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CPS paid a debt 'penalty' higher than Puerto Rico... Bloomberg News reports on Chicago's struggles, CPS mismanagement...

Not everyone subscribes to The Bond Buyer, or to Bloomberg Business Week, but it's safe to say "The Whole World is Watching" as Chicago Public Schools plunges deeper into debt behind the radical corporate "reforms" . . .

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The forest of lies in Claypool's claims serves only his masters, Rahm and Rauner, while ignoring Reality...Principals, teachers, students and others demand to know who wrote the silly 'Dear Families' message that they were asked to distribute across Chicago in early February 2016...

From time to time newspaper editors fact check Op Eds, even those submitted by powerful and highly paid government officials. Had the Chicago Sun-Times bothered to consult with its own reporters, it would have been . . .

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No sooner had the fourth Rahm Emanuel CEO of CPS sent his (undated and unsigned) letter around to the city's nearly 600 public schools than teachers began dumping the materials in the garbage. It's unethical to distribute materials that are untrue to children to bring home to their families. Moreover, as many teachers shared (example, above), Claypool's missive would have failed any of the criteria under which CPS teachers are in 2016 required to judge the writings of children and young adults in the city's high schools and elementary schools. But in the case of students, the teacher knows who wrote the stuff. In the case of Claypool's lies, nobody signs the stuff. The above was shared widely throughout the school system, one of many professional critiques of the work of the latest leader of the nation's third largest school system.

MEDIA WATCH: How can you oppose 'guns' and 'violence' for decades and not notice the drug gangs on the blocks around St. Sabina's?... Let's take a hard look at the Pfleger Pflag Pflap and the media and Hollywood hacks who promote his phony hero narrative...

Whether anyone believes that Chicago's media hound Catholic priest, Father Michael Pfleger, really "forgot" and had the Chi-Raq flag flying at full staff when he had his staff lower the American flag to half staff, . . .

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Flying the Hollywood flag above the American flag at St. Sabina's on Chicago's South Side. The relentless publicity stunts by Father Michael Pfleger have been supported by Chicago's mayors and most of the city's corporate media reporters, while no one has demanded to know why the drug gangs operate boldly within a few blocks of Pfleger's church and school. ABC News Chicago photo.

More challenges to Chicago City Colleges chief Cheryl Hyman... 'The Peoples College' versus corporate Chicago... 'Chancellor Hyman, why have you been so unwilling to talk with us, given that we are your number one contact with students?'...

After waiting for nearly two hours at its Feb. 4, 2016 meeting, while the City Colleges of Chicago board heard speeches praising Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and the "reinvention", two faculty members finally got a chance . . .

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Jennifer Alexander, foreground, leads a delegation with the Chicago City Colleges statement of no confidence in Chancellor Cheryl Hyman over to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Photo: Labor Beat
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Billionaires coalition pleased with Oxfam report, look for more progress in amassing wealth...

Reacting to the news from Oxfam that the richest 62 billionaires are worth as much as half the world's population, a coalition of the top five billionaires announced today that they were pleased with their . . .

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Without the collaboration of the leaders of the two national teachers union in corporate

'No confidence' statement by Chicago's professors, other faculty... City Colleges Board reluctantly hears the bad news from its own faculty...

The Feb. 4, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors of City Colleges of Chicago had got wind that a statement of no confidence in CCC Chancellor Cheryl Hyman would be presented by the faculty. . . .

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Jennifer Alexander reading the

Chicago Teachers Union joins other groups for Northwest Side forum on the current situation in Chicago education... Tuesday, February 9 at the Irving Park Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m....

This coming Tuesday, the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board are hosting a community forum on the state of the CTU contract and education justice in Chicago.

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ANALYSIS: Rahm declares war on Chicago teachers... 'This time, the CTU's struggle is likely be longer and harder. Emanuel and his wealthy backers are as determined as ever to push the cost of the financial crisis onto teachers and the public schools,..'

[Editor's Note: The following analysis of recent events in the Chicago and in the Chicago Teachers Union originally was published by Socialist Worker and is reprinted here with permission. Anthony is a Chicago Public Schools . . .

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In July 2015, former Chicago Transit Authority

'Truth for America' will stand against 'Teach for America' on the organization's 25th anniversary...

As Teacher for America plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary, a growing national movement is planning to challenge all the lies and hypocrisies of TFA with a new program: "Truth for America." As TFA approaches . . .

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TRUTH FOR AMERICA won't undo the damage done by Wendy Kopp to American public education, but it's a good beginning.

Mass rally from Bank of America to Chicago's City Hall on February 4, 2016...

The Chicago Teachers Union and its allies will do a mass rally, march, and rally from the Bank of America building on Clark St. to Chicago's City Hall after school on February 4, 2016. The . . .

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An earlier CTU rally in warm weather in downtown Chicago. Tribune photo.

Claypool's patronage cronyism yields an executive 'team' experienced in buses and subways, not schools... 'Pants on fire'?...While crying poverty, Forrest Claypool has actually preserved a huge part of the CPS bureaucracy and expanded his own private army of cronies, consultants, contractors...

For more than 40 years, Substance has been checking the facts behind the claims of CPS officials. Examples of mendacity in high places abound -- and have always abounded -- but seldom in all that . . .

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Before Forrest Claypool became

'Rahm starving schools to feed the rich!' proclaimed on banners, signs... Chicago Teachers Union, allies march against continued Rahm and banks ripping off the public schools...

At least 2,000 and perhaps as many as 3,000 Chicago public school teachers and hundreds of their allies marched in defense of the city's public schools on February 4, 2016. The march included teachers, PSRPs, . . .

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As hundreds of marchers blocked Chicago's Congress Expressway at Wells St. on February 4, 2016, one of the many banners proclaimed