MEDIA WATCH: A Once-Respected Education Journal Goes Rah Rah for Whatever Bill Wants... How Eli Broad and Bill Gates compromised the integrity of the Phi Delta Kappan

Whatever Bill Gates wants,
Bill Gates gets.
And America,
Bill Gates wants your kid.

Recline yourself, resign yourself,
you're through.
He always gets what he pays for.
And kids' heart'n . . .

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The cover of the September 2014 issue of the Phi Delta Kappan obscures the fact that the lead article, an apologetic for Common Core, was authored by employees of the foundations that are paid to tout Common Core. The decline of the PDK over the past eight years has been dramatic and saddening to many who once relied on it for serious discussion of public education, since it has now become an advertisement for the policies brought to the public behind the smokescreens of PDK and elsewhere based on money from billionaires like Eli Broad and Bill Gates.

MEDIA WATCH: Is America finally learning to reject Chicago's 'education' experts? Connecticut rids itself of AUSL's Terrence Carter a few months after ejecting Paul G. Vallas

Before we review the final chapter in the fraudulent career of "doctor" Terrence Carter, who almost got to be the superintendent of the New London, Connecticut public schools, people in Chicago should ask themselves why . . .

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The 20-page report from the law firm hired by the New London Connecticut school board to check on the media accusations of fraud (claiming a PhD he didn't have) and plagiarism against Chicago's Terrence Carter was an expensive lesson that needs to be re-learned by every school district from Reno Nevada and Madison Wisconsin to New Bedford and Sarasota that have recently hired Chicago's non-teaching

Know your enemies department... Resistance has grown enormously since the Septembers of 'Waiting for Superman' and 'Won't Back Down.' But the attacks on public education continue behind a phalanx of plutocratic billions of dollars and sanctimonious astroturf groups and some Hollywood propaganda

As the 2014 - 2015 school year begins, the spread of the Resistance to the reign of corporate school reform (of which high-stakes corporate testings and single-measure "metrics" of schools' and children's success reign) has . . .

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The melodramatic poster advertising the onset of

'What are called a 'public schools' in many of America’s wealthy communities aren’t really 'public' at all. In effect, they’re private schools, whose tuition is hidden in the purchase price of upscale homes, and in the corresponding property taxes....' Inequality welcomes children and teachers back

[Editor's Note: The following was posted as "Back to School, and to Widening Inequality" by Robert Reich, August 25, 2014 on Robert Reich's blog. Reich served as Labor Secretary under Bill Clinton but has been . . .

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Between January and March 2013, more than 20,000 Chicago teachers, parents, students and community leaders protested and spoke out at hearings and Board of Education meetings against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plans to close public schools. One of the most dramatic protests took place with a sit-in at Chicago's City Hall (above) against Emanuel's proposals. Despite the overwhelming public opposition to the closings, Emanuel's hand-picked Board of Education members voted on May 22, 2013 to close 50 of the city's public schools. That was the largest number of public school closings anywhere in history.

Labor 'read in' September 6... The Chicago Chapter of the National Writers Union is having a Labor Read-in on Saturday, September 6 to honor those who work and/or are members of unions.

Next Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Chicago chapter of the National Writers Union will hold a "Read In' (something like a "Teach In") at the Powell's Book Store at 18th and Halsted in Chicago. This . . .

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The Chicago Writers Union hosted the

RAHMWATCH: While grabbing headlines with Little League champions, Chicago's mayor gets flacks at the Sun-Times to ignore Rahm's record of hostility to real 'youth baseball' across Chicago

It was one of the feel good stories of the summer. Chicago's Jackie Robinson Wast Little League baseball team returned home to a water salute at Midway Airport and a lengthy parade and party through . . .

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The baseball field at Maplewood Park (1640 N. Maplewood in Chicago) was typical of the Chicago Park District's baseball fields the morning Rahm Emanuel was grabbing headlines with the national Little League champions, the Jackie Robinson West baseball team. The policies of the Emanuel administration have made it nearly impossible for young people to find decent playing fields in city parks for pickup games, and scheduled league games -- from Little League tee ball to

BOARDWATCH: Languid Board of Education meeting during week before school begins in Chicago

Attendance was sparse at the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday, August 17, 2014 at 125 S. Clark Street. Many people were at Millennium Park to honor the Jackie Robinson . . .

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When parent Matt Luskin challenged the Board's claims, he was pulled from the podium by security. Luskin, who has children in CPS, is also an organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union. He told the Board that the disruption in communities caused by closings and other Board actions was damaging the schools, and that the claims made earlier about the dramatic rises in CPS

The Obama Betrayal... '... he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency...' How the Chicago Boys and the Chicago Plan conned the country with the fraudulent candidate and the Obama presidency

As the opening of school looms across the USA and teachers in Chicago prepare to return to their classrooms for a school year that might be called "Obama 4.0" (for the fourth school year of . . .

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Just as the role of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the international financial crisis (through his directorship at AIG) was about to become a White House problem, Chicago arranged for Rahm to rush back to his local power base and create him as Mayor. Rahm's Wall Street corruptions was just one of the many facets of the corruption of the Obamas and their allies as they rose to power behind a smokescreen of fraud between 2005 and 2008, when Obama was elected President of the United States.

RAHM WATCH: Mayor grabs a headline for doing his job, repairing Lowe Park

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was trying to grab as much media attention as possible off the joy over the performance of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team in the Little League World Series, . . .

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Rahm doing the ribbon cutting at Lowe Park. This photo was supplied to the press by the Mayor's Press Office. Photo credit Brooke Collins.

Nominating petitions to begin circulation on August 26, 2014. Petitions due at the Board of Election Commissioners in November

With as many as a dozen Chicago Teachers Union members planning to run for alderman in their wards and at least two significant candidates planning to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the mayor's job, the . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (above right) has been holding

'We need to test less but test right...' Colorado Springs superintendent asks for three-year moratorium on testing, challenging Colorado Springs's participation in PARCC

The superintendent of one of the largest school districts in Colorado, Dr. Nicholas Gledich of Colorado Springs, has asked the school board of Colorado Springs to put a three-year moratorium on the PARCC tests and . . .

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Colorado Springs school supt. Nicholas Gledich.

Opt Out and Resistance Movements continue to explode across the USA even as testing insanity tries to expand behind a phalanx of anti-teaching 'education' executives sporting MBAs and no practical reality experience

Before the end of August 2014, the Chicago Board of Education will have subjected hundreds of school principals (and in some cases, unpaid "Team leaders" drafted from local schools) to more than 200 pages of . . .

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RAHM WATCH: Mayor Mudpuddle and the hypocrisy of the Fifth Floor's fair weather baseball fan

One of the most abrasive propaganda points in the Summer of 2014 is the emergence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago as a fan of Little League baseball. Of course, Rahm's hyped interest in Little . . .

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have cut Park District and Chicago Public Schools budgets so that baseball for most Chicago kids is out of reach, but when the Jackie Robinson Little League team went to Williamsport, Rahm jumped once again in front of the TV cameras for some propaganda time with little black children.

'Block the Boat' gets support from ILWU members at port... Oakland protests stop ship over Gaza attacks by Israel

Approximately 3,000-5,000 people mobilized in Oakland on Saturday, August 16, to support the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) in its efforts to “Block the Boat,” an Israeli ship trying to unload in Oakland. The . . .

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The dramatic blockade of the Port of Oakland on August 16 was one of many actions across the world in support of the Palestinian people and in opposition to the Israeli occupation of Gaza. More than 3,000 people took part in the Oakland

'Conversations with Karen...' to continue in 22nd Ward hosted by Alderman Munoz on evening of August 21, 2014

The slowly expanding "Conversations With Karen" program, which involves the appearance of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at various locations throughout Chicago, continues on August 21, 2014. The August 21 event will be an . . .

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Chants of

OPT OUT 2015: More Than A Score regional meetings to plan for Opt Out 2015

Members of the CORE testing committee met on August 19 and decided to encourage everyone to attend the More Than A Score regional meetings as part of the planning for the 2015 Opt Out . . .

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REBRANDING? '...We are excited to introduce the new CPS logo -- While we are making the public announcement later this week, we wanted to share the logo and branding guidelines with you now as you prepare materials for the new school year...'

As if the highest paid executives at America's third largest school system had nothing else to do during the weeks before school opened for the 2014 - 2015 school year, the newly reconfigured "Office of . . .

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Karen Lewis and Beverly Woods August 19, 2014... Chicago Teachers Union president has advanced from 'thinking about' to 'seriously considering' a run for Mayor of Chicago

Billed as “A Conversation with Karen Lewis in the 19th Ward,” the conversational Q & A between Karen Lewis and TV news commentator Walter Jacobson started at approximately 6:30 PM on August 19, 2014 at . . .

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TV newsman Walter Jacobson (left) delivered the questions to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis during the

'State of the City' conversations... Karen Lewis to chat with 19th Ward residents on evening of August 19 at the Beverly Woods, 115th and Western in Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will join with hundreds of residents of Chicago's 19th Ward for an evening chat about city issues at the famous Beverly Woods Banquet Hall, at 115th and Wastern, beginning . . .

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MEDIA WATCH: Shades of how Chicago officials slanted news coverage during Rahm's NATO hype and all the way back to the Vietnam War... Reporters threatened, arrested trying to cover Ferguson stories

"Good" reporters in the eyes of government officials and private crooks are the ones who sit pertly in a room waiting for government officials (and sometimes private crooks like charter school operators) to serve up . . .

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Militarized police in Chicago during the NATO meeting in May 2012 attacked reporters who did not adhere to the