Comment by Mahalia Hines demonstrates hypocrisy of Chicago Board of Education members... 'How will Dyett get students?' remark blithely ignores Hines's five years of votes to sabotage Dyett and a hundred other real public schools...

Less than an hour after an ambulance arrived at the August 26, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education arrived to take one of the hunger strikers from Dyett High School to the hospital, . . .

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Tenth Ward alderman Sue Sadlowski Garza (right) and University of Illinois Professor Pauline Lipman (background, with glasses) assist one of the Dyett hunger strikers away from the podium during the August 26, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by David Vance.

The Chicago Teachers Union and its 'Quest Center' ... Solidarity or Sellout?....

Judging from what landed in my e-mail on Aug. 25, I have to assume that CTU is tone deaf -- or worse. On the same day that Twitter was booming with messages of solidarity with . . .

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Although she no longer is chief of the Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center, Lynn Cherkasky Davis, above right, is still at the Quest Center and arranging professional development sessions. Above, a year before she was ousted as President of the Chicago Teachers Union, Marilyn Stewart went to breakfast at the Hyatt Hotel in Chicago to listen to a message about corporate school reform featuring Arne Duncan and the leaders of an anti-union group called

Access Living and other disability rights groups hold press conference and protest against special education budget cuts despite being barred from use of the full space adjacent to the Board of Education headquarters...

At 9:00 on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, before the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meeting in which it was expected they would vote on the district’s “budget,” Access Living and other advocates for students and . . .

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Those protesting against the Board of Education's cuts to special education included children with disabilities, disability rights activists, and the parents of children with disabilities. The sign

Union leads protest at Bank of America... 'CPS is robbing our schools to give to the banks...'

As one sign read: “Robbing Our Schools to Give to the Banks” On the morning of Wednesday, August 26, 2015, as the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meeting took place inside, a march of approximately . . .

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Protesters on August 26, 2015 pointed out that the financial problems facing Chicago's public schools were caused by the fact that CPS officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel favor the banks over the people. Substance photo by David Vance.

'... In Chicago, Hunger Striking to Save a School...' Dyett hunger strike begins second week as Board of Education continues moving to destroy Dyett High School...

[Editor's Note: A growing number of stories are being published now about the Dyett hunger strike. With the publication of the following story, Substance will begin daily coverage of the Dyett hunger strike. George N. . . .

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American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten joined the hunger strikers at Chicago's Dyett High School on August 26, 2015, the day one of the hunger strikers had to be taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital during a meeting of the Chicago Board of Education.

Access Living Budget analysis for 2015 - 2016 released... '...“one has to go back to the fiscal crisis of CPS running from 1972 leading up to the district’s complete collapse in December 1979 to enter a period comparable to the present reality of CPS...'

[Editor's Note: The following analysis of the Chicago Public Schools budget for the 2015 - 2016 school year ("Fiscal Year 2016", FY16) is reprinted here. The analysis, available in PDF format, is 23 pages long. . . .

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Access Living's Rodney Estvan testified at the CPS budget hearing at Schurz High School on August 18, 2015. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Board of Education agenda continues wasteful, mindless privatization push while CPS budget looms for passage... Why does Chicago need to hire a New York corporation to do 'cash modeling' for its public schools (rather than its own Chief Financial Officer and her staff)?...

When is a "no-bid" contract not a no-bid contract? Answer: When it's part of an intergovernmental deal. Five hours before the beginning of the August 26, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, t's . . .

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A close look at the Board Report which will get Chicago to pay at least a half million dollars to Ernst & Young reveals that the proposed deal is actually a

Report shows racism underlying Chicago corporate 'school reform'... '... it is time to restore democracy to our school district and place resources back into classrooms, where they belong...'

A new report released on August 24, 2015 by the Chicago Teachers Union exhaustively demonstrates that behind the masquerade of "school reform" has been a ruthless racist agenda that undermined the city's black and Latino . . .

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Rauner and Rahm, the odd couple of Illinois politics... 'On one issue — and it’s the most fundamental issue — Rauner and Emanuel stand arm-in-arm. Both oppose the kind of progressive revenue solutions that would target the millionaire class to which they belong and which they represent...'

[Editor's Note: The article below, by our acquaintance Curtis Black, was published by the Chicago Reporter on August 23, 2015. We are sharing it here with one additional note. From his beginnings in Chicago politics, . . .

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Three of the reactionary leaders of

Claypool's lies exceed expectations in letter claiming charter funding is not rigged against neighborhood schools... Sun-Times 'Letter' tries to obfuscate continued favoring of privatization and charters...

Rookie Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Forrest Claypool showed off his propaganda skills in a letter to the Chicago Sun-Times following a Better Government Association study that showed charter schools getting an edge over . . .

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Above, Chicago Public Schools

Union and CORE meetings set for August 24... 'Chicago Teacher' video and music are a reminder of our most recent roots... Protests and 'People's Board Meeting' to take place at CPS on August 26...

Chicago teachers and supporters remained militant and organized during the summer of 2012, as Chicago's billionaires and plutocracy angled for a confrontation with the Chicago Teachers Union's members and allies. Activities were escalating across the . . .

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One of the dozen major marches during the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012 took place on September 12, 2012 (above). Chicago's ruling class seems to believe that its lies about

BUDGET HEARING, MALCOLM X: '...we as advocates for AYLP are appalled and distraught by the proposed CPS budget cuts that will affect Special Education and students with disabilities...' Disability rights advocate challenges Board to stop cuts in special ed...

The budget hearing at Malcolm X College on August 18, 2015 was sparsely attended, but the audience was" appalled and distraught" over cuts of money, transportation services and staff in Special Education. The hearing was . . .

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Those representing the

MEDIA WATCH: Unlike many corporate media outlets, WBEZ reports special education cuts, CPS lies, with accuracy... Schurz hearing report is accurate ... CPS tries (and fails) to manipulate interview with Access Living budget expert...

[Editor's Note: The Chicago Sun-Times ignored the annual budget hearings, and has not, as of August 21, 2015, bothered to cover the stories from the annual budget hearings or the "Proposed Budget." The Chicago Tribune . . .

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Access Living's Rod Estvan testified with critical detail against the Board of Education's attacks on special education children in the Proposed Budget. Estvan was later interviewed exclusively by WBEZ radio, which refused to allow CPS officials to rebut Estvan's statements by appearing separately, instead of in a give-and-take when Estvan was on the air. CPS manipulation of most of Chicago's corporate media is one of the major scandals in American media in 2015. CPS officials generally get away with refusing to hold press conferences, and instead do

BUDGET HEARING, SCHURZ: CPS offiicials -- including Claypool -- hear outrage from people of the Northwest Side... CPS officials smile as speaker after speaker exposes CPS strategy of sabotaging the real public schools and increasing money for privatization, especially charter schools...

Officials of Chicago Public Schools tried to shut down every speaker who breathed a word after having gotten the allocated two minutes to testify about the Proposed Budget for the 2015 - 2016 school year . . .

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Denise Little, Forrest Claypool, and Tim Cawley sitting on stage at Chicago's Schurz High School as the budget hearing began on August 18, 2015. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BUDGET HEARINGS, OLIVE-HARVEY: CPS officials cynically answer questions at sparsely attended budget hearing at Oliver Harvey College during annual budget hearings August 18, 2015...

Protesters from Dyett High School were doing a hunger strike five miles away, and none of them showed up at the budget hearings held at Olive-Harvey College on Chicago's far South Side on the evening . . .

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CPS officials who were at the budget hearing at Olive-Harvey College included the newly appointed

INDIVIDUAL BUDGET TESTIMONIES: Kevyn Park Alum Jennifer Velazquez, August 18 at Schurz... 'Why are you setting up the students of Kelvyn Park up for failure?...'

My name is Jennifer Velazquez, I graduated from Kelvyn Park in 2012. I now attend Northeastern Illinois University, majoring in secondary education and currently the Community Representative for Kelvyn Park High School’s Local School Council. . . .

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Former Kelvyn Park High School student Jennifer Velazquez received applause when she told the Board to stop sabotaging her alma mater, and that she was studying education in college because she wants to go back and teach at the school. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BUDGET WATCH 2015 III: Claypool and Clark may continue the 'rebranding' of Special Education in Chicago, but the gutting of services to Chicago's disabled poor children will continue as a national disgrace, example of Chicago hypocrisy...

Like so many bad ideas that began in Chicago, the attempt by Chicago's corporate reformers to "rebrand" special education services and call it "Diverse Learners" has not succeeded in any other city. But that hasn't . . .

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By the December 19, 2012 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (above), Markay Winston, who had been brought to Chicago the previous summer from Ohio, was head of special education. Winston and the Board of Education had by that time already

Massive protest against Noble charters expected at Kelly High School August 18...

Southwest Side community, union and school leaders are expecting a huge turnout to protest the attempt by the Noble Network of Charter Schools to expand into the McKinley Park community. A meeting is scheduled for . . .

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NAC meeting hears challenges to adding charter schools in Chicago's Austin community...

For the city our students deserve
Rebecca Martinez, a CTU organizer, sent me an e-mail that said, “Chicago Public Schools (CPS) formed Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) in communities where CPS received proposals to open new . . .

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Part of the Power Point presented at the Austin NAC meeting on August 13, 2015. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

BUDGET WATCH 2015 II: Claypool says he's doing it 'for the sake of the children.' But his Proposed Budget shows a large increase in lawyers -- both at CPS and as outside contractors -- while a ruthless reduction from special education takes place in the days before the budget hearings...

One question you won't see on one of the dozens of tests forced on the people of Chicago every school year in the city's public schools: What do Chicago's children need more of during the . . .

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A serious investigative story in the Chicago Sun-Times of August 16, 2015, reported that attorney Langdon Neal, of Neal & Leroy, had brought a windfall 400 percent profit to a corporation he represents on a deal involving the area near McCormick Place. Langdon Neal's clout includes getting vaguely defined public business from many parts of Chicago, including the Chicago Board of Education. Since Rahm Emanuel appointed the Board in May 2011, Neal's firm has routinely received a million dollars per year in CPS business, despite the fact that CPS has one of the largest in-house law departments of any public body. Most recently, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pay $500,000 to Neal's firm at its January 2015 meeting.