RUTHLESS RAUNER REGIME: McKinley Park teach-in on May 11 will explore how nasty the attack on unions and democracy in Rauner's 'Illinois Turnaround' is....

ON Monday, May 11 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, McKinley Park Progressives will host a teach in on the Rauner Budget cuts. The event will take place at the Mckinley Park Branch Library, Damen . . .

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One of the panelists at the McKinley Park May 11 event will be Jennie Biggs of Raise Your Hand. Above, Biggs after being insulted by David Vitale at the April 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. (See the Substance BOARDWATCH report on that meeting, for a description of the encounter). Substance photo by David Vance.

CORRUPTION CPS: Did Vitale and Ruiz extend Byrd Bennett's current contract just before the feds raided her homes?... Can CPS fire Barbara Byrd Bennett? Check out her complete contract... Approved by the Board of Education, but a well-kept secret....

Did the Chicago Board of Education award Barbara Byrd Bennett and additional year in office (at a quarter million dollars annual salary, plus "performance" bonuses and other perks) just before the recent revelation that federal . . .

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During the unprecedented press conference following the April 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz (above) tried to continue to evade most questions about his votes over the past four years. Those included voting in favor of the now infamous SUPES principal training contract, the monthly vote to keep all Executive Session minutes of the Board secret, and his routine support for the blackout on most news by the CPS Office of Communications since his vote to appoint Rad Blagoevich's former staff aide Becky Carroll as the Board's $165,000-per-year

LABOR BEAT EMERGENCY: Loyola trying to screw Labor Express in favor of 'contempoary music'!... 'WLUW's Station Manager Sam Israel explained that the reason was to make the station

Is Loyola University trying to silence Chicago's Labor Express show after years? Chicago's only English language labor-oriented radio show, Labor Express, has been on WLUW-FM for some twenty years, but has now been suddenly told . . .

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It's unclear whether St. Ignatius ordered that work on behalf of

OPT OUT NEWS: CPS officials continue lying, saying 'no distribution to students...'... Administrators at Chicago's Murphy Elementary School try to stop leaflet distribution... Chicago movement grows... New York Opt Out nears 200,000 count...

The Chicago Opt Out movement continues building, with literature distributed by activists. We had another very good experience taking the opt-out message to another school. On Friday, April 24, 2015, Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair . . .

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Chicago's Murphy Elementary School.

CORRUPTION CPS: Byrd-Bennett federal 'Investigation' and raids predictable... years of Substance's reporting of Chicago malfeasance and illicit activity ignored... CPS is still covering up most of the facts... as a small example, who paid for Byrd Bennett's dozens of First Class trips back to her re

Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd-Bennett (BBB to some) is now under federal investigation for a $20-million dollar no bid contract to SUPES academy. SUPES Academy is a company she worked for. At . . .

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Continuing the cover up, Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz (left) and Board President David Vitale (center) head to the Board's second press conference of the years since Ruiz and Vitale were appointed to the Board in May and June 2011. One of the first policies instituted by Ruiz and Vitale after they were appointed by Rahm Emanuel in 2011 was to end unscripted press conference for the first time in CPS history. Instead, the CPS

MEDIA WATCH: Jon Stewart takes on the privileges of Wall Street's corruptions versus the harsh punishments of corrupt teachers... Daily Show now needs to come to Chicago and take on the Corruption CPS stories along with Rahm's obsession with 'Chiraq'....

Even though Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show (which some of us began watching when the middle Bush was President of the United States), he hasn't lost his edge in the years since the . . .

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Teachers go to jail, bankers get fines and continue in their culture of corruption...

OPT OUT Chicago: Leafletting continues about PARCC Opt Out at North River Elementary... 'many stopped to share their view that the tests they did take in March were unfair and too hard, and that they didn't see any point in taking them and didn't like it...'

A four-person team from Albany Park, North Park, and Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice had a good time distributing leaflets in English and Spanish against the Common Core PARCC tests on April 23, 2015 . . .

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Garza thanks supporters for victory in 10th Ward... 'WE DID IT TOGETHER!'

[Editor's Note: Sue Garza, our CTU and CORE sister, won one of the tightest aldermanic races in Chicago history by defeating incumbent alderman John Pope, a Rahm Emanuel loyalist, by ten votes in the April . . .

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Garza poster.

Randi Weingarten: Sleight of Hand Artist – Part 2...

“The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the oldest and most influential of the pro-business right-wing think tanks. It promotes the advancement of free enterprise capitalism, and has been extremely . . .

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Randi Weingarten speaking to the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates on April Fool's Day 2015. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

CPS LIES: Another year, another 'billion dollar deficit',... And another bunch of 'Magic Numbers' from CPS (and, as usual, the Chicago Tribune)... But this time, they assure us, 'It's the truth... honest it is! Honest!'...

Heard the one about the 'Billion Dollar Deficit'? Right on schedule, nearly three months before the Board will even be presenting its Proposed Budget for public review, the Chicago Public Schools has presented the public . . .

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The Chicago Board of Education's

AFT joins in reforming 'Reform'?... An ESEA only corporations should love... and a Quiz for those who want to know more....

The original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 provided a huge financial carrot for Southern education apartheid states to finally desegregate their schools, which was to finally come over a decade after the . . .

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Ignoring the militant labor union history of the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten (left) invited the union-busting chief of Microsoft, Bill Gates (center) to deliver a major address to the AFT's national convention in Seattle in July 2010. At the time, AFT was taking millions of dollars (to the national and some state organizations) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote Gates's versions of

BOARDWATCH: 'No Remorse' is how parents saw the Board members at the April 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education... Public Tells CPS: 'No Remorse and No Credibility'....Board members tell the public 'Sit down and shut up!' as usual....

“No Remorse” is how Ronald Jackson described the Board of Education on April 22, 2015. Jackson, who had been banned from the Board meetings for several months, had broken through the blacklist and spoke to . . .

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Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale sowed no remorse about the Board's crimes at the April 22 Board meeting. Substance photo by David Vance.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of April 22, 2015 highlighted by Board's continued support for its failed policies and people... Ruiz becomes 'Interim CEO' of CPS....Critics cut off after two minutes and then told 'Sit down and shut up!' by Vitale (as usual)....

Surprisingly, there were no protesters outside the new headquarters of the Chicago Board of Education at 42 West Madison Street before the regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2014. Nobody protested the excessive standardized . . .

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Some of the highest-paid CPS administrators are seen saying the

Garza wins in 10th Ward by 20 votes out of 11,630... Board of Election Commissioners makes final announcement April 21... recount likely....

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners announced on April 21, 2015 that Sue Sadlowski Garza had won the alderman's race in the 10th Ward against John Pope by 20 votes, in one of the closest . . .

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The new 10th Ward alderman Sue Sadlowski Garza debated the incumbent John Pope of March 28 (above) a little less than a week before the April 7 voting. After all the absentee ballots were finally counted, the Board of Election Commissioners announced on April 21 that Garza had won by 20 votes out of 11,630. Substance photo by David Vance.

REVIEWS: “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here, What it is ain’t exactly clear”... Reviews of 'Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-first Century' and 'We Created Chavez: A People’s History, A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution'...

“There’s somethin’ happenin’ here, What it is ain’t exactly clear” (Stephen Stills): A Review of Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Steve Ellner (Rowman and . . .

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Latin America's Radical Left, Edited by Steve Ellner, should be recommended reading for every radical teacher and unionist in the USA.

CPS CORRUPTION: 'Single source' contracts (for some things) are no longer cool with Jesse and David... How the Board discover the 'Talented Ms. Saegert' (and about 60 other executives) since May and June 2011?... Not one of them was ever advertised in Education Week or the Sunday New York Times...

As Rahm Emanuel and his ilk have known and practices since his days as a fundraiser for Richard M. Daley (and then Bill Clinton), one of the tricks is to set the media agenda. And . . .

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The Chicago Board of Education hired Rhonda Corr Saegert in mid-2014 from her previous job, as a

LABOR BEAT: Rally for education justice... '... the working class needed to prepare for the long haul...' also, the new IVAW art video...

"Jump Your Butt In! Rally for Education Justice" is the latest Labor Beat video. Now that we know we've got Rahm 2.0 back at City Hall, we can take a look at some of the . . .

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CTU VP Jesse Sharkey.

CORRUPTION CPS: When the federal grand jury questions Sherry Ulery and Tracy Martin Thompson on April 21, 2015, the questions that won't be asked -- like why are they in Chicago -- will be as important to Chicago's public schools' future as the ones that will probably be asked...

The perp walks for criminal "educators" now move from Atlanta to Chicago. Two of the highest-paid officials in Chicago's public school system go before a federal grand jury on April 21, 2015, the public must . . .

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By the January 23, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, Ohio's Sherry Ulery was seated among the Board's top executives and was being paid $155,000 per year as

CORRUPTION CPS: How the Board wasted more than a billion dollars -- and proved once again that the 'deficit' is a lie... Chicago schools vendor spending has gone wild -- a 122% Increase since 2004... so now the missing $1.4 billion budget deficit found...

In a page out of "Bizarro World", where everything is opposite of what it seems, Substance News research into Chicago Public Schools vendor spending has uncovered 1.4 billion dollars of increased spending. During the recent . . .

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Just because the Sun-Times headlines scream doesn't mean they are true, accurate, or honest. The Chicago Board of Education has been creating phony

CORRUPTION CPS: SUPES deal was just one of many corrupt actions by the Board of Education as we protested on June 26, 2013... How much did the public know about the SUPES deal at the time of the June 2013 Chicago Board of Education meeting?

Like hundreds of others, I was at the June 26, 2013 Chicago Board of Education meeting where the $20 million SUPES contract was voted on. There was a protest that morning, but we did not . . .

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Newly appointed Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo and Barbara Byrd Bennett pledging during the Board meeting of June 26, 2013. Clearly in retrospect, Board critics note, Barbara Byrd Bennett buried the infamous