaders of the 20th Century, Paul Robeson was also a Communist, and was threatened with death because he scheduled to sing at Peekskill. Robeson was blacklisted in a more vicious manner than any of the

Madison remembered...A Look Back in the Mirror at the Wisconsin Uprising:

A Review Essay of It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest, ed. by Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle; Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from . . .

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Despite the dramatic protests in the Wisconsin state capitol building, the protesters lost -- big.

BOOK REVIEW: Part Two...A Look Back at the 2012 Strike in a Recently Published Book by Steven Ashby and Robert Bruno: A Fight for the Soul of Public Education (Part 2)...

In 2011 Chicago had a new mayor, a pugnacious foul-mouthed transplant from the northern suburbs, Rahm Emmanuel. He had a reputation in Washington of being combative and he is partially to blame for the breakdown . . .

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Northwest side parents, politicians, and school leaders oppose Noble charter school expansion, while Noble continues citing its alternative facts about 'waiting lists' and so-called 'demand'...

Leaders from the real public schools of Chicago's northwest side continued to voice their opposition to charter school expansion and charter school lies, with the majority of aldermen opposing the expansion of the Noble Network . . .

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A tribute to the 'Mango Mussolini'... Matt Farmer and his band are back with a new song, 'Alternative Facts', and it's better than the 2012 Rahm Emanuel Chicago hit 'Too Big to Fail'...

The lyrics and graphics are a hoot, and the song should go to the top of anyone's charts as Matt Farmer has returned with a new song, "Alternative Facts." Farmer and his band have dubbed . . .

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Dubbing Donald Trump the

Forrest Claypool gives press conference for lawsuit at Lindblom High, met with student sit-in and challenging questions about CPS finances...

Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Forrest Claypool, Janice Jackson (the "Chief Education Officer") and Frank Clark (Board of Education President) gave a press conference on Monday, February 13, 2017 to announce the Board of . . .

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Some of the Lindblom High School students who challenged Forrest Claypool and Janice Jackson at the time of the media event at which Claypool announced that CPS was suing the State of Illinois and Governor Bruce Rauner about Chicago school funding.

BOOK REVIEW: A look back at the 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike in a recently published book by Steven Ashby and Robert Bruno: 'A Fight for the Soul of Public Education (Part 1)'...

The news in Chicago about public education has been catastrophic: looking at every governmental level: federal with the appointment of an avowed enemy of public education, Betsy DeVos, as Secretary of Education; Bruce Rauner and . . .

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New book reviewed.

Open Letter Sent to NEA Representative Assembly delegates on February 8, 2017... Open letter to the National Education Association Representative Assembly exposing NEA's Clinton debacle and slavish bowing to conservative Democratic Party politicians...

This morning I got the email that all NEA members got from NEA boss Lily Garcia: “You inspire me.” Well, Garcia, you don’t inspire me. You rigged NEA’s internal processes against Bernie Sanders in order . . .

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Hillary Clinton and Lily Garcia at the NEA RA 2016.

Trump's loss at the 9th Circuit begins the end of his mindless bluster against democracy...

[Editor's Note: Donald Trump's silly (all caps) "SEE YOU IN COURT!" may be some kind of mindless mantra from the golden domed guy presently holding the office of President of the United States. But as . . .

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The judges of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

How many sellouts by 'labor leaders' before the working class needs new unions and a new class struggle vision of unionism?...

After the dramatic appearance of a faction of the leadership of the AFL-CIO with President Donald Trump at a convivial meeting at the White House recently, more and more people have been indicating that they . . .

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Donald Trump and union leaders.