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Fraudulent LSC voting at Juarez High School challenged... 'We are challenging an election process that was tainted from the beginning in favor of candidates close to the principal and to Alderman [Danny] Solis...'

A hearing to rule on allegations of vote fraud and manipulation of the Local School Council (LSC) election for Juarez High School was held at Chicago Public School (CPS) headquarters at 42 W. Madison, on . . .

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Juarez High School whistle blower Manny Bermudez stands in front of the school with some of the evidence her presented about fraud and corruption in the Juarez attendance counting. Bermudez, whose family has been active in Pilsen for generations, was driven out of the school by the principal, and recently won a grievance in his case.

BOARDWATCH: CTU official challenges CPS on privatization of custodial services...'The survey clearly shows the conditions in the schools are deplorable. It identifies that since Aramark was awarded the contract to clean the buildings the cleanliness has declined drastically...'

[Editor's Note. The following remarks were prepared for delivery to the Chicago Board of Education's May 25, 2016 meeting by Annette Rizzo, who is the coordinator for health and safety at the Chicago Teachers Union. . . .

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Annette Rizzo speaking at the May 25, 2016 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Absurdities of continuing failed retention policy and destructive early childhood standardized testing challenged again...

[Editor's Note: The following remarks were prepared for delivery to the Chicago Board of Education's May 25, 2016 meeting. They were provided to us by the speaker and are reprinted here as she provided them . . .

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Cassie Crestwell making her presentation to the May 25, 2016 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Veterans for Peace continues to criticize CPS militarization, planning Memorial Day work...'we attended the [2013] Memorial Day Parade expecting to see a somber tribute to those killed in wars. We were shocked to see that the majority of the parade was youth in military uniforms...'

[Editor's Note: The following remarks were prepared for delivery to the Chicago Board of Education's May 25, 2016 meeting by Arny Stieber, of Veterans for Peace. They were provided to us by the speaker and . . .

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Arny Stieber of Veterans for Peace reads the group's statement to the May 25, 2016 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Bowen HS co-location scheme erased Bowen's name from its own marquee...!

[Editor's Note. The following remarks were prepared for delivery to the Chicago Board of Education's May 25, 2016 meeting by David Vance, who does photography for Substance and Labor Beat and is also an LSC . . .

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David Vance speaking during the May 25, 2016 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: May 25 meeting of the Chicago Board of Eduction is business as usual despite the latest financial 'crisis'...

Sitting in the front of the small group of citizens allowed into the chambers of the Chicago Board of Education at the Board's May 25, 2016 meeting was a group of highly paid executives, almost . . .

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The experience that both

Chicago Board of Education to renew Aramark contract, further expand privatization on May 25... Aramark deal will cost CPS $260 millon (!) while Claypool will take buses to Springfield claiming that CPS will be facing huge school budget cuts without another $500 million from Illinois...

The Chicago Board of Education is preparing to approve a continuation of the controversial contract for school custodial services with Aramark corporation, and to expand or add other privatization deals as the nation's third largest . . .

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Five of the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education at the Board's January 2016 meeting. Left to right: Dominique Jordan Turner, Jaime Guzman, Frank Clark (Board President), Gail Ward, and Rev. Michael Garanzini. Not in this photograph are two of the Board members. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Privatization continues and pension attack is coming... Chicago Board of Education's May 25, 2016 Agenda shows that even when it cries 'broke!' the Chicago Board of Education continues the massive and expensive expansion of privatization...

A detailed analysis of the Agenda for the meeting of the Chicago Board of Education scheduled for May 25, 2016 makes it clear that even when the Board cries it is broke it continues to . . .

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Members of the Chicago Board of Education and some of the latest bureaucrats reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the March 25, 2016 meeting of the Board. Left to right (rear): Gail Ward, Michael Baranzini, Forrest Claypool (CEO of CPS) and Ronald Marmer. Substance photo by David Vance.

MEDIA WATCH: Sun-Times and Sneed get the fact crooked from a crooked source on the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA) memberships... CPAA is now increasing memberships as more see reasons to stand up and speak out...

Everyone knows that a gossip columnist who has been promoting the likes of Michael Pfleger for decades -- and never asking why "violence" has been increasing despite all the sermons and prattling -- can't be . . .

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City Hall propagandists like Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed never correct any lies or disinformation they report, so it's unlikely that the growing membership in the CPAA will contradict what Sneed has reported, let alone generate a correction.

Some Gaps in 'Fixing the Achievement Gap'...

Ronald Brownstein published the same article in two major publications: On May 19, “The Challenge of Educational Inequality” appeared in the Atlantic and one day later “Fixing the achievement gaps” appeared in the Los Angeles . . .

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Although the current Atlantic's lengthy psycho-analysis of Donald Trump trumped the brief revival of the old claims about overcoming the achievement gap by Ronald Brownstein, one of the Atlantic's editors, the Brownstein piece should cause readers to note that the major pundits of corporate America and corporate

Alderman notes National Police Week and notes that Chicago's debt -- including odd 'instruments' -- is subject to greater scrutiny... What has CTU to say?

The alderman of the 45th Ward, John Arena, has noted in his latest bulletin, that this is National Police Week. Alderman Arena, one of the most consistent supporters of the Chicago Teachers Union, issued the . . .

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LaRaviere statement on his election...

The following statement was distributed to the members of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA) by president-elect Troy LaRaviere following the announcement that he had been elected the organization's president. On May 19, 2016, . . .

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One of the many things that got newly elected CPAA president Troy LaRaviere into trouble was Troy's support of Bernie Sanders.