Protst against Rahm's layoffs at City Hall... 'This is despicable, disgusting and completely unacceptable...'

A little over two hundred teachers, students, parents and union members marched on LaSalle street in front of city hall to demonstrate their opposition for the reported layoff of 1,400 educators and the reduction of . . .

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Protesters at Chicago's City Hall after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the latest attack on the city's real public schools following the payment by the Board of Education of the $634 million payment due to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF). Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

Ruiz and Vitale 'purge' Byrd Bennett's innner circle, but CPS doesn't explain why those who hired them in the first place -- Ruiz and Vitale -- are still in power... Nor has CPS explained why only the women among BBB's cronies have been dumped....

The news about Chicago Public Schools was exploding during the days before Chicago began the Fourth of July weekend, with the Chicago Sun-Times reporting on July 3, 2015, that the CPS leadership had finally gotten . . .

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Above, Barbara Byrd Bennett's

CPS PURGE SEXIST? Why did Vitale and Ruiz dump some of the women who were part of Barbara Byrd Bennett's 'inner circle' of out-of-town cronies -- but, as of the July 4 weekend, none of the guys?...

Shades of Donald Trump or some benighted Republican? Rahm Emanuel and the obsessively politically correct bunch surrounding him being male chauvinist?! Given that Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel is obsessive about making sure that every time . . .

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The mystery of how Chicago discovered that a Memphis Tennessee bureaucrat named John Barker was the best guy to be

Hillary? Eli Broad and the Clintons... Rolling back the New Deal and pushing corporate 'reforms'...

"For some people, sleep seems incidental. If you are one of them, I envy you. Bill Clinton, who I have known since he was governor of Arkansas, sticks out in my mind as someone who . . .

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Long time allies. Left to right: Hillary Clinton, Eli Broad, Edythe Broad, Bill Clinton.

Raise Your Hand schedules forum on CPS budget, 'cuts', and claims...

After the July 1, 2015 announcement by CPS officials that the public schools system will be making budget "cuts", some of which will supposedly reduce the school system's massive administrative offices (central and "networks"), the . . .

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'Broke on Purpose' charges detailed in exposé of the lies of CPS budget claims and financial priorities under both mayors Daley and Emanuel... Chicago Teachers Union budget analysis exposes CPS officials' lies about reduction in administrative costs and other financial materials...

A four-page document analyzing the massive Chicago Public Schools budget has been released by the Chicago Teachers Union. The document challenges every claim made since 2011 about the actual priorities of the city's massive public . . .

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Issued July 1, 2015, the CTU budget analysis proves that budget claims by Rahm Emanuel and the Board of Education since May 2011 have been lies.

Board continued to stick its finger in teachers' eyes at May and June meetings, expanding wasteful privatization expenses while screaming about the fiscal 'crisis'...

Although the Chicago Board of Education, backed by some of the city's wealthiest and most powerful people (including the editors of the Chicago Tribune, but not the reporters), continued claiming its fiscal "crisis" during April, . . .

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Members of the Chicago Board of Education continued their cynical disregard for the needs of the schools and their legal obligations during the June 24, 2015 Board meeting. Above, left to right, on stage at Brooks High School during the meeting, are Mahalia Hines, David Vitale, Carlos Azcoitia, Gail Ward, and Jesse Ruiz. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Board of Education pays full pension payment after lengthy game of 'Chickie' with the public on behalf of Rahm Emanuel and the world's ruling class.... Jesse Ruiz announces layoffs of 1,400 from the city's schools as the divide and conquers tactics continue...

Despite one last attempt by officials of the Chicago Board of Education and the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bully the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF), the leaders of the . . .

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Despite attempts by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make himself dictator of the pension fund, legislators blocked the mayor's moves against the democratic election of the fund's trustees, ten of whom are elected. Six of those are elected by active duty teachers. The current president of the fund's trustees, Whitney Young High School teacher Jay C. Rehak (above), has been actively studying the finances of the Chicago Public Schools longer than any of the current members of the Chicago Board of Education, and like the trustees for teachers and retired teachers, Rehak knows more in more detail than the every changing administrators across the Loop at CPS headquarters. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

MEDIA WATCH: From 'Chicagoland' to 'The Wire', and from Rahm Emanuel to Stringer Bell.... Has Chicago's mayor been using a 'burner' cell phone to contact negotiator and evade the Freedom of Information Act? ...how 'Hillarying' Hillary Clinton...

As negotiations grew more and more intense between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education's "team" of lawyers and administrators during June 2015, people on the union side began noting that the . . .

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Rahm in a scene from

Board lays off 1,400 school staff... Revenge for forcing pension payment?

At the same time the Chicago Board of Education was making the mandatory payment of $634 million to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, officials of Chicago Public Schools announced that 1,400 teachers and other school . . .

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Ruiz and Cawley appear before pension trustees to propose a deal... CTPF looks to approve Board plan to spread out 2016 and 2017 pension payments....

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) heard from three top financial officials on the morning of July 1, 2015, following the cliffhanger payment of the full $624 million that Chicago Public Schools owed to the . . .

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Arne Duncan’s Patently False Promise to Forgive Student Debts at For-Profit Schools... A Black Agenda Radio commentary...

[Editor's Note: Sorry we missed this one earlier, but we are still busy tracking the lies that Arne Duncan told before he left Chicago in January 2009 to take the Chicago plan national thanks to . . .

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Despite the fact that he never taught a month in any public (or private) school classroom, Chicago's Arne Duncan was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama in January 2009. The reason? Duncan had implemented corporate America's

The 'bankruptcy' boogeyman haunts corporate media... David Vitale has been covering up the massive mismanagement of CPS borrowing by David Vitale, Arne Duncan, and the top officials of America's third-largest school system... Bankruptcy in Chicago? Another bit of ruling class nonsense...

By May and June 2015, it was obvious that the refusal of the leaders of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education refused to request arbitration on the so-called "toxic swaps" (variable rate bonds) was . . .

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Saqib Bhatti of the Roosevelt Institute made a presentation at the September 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education explaining to the Board, months before a lowered bond rating resulted in millions of dollars in penalties because of the Board's variable rate bond deals, that the Board could go to arbitration to challenge the deals, called

Why the negotiations broke off? Contract forum by CTU... Report on CTU-CPS Contract Negotiations - Community Forum

A report on the CTU contract negotiations prepared by Labor Beat is now available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/1MxMtQ_tcig. The June 26, 2015 announcement that contract talks have been broken off makes this video more important . . .

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CTU members listen to the contract forum on May 19, 2015. Labor Beat photo by Larry Duncan.

'Negotiations broken off!' Chicago Teachers Union announces following continuing attacks on union by Board of Education, ruling class hacks...

Less than four days after some officials of the Chicago Teachers Union were talking hopefully that the union might reach an agreement on a new contract before the June 30, 2015 expiration of the current . . .

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Surrounded by members of the

Charleston, the KKK, white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the lies we were told as 'history' -- and 'literature' and art -- 'The Confederate flag is directly tied to the Confederate cause, and the Confederate cause was white supremacy...'

One of the best times I had during the years the Chicago Board of Education was firing me for heresy (publishing the ridiculous CASE tests in Substance) happened in Atlanta, Georgia, at a convention of . . .

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Reportedly the first movie screened at The White House, the film

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of June 24, 2015 highlighted by suppression of public participation and further touting of charter schools expansion.... CTU Financial Secretary pulled from microphone on Vitale's orders while speaking listing the Board's latest wasteful expenses...

Once again, the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting in a South Side side neighborhood community on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The meeting at the spacious campus of Gwendolyn Brooks College . . .

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The Board of Education members were arrayed on stage at Brooks High School on June 24, 2015. Above, left to right: Mahalia Hines, David Vitale, Carlos Azcoitia, and Gail Ward. Substance photo by David Vance.

PENSION UPDATE: CTPF still demanding full payment of CPS pension money.... Board of Education approves additional hundreds of millions in charterization and privatization at its June 24 meeting, while claiming the pension is what's bankrupting Chicago schools...

After the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a bill proposed by Chicago Rep. Barbara Flynn Curry, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) reiterated its demand that the Chicago Board of Education pay in full . . .

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Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale was still power at the Board's June 24, 2015 meeting, despite the overwhelming evidence that a part of the Chicago Public Schools's so-called

Union busting, Chicago - style... Rally at Urban Prep charter school's 'board' meeting challenges firing of 17 teachers who unionized -- then were fired this month!... Speakers at June 25 rally challenge Urban Prep's lies, CPS expansion of the school...

The "Urban Prep Academies" charter schools network in Chicago has become the latest battleground in the war on teachers unions. A rally at the school followed an end-of-the-year announcement by Urban Prep's leadership that the . . .

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Samuel Adams, who says he has worked at Urban Prep for 8 years, praised one of the teachers fired by the board of the non-profit organization that operates a " width=200>