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SUBSCRIPT: The announcement should read, 'Chicago Teachers Union' to feature speakers who attack public pensions, back religious based charter schools, and support Common Core at annual LEAD dinner... but...

With a straight face, the current leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union announced in an October 24, 2014 email to the union's members that the featured speakers at the annual LEAD (Legislators, Educators Appreciation Dinner) . . .

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Dyett to reopen? While phase outs are proved to be a mistake -- just ask the people of the "Austins" as gang violence again increases this month

DNA info and other news outlets are reporting that the Board of Education will reopen Dyett High School a year after the current phase out ends. But instead of simply reopening it in September 2015, . . .

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Standardized Schools article from The Nation (1999) appeared at the end of the last century and is still on target today

[Editor's Note: Today our history lesson is the article "Wielding high-stakes tests, a noisy alliance of politicians, corporate CEOs and media pundits seems intent on standardizing education, proclaiming that every kid in America should . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Board of Education will begin meeting in the community, with November 19 meeting to be held at Westinghouse High School... October 22, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education continues privatization as usual but makes several surprises public as well

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held at its apparently last regular monthly meeting at 125 S. Clark Street, before its move to new headquarters downtown. The Board announced that . . .

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Before outlining three serious problems the Chicago Teachers Union was facing with the Board of Education, CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey thanked the Board members for their support of Karen Lewis, who is presently dealing with a serious illness. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

'...I feel strongly that full-scale administration of PARCC in both March and May is unwarranted at this time...' CEO tells Board. 'Park the PARCC' campaign a success as Board reduces 2014 - 2015 PARCC testing in Chicago to a 'sample'

With a citywide "Park the PARCC" campaign and an on line petition gaining momentum across Chicago, the Chicago Board of Education met on October 22, 2014 to hear the surprising announcement from "Chief Executive Officer" . . .

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Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd Bennett announced at the October 22, 2014 meeting of the Board of Education that the Chicago schools will not be doing a full implementation of the PARCC testing program this school year. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Board to meet at Westinghouse High School in November... Board to approve $13 million in privatization of 'snow removal services' and return to 'tax anticipation warrants'... Chicago Board of Education will add to massive and expensive privatization at October 22, 2014 meeting

Once again, the Chicago Board of Education will add to its expensive and controversial programs of privatization at its monthly meeting on October 22, 2014. Among the privatization deals on the agenda for the meeting . . .

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At the September 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, among the Board members present were (left to right) Henry Bienen, Mahalia Hines, Jesse Ruiz, and David Vitale. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

More Than A Score organizing 'Park the PARCC' meetings across Chicago

"More than a Score," a Chicago group critical of high-stakes so-called "standardized" testing programs, has been organizing a campaign called "Park The PARCC" with community meetings around Chicago. The next meeting is scheduled for October . . .

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'...the radicals were removed from the bargaining table and an agreement was reached...' Hinsdale High School teachers union wins contract with a reminder that low voter turnout can put fanatics on your elected school board

Waukegan teachers are still on strike as I write this, but high school teachers in Hinsdale were able to win a contract without a strike after they organized community support and pushed three school board . . .

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World's Richest Man Tries to Defend Wealth Inequality... Bill Gates' critique of Thomas Piketty is revealing for what it overlooks...

[Editor's Note: The keynote speaker from the 2010 convention of the American Federation of Teachers has continued his rampage through logic in a recent discussion of income inequality and Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st . . .

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Whenever Bill Gates pontificates on a social issue, his apologists usually ignore the fact that Bill Gates came from one of the wealthiest families in Seattle. Also ignored is the fact that Microsoft has made most of its money by buying up the patents and copyrights on the work of others and then defending its

'...Thousands Join Street Protest Before Raucous SRC Meeting...' Philadelphia activists escalate protests, as more than 3,000 march against 'School Reform Commission'

[Editor's Note: The following arrticle came to us on the Internet from Philly.com and is followed by other sources about the same topic. In addition to highlighting the ongoing fight against corporte "school reform," the . . .

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Philadelphia protest against the latest outrages from the School Reform Commission.

Philadelphia students block showing of the reactionary movie 'Won't Back Down' at a meeting of the 'School Reform Commission,' while one SRC member screams that the students should be arrested and are from 'FAILING SCHOOLS'!...

Proving the even the worst ideas have eternal life once they are produced by Hollywood, the corporate "school reform" propaganda movie "Won't Back Down" was on the agenda for the meeting of the Philadelphia School . . .

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Members of the Philadelphia Student Union moved from their seats during a meeting of the so-called

Segregation policies led to 'Ferguson'... The Making of Ferguson.... Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summer’s events.

[Editor's Note: The following article by Richard Rothstein appeared at the website of The American Prospect on October 15, 2014. We are reprinting it here because so much of what is narrated in the history . . .

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Ferguson protesters in St. Louis on October 11, 2014. Substance photo by Bob Simpson.

City Club to breathe new life into 'Advance Illinois' with November 20 featuring... Astroturf group and Robin Steans had almost disappeared from public debate because they are such shills for corporate reform and the 'one percent'

It looks like every bad idea to pass through Chicago and Illinois will be revitalized by some outpost of the ruling class between now and the next time the Illinois General Assembly meets. The City . . .

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Robin Steans, executive director of the group

'Wear Red For Karen' on Fridays, CTU says... 'I’ll continue to stand for the city we love and deserve; and look forward to joining you again on the battlefield...' Lewis tells union's members

Following the announcement that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is out of the hospital and resting at home, the Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday, October 16, issued a bulletin headlined "Wear Red For Karen" . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union photo.

More segregation anyone? Should Chicago continue to cater to families who don't want to go to school with THEM? Hancock High conversion to a 'college prep magnet school' hearing scheduled for Tuesday

The public is being quietly invited to a significant hearing on whether Chicago Public Schools will continue to bow to pressure to increase racisl segregation during these years since the Board of Education of the . . .

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Chicago's Hancock

RAHMSWORLD: NAFTA's anniversary... Chicago's guys were a central part of the Clinton administration's NAFTA scheme -- and the other reactionary 'reforms' of the 1990s and since -- so we need to mark NAFTA's 20th anniversary accurately

One of the earliest attacks on working people and unions came during the Clinton administration, when amidst the reactionary attacks of "welfare reform" (which impoverished millions of poor children, leading the way to the worst . . .

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A recent photo of attorney George Munoz, who served as President of the Chicago Board of Education during the mid-1980s.

'Cheerleaders' forgot to bring their weapons?... Carver 'Military Academy' cheerleaders dress (and cheer?) for war -- but Carver's football team can't win against tiny Bowen High School in Columbus Day weekend game!

[Editor's Note: Clarification. Since the publication of this story, a number of individuals have brought to our attention a minor inaccuracy in the original. The group of young ladies in the photograph are not the . . .

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The cheerleaders from Chicago's Carver High School wore their school uniforms while holding their pom pons during the school's losing football game against rival Bowen High School in Chicago on October 11, 2014. Carver was converted into a

Ferguson means fight back: Thousands march in St. Louis against police violence

[Editor's Note: The following article was originally published at originally posted to KOSSACKS on SUN OCT 12, 2014. It was also republished by the Police Accountability Group. Bob Simpson is also a member of the . . .

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Cornel West was among those arrested during civil disobedience as part of the demonstrations in Ferguson over the weekend of October 10 - 13, 2014.

'Our work is not about one leader, one race, or one election. Our work is about building progressive power to restore participatory democracy to Chicago...' Campaign office announces that Karen Lewis will not run for mayor of Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not continue in her bid to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the coordinator of Lewis's "exploratory committee" announced on Monday, October 13, 2014. Lewis had been under treatment . . .

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In addition to leading the Chicago Teachers Union since 2010, Karen Lewis has become a national leader in the fight for justice, equity, and public schools. Above, on July 12, 2014, Lewis joined with Asean Johnson (then a ten-year-old CPS student) at the podium at the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers. While Johnson spoke, Karen Lewis (left), Jitu Brown (third from left), Randi Weingarten (second from right) and Loretta Johnson (right) looked on. Substance photo by Kati Gilson.

'...trying to micromanage 100,000 schools from Washington is precisely what Duncan has been doing...' Arne Duncan's six years of meddling criticized from 'right' to 'left'

When the Chicago Plan for corporate "school reform" was first launched in Chicago following the passage of the 1995 Amendatory Act [to the 1988 School Reform Act] by the all-Republican Illinois state government (the Senate, . . .

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Arne Duncan was not selected to be a part of the Cabinet of Barack Obama because of his basketball skills, but because he would ruthlessly impose the