Members First monthly meeting tomorrow, November 21, 2017, after school at Connie's... Leadership refusing to explain why there is a big rush to make the greatest changes in the CTU Constitution in history...

The monthly meeting of the "Members First" group within the Chicago Teachers Union will take place tomorrow, November 21, 2017, at Connie's Pizza after school. As usual the group will be discussing some of the . . .

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Despite massive propaganda demanding that the CTU members approve their proposed revisions to the union's Constitution and By-Laws, the CTU officers (including above Vice President Jesse Sharkey, President Karen Lewis, and Financial Secretary Maria Moreno) have been unable to get the union's school delegates to agree to the changes. Among the most controversial of those changes are a proposal to bring Chicago's charter school teachers into the CTU, a proposal to begin to call the CTU a so-called

History lesson about Trump's forebears goes viral -- 'A Night At The Garden' shows American Nazis in 1939 in New York City...

Those who have followed closely the racist history of the family of Donald Trump back through his father Fred Trump know already that the Trump's have long been on the far out far right of . . .

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Cullerton blocks elected school board bill...

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has effectively blocked legislation that was supposed to provide Chicago with an elected school board within three years. According to a November 10 press release from Raise Your Hand:
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A history curriculum worth following... Civil War books recommended by The Atlantic and by Substance...

When the President of the United States and the White House Chief of Staff both push lies about our own history -- the history of the United States of America -- it's time for teachers . . .

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The best single history of the U.S. Civil War is

Two new faces on pension board of trustees following recent election... Rodriguez returned to pension board defeating incumbent Bob Bures...

There will be two new faces on the Pension Board of Trustees following the recent election for trustees. Although the contests for teacher and principal trustees were uncontested (two candidates for the teacher spots; one . . .

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CTU leadership fails to bring home a vote for massive changes to the union Constitution and By-Laws at November 1, 2017 meeting... Quorum call ends meeting and postpones major vote at least until January...

Despite massive preparation that included rehearsals at the union's Executive Board meeting, the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union were unable to bring in a "yes" vote on a list of massive changes to the . . .

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Major changes facing Chicago Teachers Union as House of Delegates meets to consider several amendments to the union Constitution...

Several major changes are being proposed by the union's leadership as the CTU House of Delegates meetings on November 1, 2017, with amendments to the union's Constitution and By-Laws the major items on the HOD . . .

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Chicago violence continues even as most youngsters enjoy Halloween

Gun violence -- most of it the result of rivalries among Chicago's major drug gangs -- continued in certain parts of the city, even as most youngsters enjoyed a Halloween. The city had clear, albeit . . .

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Two of three pension trustee elections cancelled because they are uncontested... Only retirees will be voting this year...

Elections for two of three categories of elected trustees to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) have been cancelled because there is no contest in the election. Two teacher trustees are running unopposed, as is . . .

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LEAD Dinner 2017 hears from gubernatorial candidates and several legislators...

The Chicago Teachers Union LEAD (Legislators Educators Appreciation Dinner) Dinner 2017 was held at the CTU Carroll St. center on Friday, October 27, 2017. It was the first LEAD since 2015, as the event was . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education's October 2017 meeting

The Chicago Board of Education (CBOE) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 42 West Madison Street, lower level. Many of the concerns were the same as last month, Special Education, Nightingale . . .

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CPS ordered to release scab list from the CTU one-day so-called 'strike' of April Fool's Day...

The Illinois Attorney General's office has ordered the Chicago Public Schools to release the list of all teachers who "worked" on April 1, 2016, the day of the one-day so-called "strike" called by the Chicago . . .

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has ruled that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that school districts provide the public with a list of all those who worked on any particular day. The October 2017 ruling by the Attorney General means that Chicago Public Schools officials must provide Substance with a listing of all teachers who

Secret plans to reduce special ed programs revealed by WBEZ... City Council's Progressive Caucus demands that Claypool testify before the Council...

Following an explosive investigative report on Chicago's WBEZ radio, critics of the Chicago Board of Education and the administration of CEO Forrest Claypool have become even more active. One result of the revelation that Claypool . . .

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'Spitting' lies still loom large in Ken Burns's 'Vietnam'... History as written, in part, by the cowards like Sylvester Stallone ('Rambo') and others who lived the 'Draft Dodger Rag'...

Aware that a Ken Burns video about a part of our history is likely to become a major piece of the curriculum by means of which American children (including my own) learn the "lessons" of . . .

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After dodging the Vietnam War Draft from the safety of an expensive private school for rich kids in Switzerland, Sylvester Stallone returned to the safety of the post-Vietnam War USA to begin a career as a shameless propagandist for the whitewashing of history on behalf of U.S. imperialism's version of Vietnam. The

Eyewitness... The Situation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands: What the Press Is Not Reporting

As Donald Trump has been tweeting about NFL players not standing for the pledge or how he is being badly treated by the press (“Fake News”), the people in the American territories of Puerto Rico . . .

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Donald Trump-style capitalism in action a week after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands. Substance photo courtesy of Julia Hickey.

CTA strike looms... Union activist explains strike issues to Chicago Metro Retirees...

ChicagoMetro Retirees, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans met on September 25, 2017. The topics for discussion were Trump Care and Why 98% of CTA El Train Workers Voted Yes to a Preliminary Strike Vote. The . . .

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Members First to meet Tuesday at Connie's Pizza...

The "Members First" group of Chicago Teachers Union members announced that it will hold its October meeting on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 5:30 PM at Connie's Pizza, 2373 South Archer Avenue. Chicago, IL 60616. CTU . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union leaders preoccupied with deviant 'social justice' agendas while Chicago's general high schools and neighborhood elementary schools are screwed -- again -- during the opening weeks of school...

Once again, Chicago's general high schools have been forced to open for the 2017 - 2018 school year without enough teachers to staff the classrooms of all the students who have been arriving. Once again, . . .

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While thousands of Chicago children await their real teachers in the city's general high schools and neighborhood elementary schools, the officers of the Chicago Teachers Union have diverted the union into ignoring the real problems of the city's schools and the teachers who pay more than $1,100 per year in union dues while promoting a so-called

CTU officers forced to post NLRB notice after CTU loses an unfair labor practice complaint from its own workers...

[img=9883]As the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union move towards consolidating a corporate-style reign over the union's 25,000 members, other anti-union aspects of the CTU's current regime are becoming more transparent (even as the union's . . .

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Despite widespread public relations claims on the Left that the Chicago Teachers Union under the CORE leadership is a leading light in