Common Sense in Philadelphia... Kenny wins election over Williams while AFT president continues working for Gates corporate plans...

“This sacrifice of common sense is the certain badge which distinguishes slavery from freedom; for when men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.” -- Thomas Paine
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Jim Kenny is the Democratic Party candidate for mayor of Philadelphia.

'The average income of the top 10% in America was 19 times higher than the bottom 10% in 2013...' Global Report Warns Rich are Hurting Economy OECD... Widening Income Gap Holds Back Growth

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) finds that income inequality not only has just social and political implications but also economic ones. In the United States, between 2008 and 2013, real average household . . .

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As the rich get richer, social disruption increases...

Engineer chosen by the ruling class as a scapegoat... A neoliberal train wreck... Every Idustrial accident is different in its details, but depressingly similar in the cover-up.

[Editor's Note: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is one of the nation's most nasty supporters of corporate "school reform," charter expansion, and union busting privatization of public education in the "City of Brotherly Love." And so, . . .

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Don't take that pay cut, parents urge teachers at forum as union's rank-and-file outline how CPS is currently stalling on contract negotiations and 'Broke on Purpose'...

A community forum to discuss the upcoming contract between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools took place on May 19, 2015, evening at Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson. The forum was . . .

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Although the members of the Chicago Board of Education refused to participate in the forum, parents and the Chicago Teachers Union were active. Left to right above, Ellen Damlich, Ed Hershey, Pam Touras, Tim Meegan, Shantel, Sarah Chamber, and Jesse Sharkey. Substance photo by Drew Heiserman.

Fire the liar?... Should BBB be fired for falsification of a Sworn Residency Statement she filled out in November 2012 after the Board members voted to hire her as 'Chief Executive Officer'?

In October 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to hire Barbara Byrd Bennett as the school system's "Chief Executive Officer" following the dumping of Jean-Claude Brizard. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the . . .

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At the time she was hired as

Illinois House passes Opt Out bill by wide margin... '...a real grassroots win for parents around the state who have spent months calling and visiting legislators and going to Springfield...' The legislation now goes to the Senate before facing a threatened veto by Governor Rauner...

The Illinois House passed HB 306, the parent Opt Out bill sponsored by State Rep. Will Guzzardi and odzens of others, on May 19, 2015 by a decisive vote of 64 – 47. The bill . . .

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Illinois State Rep. Will Guzzardi (left) was the main sponsor of HB 306, which passed the State House on May 19, 2015. The bill will give Illinois parents the right to opt their children out of so-called

Barack Obama, the Trojan Horse President...

[Editor's Note: The following article came to us on May 18, 2015, via Truthout. We are reprinting it here so that our readers can continue to share information regarding the hypocrisy and odiousness of the . . .

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Everyone who knew the reactionary work of Chicago Public Schools

Barbara Byrd Bennett claimed a 'homeowner-resident' tax break in Ohio for her Ohio home, while firing teachers and others for violating CPS 'Residency' rule... Board members routinely fire teachers exposed for 'residency fraud', but never asked whether their CEO was lying about her real home!...

Tax records from Ohio show that Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett claimed a local tax reduction on her Ohio residence while enforcing rules against Chicago teachers and other CPS workers who . . .

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Chicago Public Schools

Payback time in Chicago?... State audit of Chicago community group a 'Political Witch Hunt,' critics say... Another look at the controversy surrounding a recently approved state audit of the Chicago-based Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. (KOCO)...

[Editor's note: Generally, Substance does not publish articles that have no byline. However, the article below is well-sourced and we have been asked by several readers to note this issue. The following article is worth . . .

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Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell is co-sponsoring a bill to audit funding for KOCO after KOCO staff member Jay Travis challenged Mitchell in the most recent election. Substance photo by David Vance.

Major push to restore Chicago teachers pension tax levy

As the official day for the close of the Illinois General Assembly approaches, the Chicago Teachers Union and other major organizations in Chicago are calling for a vote in favor of legislation that would restore . . .

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Despite his attempts to wash his hands of one long-term solution to the pension

Michelle Rhee's 'Students First' outfit is bankrolling a scab teacher 'free speech' lawsuit against California teachers unions...

Even as she tries to ignore the latest scandal opening up beneath her highly publicized alliance with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Michelle Rhee continues to push her privatization and anti-union agenda in California. Rhee's "Students . . .

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Former Washington D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee was barely gone from her disgraced post as head of the troubled system when she and her new husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, were given an hour on the

RAHM WATCH: Chicago has six of the top high schools in Illinois as part of our real public schools... So why did Rahm Emanuel go to a charter school to tout some questionable numbers claiming school success and ignore the state's best high schools?...

It's only been three days since U.S. News and World Report listed its top high schools in the USA, and once again several Chicago selective enrollment public high schools made the lists. Citizens are unlikely . . .

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Wearing an Urban Prep tie, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel staged a carefully controlled media event and repeated the dubious claims about Urban Prep's four-year-college acceptance rate and other stuff at a May 14, 2015 event. Photo supplied by the taxpayers of the City of Chicago.

RAHMWATCH: 'Steelworkers Park' dedication on May 9 had everything Rahm could want -- except actual steelworkers up font...

Chicago's mayor, fresh from his electoral victory, was dedicating an entity called "Steelworkers Park," while anubbing the most powerful steelworkers in the area -- including the woman who had just been elected alderman of the . . .

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wore his cool guy leather while giving a speech at the dedication of Steelworkers Park on Chicago's southeast side on May 9. One fact about the event was that Rahm was standing with the defeated ex-alderman of the 10th Ward, John Pope (above right) during the event, while Rahm's team had snubbed the newly elected alderman of the ward, Sue Sadloswki Garza. Rahm's snub of Garza was the more dramatic, given the nature of the event, because Garza was daughter of the former president of the United Steelworks, Ed Sadlowski. Excluding actual steelworkers from a

Chicago's 49th Ward people reject Alderman Joe Moore's attempt to foist another charter school on the ward...

[Editor's Note: Most of those who've been following Chicago politics remember how Alderman Joe Moore, once known as a "progressive", double crossed the City Council's progressives back in the early days of the Progressive Caucus . . .

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Even The New York Times realized that Bill Gates had been completely wrong about 'small schools'... but then, when you are one of the world's richest men, you can simply buy into your next big -- even bigger -- mistake...

By the late 1990s, the gospel of corporate "school reform" promoted the notion of so-called "Small Schools." The claim was that the problem with America's high schools was singular -- they were too big. At . . .

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Bill Gates's

Shades of 1979 as another 'School Finance Authority' play begins?... Moody's drops Chicago's credit rating to 'junk', claiming it's the pensions' fault....

Challenging Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's claim that he was the leader best qualified to deal with the city's financial affairs, Moody's Investors Services, one of three rating agencies, downgraded the bond rating of the City . . .

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Both Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have claimed that raising taxes to pay for needed public services is out of the question -- and that only austerity and cuts should be considered.

Rahm versus CTU again... '...The CTU, meanwhile, will be mobilizing its members for what already seems to be an inevitable second strike against Emanuel...'

[The following article originally appeared at Socialist Worker as ANALYSIS: LEE SUSTAR, Chicago teachers vs. Rahm: Round two... Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is demanding cutbacks and concessions, but teachers are pushing back amid a wider . . .

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Surrounded by Chicago Teachers Union delegates and under the screen sign that reads

MEDIA WATCH: Education Week misses Michelle Rhee's role in 'Students First' as ruling class panic spreads at expansion of Opt Out...

Following the decision by The New York Times to blame "teacher unions" for the massive Opt Out movement currently sweeping the USA against corporate school reform, personified by high-stakes testing, Education Week, which is completely . . .

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Education Week quotes Michelle Rhee's

CTU charge that Chicago Public Schools is 'Broke on Purpose' details challenge to official lies... Once again, CPS officials make 'billion dollar deficit' claims without providing any budget details to the public...

Every year since Rahm Emanuel announced that he was returning to Chicago to run for mayor (the announcement was made in October 2010), the Chicago Board of Education has claimed before its fiscal year began . . .

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After the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting more than 100 union delegates gathered around the union's officers for a press conference to release the CTU's charge that the Chicago Board of Education was

What Should Illinois Legislators Do Now Since They Cannot Break a Constitutional Contract with Retirees and Public Employees?

[Editor's Note: The following article was posted on his website by Glen Brown on TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015, early. The title is "What Should Illinois Legislators Do Now Since They Cannot Break a Constitutional Contract . . .

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Illinois State Rep Elaine Nekritz continues to talk nonsense now that the Illinois Supreme Court has held that governments must pay for public worker pensions, as the Illinois Constitution has stated. Nekritz and others had claimed that there was an unprecedented