Better Government Association sues Intrinsic charter schools under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Chicago's Better Government Association (BGA) has sued Intrinsic charter schools after the schools denied a BGA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the operations of the school. Below are, first, the BGA . . .

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Before becoming an educational privatizer and

Chuy Garcia speaks to the Chicago City Club... 'Trickle down is actually not a new policy at City Hall. They’ve been at it for a quarter of a century...'

One week before the Chicago municipal election, mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia gave a significant speech to the City Club of Chicago. The speech outlined the major issues facing Chicago's voters between now and April . . .

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Mayoral Candidate Jesus

MEDIA WATCH: New York Times does another front page pitch for Rahm Emanuel under the guise of a 'news' story...

How many times has "America's Newspaper of Record" featured one candidate in a local mayoral race (outside of New York City) on its front page? Well, on March 31, The New York Times did it . . .

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Rahm Emanuel picture from The New York Times.

Big Get Out The Vote Rally at West Side church on Saturday

[Editor's Note: We received this and we are passing it along. George Schmidt, Editor, Substance].








Join Hundreds Of People From Around The City As We Honor The . . .

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Saturday rally features local and national speakers.

HOME STRETCH ELECTION 2015: Red Friday Every Day Everywhere... It's 'Red Tuesday' (followed by Red Wednesday, Red Thursday, until April 7) to show the subtle flag of victory

Although like many Chicago Teachers Union retirees I can't work a precinct going up and down stairs and sharing family stories with neighbors while getting out the vote, I do certain family chores every day, . . .

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Some of the striking teachers marching down LaSalle Street on September 12, 2012. Substance photo by David Vance.

Bernie Sanders, Senate's only socialist, will be in Chicago Thursday to join Chuy Garcia and Sue Sadlowski Garza out in the 10th ward...

A good article from "The Hill" explains the Sanders endorsement of Chuy and Sue. One might add that if the President of the United States can come to Chicago, as Barack Obama did before the . . .

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Reviving the strike... Reviving unions? '...Anyone who's sat at the bargaining table really knows that they don't care about your arguments or your words, and at the end of the day it's about power...'

Could Reviving the Strike Revive the Labor Movement? That's the question asked on a new Labor Beat video now available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/fnOYPV7AABc. The video is also archived at: laborbeat.org

Joe Burns, author . . .

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Joe Burns author of Strike Back. Photo by Labor Beat.

Dozens of New York teacher union locals demand that NYSUT (New York State United Teachers, the AFT) support testing resistance

Despite the fact that the leadership of New York's teacher unions last July managed to vote down a resolution against Common Core from Chicago Teachers Union, the new testing season has prompted dozens of locals . . .

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Michael Mulgrew and other allies of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten managed to defeat a Chicago resolution against Common Core at the federation's 2014 convention in Los Angeles. But the attempts by Mulgrew and Weingarten to remain in bed with the U.S. Department of Education and corporate

Scab 'union' goes all Hollywood for Chicago's creepy mayor... RAHMLOVE theme is getting its send ups in the city of 'The Second City'... 'Listen, girlfriend, promise me you won't stay with this guy. He's just no good for you...'

As the Chicago mayoral election of 2015 goes into its final week, it's clear the mayor is getting more and more desperate. Yesterday, a guy we hadn't seen in four years, the old precinct captain . . .

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After scabbing for Rahm Emanuel during the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012, Unite HERE, once a union, doubles down for Rahm with its 2015

MEDIA WATCH: TRIBUNE getting it right about Rahm's lies over the school closings -- and the 'longer school day'.... Before you know it, we'll also revisit Rahm's paid protesters on behalf of closing 'What did you say this school was called'?...

To listen to Chicago's mayor talk about the past four years, an out-of-town visitor might think that Chicago's mayor since 2011 was some guy named Joe Bluffwell or Sam Storyteller. After all, we now know . . .

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Chicago kids face testing orgy from now until June... 'The first day of a regular school day (without a testing window being open) after Spring Break is June 15th...'

Anyone who believed that overtesting in Chicago was over after the PARCC -- and the unprecedented PARCC Opt Out -- was not only wrong, but VERY VERY WRONG. Just as last year Chicago children had . . .

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After pretending to have second thoughts about the overtesting required by corporate

Are teachers and PSRPs going to have to pass a PARCC on transubstantiation?... CPS doubles down on religious discrimination in 'Good Friday' rules...

One week from "Good Friday" and the "Easter Weekend" beginning of Chicago's Spring Break, the CPS administration has come up with guidelines for teachers and other staff who want to take a "religious holiday" day . . .

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Under Catholic rules, when the priest says

RAHM pushes shopper while campaigning inside a Target store... 'Get that thing out of your face...' mayor tells voter who is photographing his glad handing at the Target....

It was no surprise to anyone who had covered a Rahm Emanuel press conference during any of the first three years Rahm was in power. The guy was about as arrogant to reporters as anyone . . .

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Banner at the March 26 rally at the Thompson Center. Substance photo by David Vance.

OPT OUT NEWS: Principal of LaSalle Language Academy will leave CPS, blames 'overtesting'...

One of Chicago's best known and most successful elementary school principals has told her school and the press that this is her last year as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools. The principal, Elizabeth Heurtefeu, . . .

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Elizabeth Heurtefeu, principal of LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, is leaving her job in June 2015. The reason, she told DNA Info Chicago, is she can no longer deal with Chicago's

CTU rally on March 26... Buses leaving from six locations across the city so people don't have to pay extortionist downtown parking prices...

The Chicago Teachers Union is providing buses to its March 26, 2015 rally downtown (at the Thompson Center) from six locations across the city. Such actions have become necessary since Chicago's privatized downtown parking costs . . .

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Photo courtesy Chicago Teachers Union.

Socialist Worker: A pro labor mayor for Chicago?

[Editor's Note: The following analysis was published by socialistworker on March 26, 2015 and is published here at substancenews.net with permission. We hope that our readers will take the time to comment on the challenging . . .

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Rahm, Chuy.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of March 25, 2015 was highlighted by large public protests against against the filth program due to the Board's privatization of custodial services... CPS officials also continued to repeat their lies about CPS 'losing money' due to PARCC Opt Outs....

Workers in purple and gold jackets from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, waving gold banners, marched and chanted along the north side of Madison Street in front of the headquarters of the Chicago . . .

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In his presentation to the March 25, 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Teachers Union vice president Jesse Sharkey told the Board the union would be willing to cooperate on financial issues if the Board seriously developed a plan to increase revenues by fair tax policies. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

March 26 'Rally for Educational Justice' features upcoming CTU contract fight and speakers from others cities...

It was a little chilly, but several hundred people were in attendance at the Rally for Education Justice at the Thomprson Building on March 26, 2015. The crowd estimate was according to Jackson Potter, CTU . . .

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Some of the people at the Rally for Justice at Chicago's Thompson Center on March 26, 2015. Substance photo by David Vance.

BP protest... Labor Beat video shows Refinery Strikers Protest at Chicago BP Headquarters...

A new video is now available from Labor Beat On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/uGZCZ8XV_xo providing the public with information about the strike of refinery workers at the BP Whiting refinery. The video, less than ten minutes . . .

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BP workers protesting in Chicago at the corporation's Chicago office. Labor Beat photo.

OPT OUT NEWS: Parents and teachers join at Curie High School to protest against Curie administration's bullying -- and police lies -- about the rights of citizens to protest peacefully on the city sidewalk outside the school....

Although the majority of Chicago public schools where the Opt Out movement has taken place this year continue to treat children and families choosing to opt out in a professional way, a small handful of . . .

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Although the principal of Cure High School (above at the March 25 Board of Education meeting) tried to bully teachers and students who were trying to promote Opt Out, he failed. Despite the attempt by the Cure administration to violate the First Amendment rights of protesters on March 24, the protesters knew their rights and countered every official lie promulgated by the Curie administration. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.