Board of Education May 27 agenda continues push for charter school expansion, AUSL 'turnaround' fraud, and the further privatization of services that should be performed by CPS workers and not by private contractors...

While the Chicago Board of Education and the people of Chicago continue to await the results of the federal investigation into the corruption allegations against Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd Bennett and members of her . . .

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Despite the growing scandals involving the contracts to re-privatize CPS custodial services,

A further attack on public education... Council of Chief State School Officers, a private corporation, is pushing Common Core against the wishes of a growing number of principals, teachers and parents...

As many readers know, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is responsible for implementing a lot of the corporate aims to narrow the content of public education, to select and train dutiful corporate . . .

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Although they speak as if they were a public body, the

Federal court rules that 2011 layoffs were discriminatory against African American teachers, and certifies that the CTU case on behalf of those African American teachers laid off in 2011 can move forward as a class action

In a lengthy 22-page decision which at times mocked the arguments of the Chicago Board of Education trying to defend its racist 2011 layoffs, U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur has ruled that the Chicago Teachers . . .

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First page of the 22-page decision against the Board of Education regarding the class action for the 2011 layoffs.

CTU House of Delegates passed mild resolution in support... Teachers across Washington doing one-day strikes... Dozens of Washington school districts stage one-day strikes for lower class size, better pay...

In the past month, teachers in almost fifty school districts in Washington have staged one day walkouts, with accompanying demonstrations in their cities and towns, as well a mass demonstration in their capital, Olympia. As . . .

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Teachers strikes are illegal in the State of Washington, but the Washington Education Association (WEA) has been orchestrating one-day strikes since the government failed to fund lower class size and other public school improvements it passed.

MEMORIAL DAY 2015 II: Lychings, race riots, and segregated military forces characterized the 'greatest generation'....The recent 'Greatest Generation' bullshit is an attack on the generation that had to clean up the racist and imperialist messes left behind by the so-called 'Greatest'....

Everyone knows that the generation that fought in the U.S. military during World War II is the "Greatest Generation", and Tom Brokaw wrote a best seller just in case you didn't know. Really? Question: How . . .

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When the United States finally entered World War II after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, lynch law was still in place across the states of the former confederacy -- and the four main

MEMORIAL DAY 2015 I: Obama declares 'Birth of a Nation' one of America's great works of history, orders 'Gone with the Wind' to be part of Common Core!?... A closer look at the Vietnam history now officially part of the Obama legacy...

[Editor's Note: Gotcha on that headline, didn't we? By now, in 2015, most intelligent Americans know that the movie "Birth of a Nation" is a piece of odious racist propaganda, despite the fact that it . . .

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The story of the My Lai massacre was broken on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on November 20, 1969 (above). But as history now shows, the massacres and war crimes in Vietnam were widespread and were caused in a large part by the underlying method used by the United States to keep

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...

Blasting from Chicago's past... Vote 'most earliest and vote most oftenist'? Barbara Byrd Bennett and at least some of her Ohio (and other out-of-town) cronies may have also engaged in voter fraud... Registered to vote in Illinois, Ohio (and elsewhere?)...

It's enough to make Richard M. Nixon spin in his grave (as anyone who remembers the movie "Nixon" or the history will attest), as Chicago moves into a new phase of the old game of . . .

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Despite the ever-growing evidence of massive corruption under the administration of Chicago Public Schools

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