CTU d'etat? Chicago Teachers Union issues a press release announcing last minute mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia as 'keynote' speaker for annual LEAD dinner... without any discussion or debate within the CTU's democratically elected House of Delegates or Executive Board -- or any membership approval

Without any discussion or debate among the membership, the House of Delegates, or at the Executive Board, someone at the Chicago Teachers Union decided to issue a press release late in the day on October . . .

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The CTU press release claiming that the

Which Side Are You On? Randi Weingarten's high level collaboration with Rahm Emanuel, the CGI, and corporate America's agenda

[Editor's Note: The following article was originally brought to our attention as a Comment on October 30, 2014 following our article exposing the speakers for the CTU LEAD dinner. After reviewing the entire article, we . . .

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When American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten came to Chicago in June 2012, it was to be at the Clinton Global Initiative and join other union leaders in promising to help finance infrastructure projects through union pension funds -- rather than demand that a progressive tax system be restored in the USA so that federal and state taxes can be used to pay for the much needed work.

MEDIA WATCH: James Warren gets the 'Zoe Barnes' award for another tumescent profile of Rahm Emanuel... 'Mayor Hurt Locker' is just another puff piece by a pundit who's gone horizontal for Rahm's careful script about Rahm...

We thought the bromancing of reporters by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had ended when CNN got stoned and released its Rahmscripted version of Chicago reality, "Chicagoland," just in time to be laughed almost out of . . .

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The fictional Zoe Barnes in

LEAD 2014: Chicago Teachers Union to honor charter supporter, pension 'reform' leader (who cut teacher and municipal workers' pensions), and one of the nation's foremost defenders of 'Common Core' ... What 'Our legislative wins' are was left out of email promotion for the Halloween LEAD event

A little more than two years after the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012 made the current Chicago Teachers Union a feature of discussion about something new in the battles of the American working class, the . . .

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Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) spoke at the December 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education in favor of the expansion of charter schools in Chicago. Above, Davis is shown speaking to the Board while surrounded by supporters of the latest charter school added to the city's Austin community. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

LEAD 2014: Chicago Teachers Union to honor Jesus “Chuy” García, the latest arriviste in the Chicago mayoral race while snubbing, Bob Fioretti, the candidate who has stood by the union against closings, charters, and other predations for years!

Without even bothering to ask for a vote of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates, someone in the leadership of the CTU decided on October 29, 2014 to snub mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti (who . . .

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Alderman Bob Fioretti of the Second Ward has been one of the most outspoken critics of the mayor's agenda since Rahm Emanuel took office in May 2011. Above, Fioretti spoke against charter expansion at the January 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. The complete text of Fioretti's speech can be found at: http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=4760

RAHMWATCH: Mayor of Chicago celebrates 'public art' with self serving press release and photos.... including one of Rahm as Jack in 'Lord of the Flies'...

The photo with this article is not a "Trick" from a "Trick or Treat" before Halloween. On September 29, 2014, the mayor of America's third largest city, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, . . .

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The photo above was provided to the media by Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago in a press packet issued by

West Side of Chicago eliminates gangs! That Austin High School Homecoming Dance was not cancelled because the 'associates' were 'associating' violently at each other using live ammunition ... And those popping sounds outside West Side schools ARE NOT gunshots!

What happened to the Austin High School Homecoming Dance? And while we're at it, who was rumbling at the corner of Fullerton and Central after that recent Homecoming game. And those loud popping noises that . . .

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Since 2004, when Arne Duncan and the late Michael Scott began to close the real Austin High School, under the pretext of

SUBSCRIPT: The announcement should read, 'Chicago Teachers Union' to feature speakers who attack public pensions, back religious based charter schools, and support Common Core at annual LEAD dinner... but...

With a straight face, the current leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union announced in an October 24, 2014 email to the union's members that the featured speakers at the annual LEAD (Legislators, Educators Appreciation Dinner) . . .

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Dyett to reopen? While phase outs are proved to be a mistake -- just ask the people of the "Austins" as gang violence again increases this month

DNA info and other news outlets are reporting that the Board of Education will reopen Dyett High School a year after the current phase out ends. But instead of simply reopening it in September 2015, . . .

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Standardized Schools article from The Nation (1999) appeared at the end of the last century and is still on target today

[Editor's Note: Today our history lesson is the article "Wielding high-stakes tests, a noisy alliance of politicians, corporate CEOs and media pundits seems intent on standardizing education, proclaiming that every kid in America should . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Board of Education will begin meeting in the community, with November 19 meeting to be held at Westinghouse High School... October 22, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education continues privatization as usual but makes several surprises public as well

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held at its apparently last regular monthly meeting at 125 S. Clark Street, before its move to new headquarters downtown. The Board announced that . . .

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Former Congressman Brad Miller tried to get the members of the Board of Education to see the importance of applying to arbitrate the

'...I feel strongly that full-scale administration of PARCC in both March and May is unwarranted at this time...' CEO tells Board. 'Park the PARCC' campaign a success as Board reduces 2014 - 2015 PARCC testing in Chicago to a 'sample'

With a citywide "Park the PARCC" campaign and an on line petition gaining momentum across Chicago, the Chicago Board of Education met on October 22, 2014 to hear the surprising announcement from "Chief Executive Officer" . . .

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Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd Bennett announced at the October 22, 2014 meeting of the Board of Education that the Chicago schools will not be doing a full implementation of the PARCC testing program this school year. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Board to meet at Westinghouse High School in November... Board to approve $13 million in privatization of 'snow removal services' and return to 'tax anticipation warrants'... Chicago Board of Education will add to massive and expensive privatization at October 22, 2014 meeting

Once again, the Chicago Board of Education will add to its expensive and controversial programs of privatization at its monthly meeting on October 22, 2014. Among the privatization deals on the agenda for the meeting . . .

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At the September 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, among the Board members present were (left to right) Henry Bienen, Mahalia Hines, Jesse Ruiz, and David Vitale. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

More Than A Score organizing 'Park the PARCC' meetings across Chicago

"More than a Score," a Chicago group critical of high-stakes so-called "standardized" testing programs, has been organizing a campaign called "Park The PARCC" with community meetings around Chicago. The next meeting is scheduled for October . . .

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'...the radicals were removed from the bargaining table and an agreement was reached...' Hinsdale High School teachers union wins contract with a reminder that low voter turnout can put fanatics on your elected school board

Waukegan teachers are still on strike as I write this, but high school teachers in Hinsdale were able to win a contract without a strike after they organized community support and pushed three school board . . .

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World's Richest Man Tries to Defend Wealth Inequality... Bill Gates' critique of Thomas Piketty is revealing for what it overlooks...

[Editor's Note: The keynote speaker from the 2010 convention of the American Federation of Teachers has continued his rampage through logic in a recent discussion of income inequality and Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st . . .

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Whenever Bill Gates pontificates on a social issue, his apologists usually ignore the fact that Bill Gates came from one of the wealthiest families in Seattle. Also ignored is the fact that Microsoft has made most of its money by buying up the patents and copyrights on the work of others and then defending its

'...Thousands Join Street Protest Before Raucous SRC Meeting...' Philadelphia activists escalate protests, as more than 3,000 march against 'School Reform Commission'

[Editor's Note: The following arrticle came to us on the Internet from Philly.com and is followed by other sources about the same topic. In addition to highlighting the ongoing fight against corporte "school reform," the . . .

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Philadelphia protest against the latest outrages from the School Reform Commission.

Philadelphia students block showing of the reactionary movie 'Won't Back Down' at a meeting of the 'School Reform Commission,' while one SRC member screams that the students should be arrested and are from 'FAILING SCHOOLS'!...

Proving the even the worst ideas have eternal life once they are produced by Hollywood, the corporate "school reform" propaganda movie "Won't Back Down" was on the agenda for the meeting of the Philadelphia School . . .

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Members of the Philadelphia Student Union moved from their seats during a meeting of the so-called

Segregation policies led to 'Ferguson'... The Making of Ferguson.... Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summer’s events.

[Editor's Note: The following article by Richard Rothstein appeared at the website of The American Prospect on October 15, 2014. We are reprinting it here because so much of what is narrated in the history . . .

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Ferguson protesters in St. Louis on October 11, 2014. Substance photo by Bob Simpson.

City Club to breathe new life into 'Advance Illinois' with November 20 featuring... Astroturf group and Robin Steans had almost disappeared from public debate because they are such shills for corporate reform and the 'one percent'

It looks like every bad idea to pass through Chicago and Illinois will be revitalized by some outpost of the ruling class between now and the next time the Illinois General Assembly meets. The City . . .

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Robin Steans, executive director of the group