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Rahm's Board tells CPS workers to SIT DOWN and SHUT UP! during upcoming election campaign... How about that respect for the First Amendment rights of teachers and other school workers? CPS issues 'Ethics Guidelines' for upcoming political campaigns

With local election petitions due to be submitted in November and a major election campaign expected up to the February 24, 2015 voting for mayor and members of the Chicago City Council, it comes as . . .

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CTU adds to critique of 're-privatization' of CPS custodial services in research report

As the scandals (that's a deliberate plural) surrounding the "re-privatization" of custodial services at Chicago's public schools enters its fourth week as the summer of 2014 ends and the autumn begins, the Chicago Teachers Union's . . .

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One of the many CPS executives who never taught a day in a Chicago classroom is so-called

Take Back Chicago meeting in October

The October Take Back Chicago event will take place in the middle of the time being devoted across the city to nominating petitions for mayoral candidates and for those dozens who will be running for . . .

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Take Back Chicago a public meeting.

Rahm sees red, hears the verdict whle trying to pose for a publicity stunt surround by black people... Rahm booed, mocked, during Chicago football classic

Rahm Emanuel was booed in front of more than 30,000 people because of his racist policies on Saturday, September 20, at one of the nation's most important sports events. But the city's corporate media ignored . . .

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'The 2014 figures show that 1,412 parents exempted their children, up from 946 in 2013...' From CSAP to TCAP to PARCC the nonsense is the same. Colorado Resistance continues tradition of billboards to assist families opting out

Although some individuals and groups try to claim that The Resistance to high-stakes testing as the basis for corporate "school reform" began in the Pacific Northwest during the past three or four years, the fact . . .

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A current Colorado Opt Out billboard, continuing a tradition of building resistance for more than a decade. Substance photo by Don Perl.

Planning for mayoral race against Rahm Emanuel... 'Conversations with Karen' move across Chicago as school year begins

The 'Conversations with Karen' featuring Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis's conversations with people across Chicago continued as school began in September. A major event is scheduled in the city's Uptown community September 30. Lewis . . .

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Conversations with Karen will continue in Uptown September 30. Nominating petitions are being circulated and a campaign fund has been opened.

Crazy Cawley quote sums up CPS executives' cluelessness -- 'Let’s not focus on the number of custodians you get; let’s focus on the work that needs to be done...' Principals document Aramark thefts, incompetence, and confusion as CPS continues to push expensive re-privatization contract

As the extent of the scandals involving the massive (more than $300 million) "re-privatization" contracts with Aramark and Sodexo-MAGIC continue to become public across Chicago, the Board of Education members who voted without discussion or . . .

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First page of the Board Report of February 26, 2014 awarding the 're-privatization' contract to Aramark.

New Orleans schools have not become a 'model for the nation.' Instead, New Orleans stands as an example of brutal corporate attacks on public education and the deep racist roots of corporate 'school reform' since the days when Paul Vallas was overseer of the New Orleans plantation

Between the Illinois race for governor and some national reporting on the opening of school, the brutal destruction of the public schools of New Orleans following the August 2005 assault on the city by Hurricane . . .

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Much of the research since the 2006 publication of the AFT-UTNO report has proved that the racist destruction of democracy and public schools in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina (August 2005) has elaborated on what the AFT found two years after Katrina. One facet of the history is that CORE studied the racism of Arne Duncan and others as part of its early organizing. Studying Naomi Klein's

'A school that could start out clean on Monday by Friday, if things haven’t been done, is really almost a pig sty.'... Piss on the floors and poo on the walls dramatize the lies of Tim Cawley's Aaramark Power Point

It's less than six months since David Vitale and the members of the Chicago Board of Education sat smiling benignly while "Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley presented the Board will his $300 million proposal . . .

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COMMON CORE... Follow the money to the Common Core's 'policy entrepreneurs...' With the Help of the US DOE, Policy Entrepreneurs Used Business Roundtable Toolkit Tactic to Hornswaggle the States on Common Core

The old saying goes that school curriculum is the only thing harder to move than a graveyard. The implementation of the Common Core seems to disprove this point. The politics involved is outlined below. The . . .

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David Coleman of the College Board and Common Core...

Logan Square parties for neighborhood schools, withstands downpour, and celebrates Karen Lewis’ anticipated run for Mayor of Chicago

Everyone “knows” that Latinos don’t care about education. Yet anyone who thinks that Latinos don’t care about education hasn’t met LSNA (Logan Square Neighborhood Association) and its’ supporters in the Logan Square neighborhood on the . . .

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Children and teenagers from all of the schools in the Logan Square community gathered at the monument at the center of the community with signs showing how much Rahm Emanuel's Board of Education has robbed from their schools this year. The crowd assembled at

CPS begins demolition of Lincoln Playground

The demolition of Lincoln Elementary School’s playground began today, Friday, September 5, 2014, destroying 11 trees thus far and dismantling the playground equipment. Neighbors assume they will tear down the last three established -- nearly . . .

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Massive expansion of charter schools pushed out all the teachers the children needed most!... New Orleans' 'miracle' is really a story of racism and hypocrisy

It's been a full nine years since the world was shocked as the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Gulf Coast of the United States created a terrifying disaster for much of the region . . .

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Dr. Reynard Sanders. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

Voting for Patrick Quinn or Bruce Rauner in Illinois: A Lose-Lose Scenario

Are we going to continue our connivance with the corrupt political system of Illinois where public employee unions can endorse a governor who does not care about breaking a constitutional contract with retirees and public . . .

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has been betraying the teachers' pensions for more than four years, since he agreed without checking with former Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman that Chicago needed a $1.2 billion

RAHMWATCH, BASEBALL... Rahm tries another publicity stunt on Park District baseball while park playing fields remain mud puddles and public school fields are locked to keep kids from 'damaging' the surfaces

While the majority of the baseball fields in Chicago Park District parks remain mud puddles even after a heavy dew overnight, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued on September 4, 2014 to try and milk what . . .

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What do the data really show? Charter schools have failed in Chicago!... Chicago's 'underperforming' charter schools

[Editor's Note: The article below picks up the essay published on line -- but NOT in print -- in the Chicago Sun-Times by Troy M. LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago. Although the . . .

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Blaine Elementary School Principal Troy LaRaviere has been speaking out against the Chicago Board of Education's attacks on local schools and the city's real public schools.

MEDIA WATCH: The Sun-Times never actually printed the LaRaviere analysis showing Chicago's turnarounds and charters were underperforming... Just left it on the Website

This morning (September 4, 2014), the blogger Diane Ravitch noted that the Chicago Tribune has not published Troy LaRaviere's analysis showing that Chicago's charter and turnarounds schools have failed when compared with the city's real . . .

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Union members and supporters picketed the Chicago Sun-Times's new offices in the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza after the newspaper's new owners, led by Michael Ferro Jr., a friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fired all of the newspaper's photojournalists. The Sun-Times has been reorganized into an Internet property which Ferro was reported to be hoping to flip at a profit.

LABOR BEAT: Union leader warns against single person crews on trains

During the Pullman Labor Day events in Chicago, peopled learned about the danger of single person train crews. You can now access a video On YouTube at: There is a proposal currently being pushed . . .

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One of the many photos of the disaster at Lac Magentic Quebec in 2013 illustrating the danger of one-person freight train crews.

Karen Lewis to speak in Logan Square this Friday...'a rally calling for an investment in neighborhood schools and an elected school board...'

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will join Northwest Side residents to mark the opening of school on Friday, September 5, 2014. The event on Friday begins from four to five p.m. at the Logan . . .

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site of the party to be held on Friday September 5, 2014.

Absurdities of computer-graded 'writing' exposed by BABEL

[While a great deal of blogging is kin to the selfie -- all opinion and no reporting with little fact. That is not true, however, about several blogs devoted to education, and one of the . . .

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MIT's Les Perelman (left) with students. Perelman invented BABEL to