BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of July 22, 2015 was highlighted by renewed public protests against budget lies... Later, the Board continued insulting unions, promoting expensive and vacuous privatization schemes, and fawning on charter schools...

The regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education held at the Board's "new" downtown headquarters (in the old Sears store building, a building not meant for the administration of the nation's third largest . . .

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Four of the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education shown pledging allegiance at the beginning of the Board meeting of July 22, 2015. The meeting was the final meeting for Board President David Vitale (third from left), who was first appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011. Substance photo by David Vance.

SUBSTANCE ANNIVERSARY, HISTORY... Substance begins 41st year... Series of historical articles planned... to be labeled SUBSHISTORY (Date)...

With the publication of the August Home Page here at substancenews.net, Substance begins our 41st year of publication. Substance began as a mimeographed newsletter, produced on a Gestetner mimeograph machine, in August 1975. Originally, Substance . . .

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What does your professor have in common with the McDonald's worker?... 'Working Poor' include adjunct faculty of City Colleges of Chicago... Labor Beat video...

Adjunct faculty from the campuses of the City Colleges of Chicago held a rally and informational picket in front of City Hall on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Their goal was to educate city council members . . .

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City Colleges of Chicago adjunct faculty held an informational picket at City Hall on July 29, 2015 while the City Council met. Photo Larry Duncan for Labor Beat.

American Enterprise Institute 'scholar' speaks critically against Common Core... Really?...

Rick Hess, the resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the right-wing American Policy Institute, has an article in the Fall 2014 issue of National Affairs: “How the Common Core Went Wrong”. It . . .

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Frederick Hess, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Loyola University kills 'Labor Express' as Loyola University President is given seat on the Chicago Board of Education by Rahm Emanuel...

April 26, 2015 was the last "Labor Express" broadcast on WLUW-FM. This was Chicago’s only English-language labor-oriented radio show, for 11 years at WLUW, and before that, since the early 90s, at other venues. But . . .

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'Unscientific American' article retrieves aged nonsense about how students should learn and why corporate 'reform' testing is OK based on another one of those semi-fictional fairy tales about a classroom that 'works' (to raise test scores)...

Three weeks ago, when the latest issue of "Scientific American" arrived in our mailbox (we have a subscription to the print edition, as well as getting it on line), we noted but didn't read carefully . . .

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The August 2015 edition of Scientific American features an article entitled

Chicago Newsroom features Troy LaRaviere... Excerpts here...

Troy LaRaviere, principal of Chicago's Blaine Elementary School, wrote on July 28, 2015: On July 23, 2015 I had the pleasure of appearing on Chicago Newsroom with Ken Davis as he covered the latest news . . .

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Troy LaRaviere and Ken Davis on Chicago Newsroom, July 23, 2015.

Logan Square families rally against the cuts... More than 250 people join alderman and community leaders in denouncing Chicago Public Schools 'School Based Budgeting' and its impact on local schools....

According to Chicago Teachers Union organizer Marty Ritter there were about "200 people in attendance at the rally at Logan Square and people are still coming in" when the rally was beginning at 9:30 a.m. . . .

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Logan Square families rallied in the bright sun on July 28, 2015, to protest the latest round of school cuts at schools in their community. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

Logan Square rally July 28, 2015... '...These cuts are unjust. Our children have paid enough. We’ve gone through 50 school closures; we’ve seen thousands of teachers laid off. We’ve seen cuts to sports and after school activities...' -- Alderman Carlos Rosa...

It was 89 degrees on July 28th 2015 during the Logan Square Rally. In addition to more than 200 people at the rally, alderman and women spoke eloquently. The rally, called by the Logan Square . . .

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Alderman Carlos Rosa spoke against the cuts at the Logan Square rally July 28. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

Board of Education continues to gag parents and teachers who want to speak in opposition to Board policies, while pushing charter schools and privatization to the top of every Board meeting agenda....

During his four years as President of the Chicago Board of Education, David Vitale did everything in his power to gag the public -- and union officials -- and to promote the massive privatization of . . .

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Chicago Board of Education Secretary Estela Beltran (above left) works monthly with Chicago's charter schools to suppress the critics of privatization and promote those who promote charterization, like Andre Broy (above right). Above, Beltran and Broy work to ensure that the majority of speakers approved for the July 22, 2015 Board of Education meeting are speaking on behalf of the charters. At the same time -- literally-- Beltran refused to note the presence of Chicago Teachers Union Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle, then cut off Mayle's remarks, for the second month in a row, before even two minutes. Earlier, Beltran had allowed Alderman George Cardenas to speak for nearly eight minutes! Substance photo by David Vance.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of July 22, 2015 highlighted by large public protests against budget lies, while new faces show the same corporate leadership of the nation's third largest school system...

The Chicago Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Chicago Public Schools Loop Offices at 42 West Madison Street, Garden Level, in the Board Room. Preceding the . . .

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Forrest Claypool, above left, had been serving as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Chief of Staff. Emanuel has appointed him to be President of the Chicago Board of Education. Claypool will chair his first Board meeting in August 2015 and is expected to continue to policies of David Vitale, whose work included gagging those who wished to speak critically of Board policies and the mayor and restricting the ability of the public to participate in the Board's public meetings. Claypool is the second mayoral

Aldermen add voices in opposition to charter expansion, as protests against Board's budget priorities grow...

While there was a great deal of activity before, during and after the July 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (the last to be chaired by David Vitale, who is being replaced . . .

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Twelfth Ward Alderman George Cardenas was one of those who spoke against charter expansion at the July 22, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Noteworthy about Cardenas's position was that it comes less than two years after he faced protests in his ward about is support for charter expansion there. Cardenas's change reflects a growing movement to freeze Chicago's charter expansion and to do a more thorough investigation of the actual practices of the city's charter schools. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

CTU official asks why Board refused to arbitrate 'toxic swaps' at hastily called hearing on billion dollar bond issue... Board gives vague answer...

Jackson Potter, member services coordinator of the Chicago Teachers Union, was the only public speaker at the hastily called Chicago Board of Education "hearing" on issuing new bonds to cover the Board's projected budget deficit. . . .

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Board members did not answer Potter's questions. James L. Bebley, the Board's legal counsel (who was seated next to Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz during the bond hearing), said, this moment, the Board is negotiations with a number of banks," so there would be no official comment about the toxic interest rate swaps at this time. Above, Potter during the regular meeting of the Board. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt." width=200>

With Friends Like These... Senate passes renewal of No Child Left Behind, now called the 'Every Child Achieves Act''...with support from NAACP and most Dems...

The U. S. Senate has voted to accept its proposed version of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) by a bipartisan majority of 81 -17. The bill is a rewrite of the 1965 Elementary and . . .

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Senators Bernie Sanders and former Senator Hillary Clinton both supported the ruling class's reauthorization of that rebranded

LSC 'hearing' at Simeon exposes lies of CPS on budget 'crisis'... CPS Office of Local School Council Relations – Budget Informational Session held at Simeon High School features the version of reality now being presented by the Board's latest 'Chief Financial Officer,' Ginger Ostro...

INTRODUCTION... The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Local School Council (LSC) Relations scheduled three “Budget Informational Sessions” on the same date and time (Monday, July 20, 2015) in city locations north (Schurz High School), . . .

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Above, the audience at the hearing on the budget for LSCs at Schurz High School. The article below is about the hearing at Simeon Vocational High School, not about Schurz. Substance photo by Larry Duncan.

Board agenda shows Ruiz to remain as Board Vice President, while Board continues orgy of privatization -- example, another $3.1 million for AUSL despite the supposed 'financial crisis'... Two 'meetings' scheduled for July 22, 2015, but most of the public doesn't know about the 9:30 one...

The public agenda for the Chicago Board of Education's July 22, 2015 meeting shows that at least one faction in Chicago's ruling class is digging in its heels and continuing non-stop on the course it . . .

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Only those who went to the Board of Education's website and read carefully would have known that there were two Board meetings on July 22, 2015. The earlier one, on a massive borrowing plan, requires that people sign up between 8:30 and 9:00 in the lobby of the Board chambers, while the regular meeting begins at 10:30. Contrary to the statement above, the sign-in for the regular meeting did not end on Friday, July 17, 2015, but at 8:05 a.m. on July 13, 2015, when the Board's computers again choked off everyone who wanted to speak but wasn't quick enough.

Senn Principal Susan Lofton removed from school during Inspector General investigation... One news report says manipulation of special education kids' testing is a reason...

The principal of Senn High School, Susan Loften, has been removed from the school, according to CPS sources, an email from alderman Harry Osterman, and DNA Info Chicago. Below are the email from the alderman, . . .

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Susan Lofton in the Senn High School office. Photo courtesy of Senn High School.

Rebel flag is a symbol of more than racism... 'The South’s current drive to impose on the rest of the nation its opposition to worker and minority rights … resembles nothing so much as the efforts of antebellum Southern political leaders to blunt the North’s opposition to the slave labor system...'

[Editor's note: The following article came to us early on July 19, 2015, via the news service Portside. While we agree with those who want to purge the Confederate battle flag from publicly funded places . . .

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The man who helped engineer the largest school closing in American history is now the best person to be President of the Chicago Board of Education?! Frank Clark appointment is Rahm Emanuel's latest 'F____ You!' message to Chicago teachers, parents, and children...

There is no way that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wasn't sending his latest "Fuck You!" message to the city's real public schools and the students, teachers and parents of the real public schools with the . . .

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Commonwealth Edison President and charter school zealot Frank Clark chaired the commission that white washed the largest school closing in American history in 2013. Above, Clark is seen chairing the meeting on the closings held at the

Principal's critique of Board of Education's principals' meeting... CPS officials repeated City Hall talking points to captive audience... 'These things are forcing us to choose between making pension payments and making needed investments in the classroom'...

[Editor's Note: The article below was forwarded to Substance almost immediately after it was circulated. Since then, we have received it over and over from those who are asking us to republish it. Here it . . .

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Blaine Elementary School Principal Troy LaRaviere (right) with some of Blaine's reasons for being. Photo by the Blaine PTA.