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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Elizabeth Heurtefeu, principal of LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, is leaving her job in June 2015. The reason, she told DNA Info Chicago, is she can no longer deal with Chicago's

CTU rally on March 26... Buses leaving from six locations across the city so people don't have to pay extortionist downtown parking prices...

The Chicago Teachers Union is providing buses to its March 26, 2015 rally downtown (at the Thompson Center) from six locations across the city. Such actions have become necessary since Chicago's privatized downtown parking costs . . .

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Photo courtesy Chicago Teachers Union.

Socialist Worker: A pro labor mayor for Chicago?

[Editor's Note: The following analysis was published by socialistworker on March 26, 2015 and is published here at substancenews.net with permission. We hope that our readers will take the time to comment on the challenging . . .

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Rahm, Chuy.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of March 25, 2015 was highlighted by large public protests against against the filth program due to the Board's privatization of custodial services to Aramark and SodexoMAGIC...

Workers in purple and gold jackets from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, waving gold banners, marched and chanted along the north side of Madison Street in front of the headquarters of the Chicago . . .

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In his presentation to the March 25, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Teachers Union vice president Jesse Sharkey told the Board the union would be willing to cooperate on financial issues if the Board seriously developed a plan to increase revenues by fair tax policies. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

March 26 'Rally for Educational Justice' features upcoming CTU contract fight and speakers from others cities...

It was a little chilly, but several hundred people were in attendance at the Rally for Education Justice at the Thomprson Building on March 26, 2015. The crowd estimate was according to Jackson Potter, CTU . . .

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Some of the people at the Rally for Justice at Chicago's Thompson Center on March 26, 2015. Substance photo by David Vance.

BP protest... Labor Beat video shows Refinery Strikers Protest at Chicago BP Headquarters...

A new video is now available from Labor Beat On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/uGZCZ8XV_xo providing the public with information about the strike of refinery workers at the BP Whiting refinery. The video, less than ten minutes . . .

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BP workers protesting in Chicago at the corporation's Chicago office. Labor Beat photo.

OPT OUT NEWS: Parents and teachers join at Curie High School to protest against Curie administration's bullying -- and police lies -- about the rights of citizens to protest peacefully on the city sidewalk outside the school....

Although the majority of Chicago public schools where the Opt Out movement has taken place this year continue to treat children and families choosing to opt out in a professional way, a small handful of . . .

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Although the principal of Cure High School (above at the March 25 Board of Education meeting) tried to bully teachers and students who were trying to promote Opt Out, he failed. Despite the attempt by the Cure administration to violate the First Amendment rights of protesters on March 24, the protesters knew their rights and countered every official lie promulgated by the Curie administration. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Of course you can take the PARCC with mouse turds on the computer!... Washington High School gets another 'We'll get back to you on that...' a decade after the Board first promised to fix its leaky roof and get rid of the mice, rats, and roaches infesting the building...

More than a decade after the Chicago Board of Education promised to fix the leaky roof and make other repairs on Washington High School on Chicago's far Southeast Side, parents returned to a meeting of . . .

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Students at Chicago's Washington High School are forced to bursh mouse shit off their computers before they can use them. Above, a photo provided to the Board members by Washington parents at the March 25, 2015 Board meeting. The black dots on the computer and desktop are mouse turds. Substance photo courtesy of Washington High Schools.

OPT OUT NEWS: Panel at the monthly CORE meeting shows scope of Opt Out movement and some aspects of the racist attacks on Opt Out parents (and children) by top CPS officials, including principals and 'Network' administrators...

Despite the early Spring snow, more than 70 people arrived at Chicago's Letter Carriers union hall at 39th and Wabash for the monthly meeting of CORE (the Caucus of Rank and File Educators), which was . . .

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Above, six of the nine panelists who spoke about their organizing of the 2015 PARCC Opt Out during the March 23, 2015 meeting of CORE. Left to right, Monique Redeaux, Alison Eichhorn, Akash Pandey, Sophie Carlson, Anne Carlson, and Xian Barrett. The two posters (see below) provided the more than 60 people attending the presentatioin with specific details of the Opt Out organizing at Lindblom High School (poster with Alison, left) and Drummond Montessori Elementary (Carlson, right). Substance photo by Tammie Vinson.

RAHMWATCH: Start election week(s) with snow, a protest against King High School's tyrants, and our newest song, Rahm's lies, from the songsters of the Southeast Side....

While we continue serving up talent every time we're in a fight, each fights brings out some really creative stuff from our side. So this year the first out of the gate comes from Chicago's . . .

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Rahm Emanuel and his ruling class backers still believe they can fool the voters of Chicago another time as the April 7 runoff election approaches. The new Party Line of the billionaires is that Chuy

RAHMWATCH: WTF should Chuy have a 'plan' when history shows that Rahm's 2011 plan was to script his 'Chicagoland' nonsense and screw poor and working class Chicago?...

I hate to be short tempered, but for the past week I've been hearing some usually intelligent people sounding like the Winnetka and Kenilworth assholes who write editorials for the Chicago Tribune, demanding that Chuy . . .

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Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senate's only socialist, will be in Chicago April 2 join Chuy Garcia to support Sue Sadlowski Garza out in the 10th ward...

US Senator Bernie Sanders is coming to Chicago on Thursday, April 2nd, to support the campaign of Susan Sadlowski Garza for Alderman of the 10th Ward, and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago. Garza, . . .

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is often described as an

RAHMWATCH: SUBSTANCE is now looking for the best art of the day, so we'll begin with this photograph courtesy of a lifelong friend... We don't know where this creativity will end, so keep sharing your best and we'll print it daily...

One of the greatest things about a Chicago election is that it gives rise to so much creativity and even a bit of art. Rahm Emanuel's campaign, for example, has decided not only to understate . . .

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One bit of advice. Don't let your puppy hump the Rahm sign. If might give him or her scabbies and cost you a trip to the vet. Photo originally from Noah Stein.

BOOK REVIEW: A Review of "Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today" by Joe Burns...

“A Review of Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today by Joe Burns”... Brooklyn, NY: IG Publishing ISBN: 978-1-935439-89-9 (paperback)... The book costs about $17 in paperback . . .

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Strike back.

OPT OUT NEWS: Atrocities in Network 6... '...it is truly reprehensible that the district is condoning the mistreatment of children who are sensibly refusing to participate by allowing Network Chiefs to once again inappropriately pressure principals to suppress opt-outs...'

[Editor's Note: The following report, along with the letter to Barbara Byrd Bennet, was sent out to readers by More Than A Score on March 19, 2015. We are reprinting it because of its importance . . .

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Cassie Crestwell of More Than A Score has been one of the most active people in supporting children's rights to Opt Out of the PARCC test this year. Above, Crestwell (center, sixth from left) is shown working on March 18, 2015 to inform families at the

Pensions... Legislation proposed in Springfield -- House Bill 3695-- will restore the pension tax levy ... The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund on March 20 announced support for HB 3695, sponsored by State Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr., and Speaker Michael J. Madigan....

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF.org) has issued a press release saying that the fund supports HB 3695, which would restore the pension tax levy. The tax levy, which was abolished to provide more "flexibility" . . .

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OPT OUT NEWS: Parents want truth not confusion... Protesters at South Shore 'Fine Arts Academy' on March 18 bring the facts about PARCC and Opt Out to the school after disinformation had been provided by school administrators...

Parents received the truth today at South Shore Fine Arts Academy, a Chicago elementary school, on March 18, 2015, as a dozen people showed up at the school to provide teachers, parents, and children with . . .

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Chicago teachers (and CORE co-chair) Sarah Chambers explains Opt Out rights to a parent at South Shore Fine Arts Academy elementary school on March 18, 2015, as the child looks on. Chambers was one of a dozen Opt Out supporters who showed up to provide information at the school after city Opt Out leaders learned that the school's administration had been lying to parents and teachers about their rights. Substance photo by David Vance.

RAHMWATCH: How Rahm's Wall Street buddies continue screwing Chicago's children through the 'toxic swaps', while Rahm's Board of Ed stonewalled on recouping millions from the 'swaps.' Finally, now, national news is paying attention to this bit of Rahm's CPS corruption....

[Editor's Note: For years, Substance and researchers at the Chicago Teachers Union exposed the cost to Chicago's public schools of the "toxic swaps" entered into by the Chicago Board of Education during the time that . . .

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Retired Congressman Brad Miller told the Chicago Board of Education at its October 22, 2014, meeting that the Board should go to arbitration to recoup some of the millions of dollars it was losing because it had entered into the so-called

CTU Black Caucus curriculum fair March 28 at Westinghouse

The newly revitalized and growing Black Caucus of the Chicago Teachers Union is sponsoring what it is calling its "Heritage Curriculum Fair on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Chicago's Westinghouse High School. Heritage Curriculum Fair . . .

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Black Caucus curriculum fair March 28, 2015.

OPT OUT NEWS: Meeks continues lying in defense of corporate school reform almost as soon as Rauner makes him president of ISBE.... But Arne Duncan says feds never threatened loss of billions of dollars!...'When asked why he [Duncan] threatened to cut off federal funding, he denied it...'

Continuing what can only be described as a notorious career of mendacity and duplicity, the Rev. James Meeks has launched an enormous amount of confusion across Illinois by proclaiming, without a factual basis, that Illinois . . .

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Back when Rod Blagojevich was still out of prison and governor of Illinois, the governor joined Arne Duncan (center above) and James Meeks (left) to promote one of the many schemes to use privatization as a short term gimmick to fund Illinois and Chicago schools. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.