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BOARDWATCH... June 22, 2016 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education...

Sixty persons are allowed to sign up to speak during public participation at any regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at Chicago Public School (CPS) headquarters at 42 West Madison Street. . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union and allied groups march downtown, then rally at City Hall after being locked out of Bruce Rauner's State of Illinois building... 'Day of actions' demands local revenue as well as 'Springfield solutions'...

Hundreds of teachers, students, parents, and community leaders converged on Chicago's City Hall on June 22, 2016, in the latest in a series of protests demanding that Chicago fully fund its public schools. The actions . . .

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More than 1,000 protesters filled the main lobby at Chicago's City Hall on June 22, 2016. Substance photo by David R. Stone.

New ‘Southeast Area’ school will end years of overcrowding at Gallistel – but parents and teachers still feel disrespected as CPS hiring for the new school seems to be excluding teachers from the former schools...

Constructing a new public school to relieve overcrowding in two neighborhood schools should be good news in this time of budget austerity –- but parents who had lobbied for years to get the new school . . .

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Tenth Ward alderwoman Sue Sadlowski Garza asked the Board of Education at its May 25, 2016 meeting to ensure that the teachers followed their students from Gallistel and Addams elementary schools to the new school on Chicago's southeast side. The Board's bureaucrats have ignored the request, and have been showing maximum disrespect for the veteran teachers, using a stop watch to limit interviews for teaching positions at the new school to three minutes or less. Substance photo by David Vance.

Scab 'chess coach' expelled from Chicago Teachers Union despite publicity from Chicago's corporate media -- and possible support from Obama...

Question: How many teachers, coaches, and sponsors of extra curricular activities in Chicago's more than 500 public schools honored picket lines and participated in the April 1, 2016 one-day strike and day of action? Answer: . . .

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When a handful of corporate news reporters decided to try and make scab Joseph Ocol into a kind of hero, neither DNA Info Chicago or CBS News bothered to ask how many other coaches -- the number was several hundred -- refused to cross the union's picket lines during the one-day April 1, 2016 strike.

'Broke on Purpose or Flat contract on purpose...'? Part One... Maybe that should be the theme of the Chicago Teachers Union's June 22 theatricals... A factual study of CPS finances resumes on June 23 beginning at four in the afternoon...

Once again, this time without calling it a "strike," the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union are preparing another spectacle, a kind of theatrical event. A few weeks earlier, once again, the president of the . . .

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In May 2015, the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union launched its

CAN TV organizing facing 'union avoidance' planning from management and intimidation against workers who are leading the union...

Although NABET-CWA Local 41 won a union election last fall for workers at CAN TV (Chicago's public access TV center), management has been standing in the way of a contract. On June 15, 2016 the . . .

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Pickets at CAN TV on June 15, 2016. Photo by Labor Beat.

Labor Beat on transgender rights in Chicago...

Protecting Transgender Fundamental Rights is a new Labor Beat video now available On YouTube at: https://youtu.be/9ULoc65aEZY. The video shows the June 3, 2016 demonstration at the Target store in Uptown supporting the chain's pro-equality policies . . .

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Chicago activists support Target's pro-equality restroom policies. Photo: Gary Brooks, Labor Beat.
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Top CPS officials trying to use principal resignations to spin latest attack on Chicago teacher pensions... 'Our principals and teachers are leaving for jobs where their district doesn't have to take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the classroom to fund their pensions...' Jackson claimed...

The "Chief Education Officer" of the nation's third largest school system continues trying to use the school system's financial problems to attack the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund and the city's more than 25,000 retired teachers . . .

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Janice Jackson, the $200,000-a-year

AFT delegates face serious challenges, as 'New Democrats' continue their thrusts behind Hillary Clinton, while Bernie Sanders continues to demand a truly new party of the people...

Despite the triumphalist claims by supporters of Hillary Clinton that the results of the Democratic Party primaries and the upcoming Democratic Convention are decided, every teacher (including this reporter) who will be a delegate to . . .

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Dixie Chicks are back and still not ready to make nice while 'taking the long way...'... Remembering the hypocrisy of the Republicans and their minions from 2003 through today...

For my own sons, and hopefully for many others, it's now a "teachable moment." Go back to 2003, when reactionaries were more powerful, and now update to 2016, using country music as part of the . . .

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In 2016, the Dixie Chicks are back, and reminding their fans that the Republican Party has gone from one nasty form of reactionary to a new depth -- but that little has changed since the Chicks were blacklisted by corporate American following their critique of George W. Bush's wars. The above photo is from one of their 2016 concerts...

Thirty percent of Chicago schools tested have lead in the school drinking water...

In an ever worsening crises in the Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third largest public school district now says that 23 of the 78 schools tested - 30% -- had lead levels above Federal EPA . . .

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Swaps to cost Illinois another huge amount...

The cost of so-called "toxic swaps" continues to hurt both Chicago and Illinois, while the growing grassroots movement to end the damage caused by the swaps (actually, variable interest rate bond) to Chicago and Illinois. . . .

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