Board continued to stick its finger in teachers' eyes at May and June meetings, expanding wasteful privatization expenses while screaming about the fiscal 'crisis'...

Although the Chicago Board of Education, backed by some of the city's wealthiest and most powerful people (including the editors of the Chicago Tribune, but not the reporters), continued claiming its fiscal "crisis" during April, . . .

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Members of the Chicago Board of Education continued their cynical disregard for the needs of the schools and their legal obligations during the June 24, 2015 Board meeting. Above, left to right, on stage at Brooks High School during the meeting, are Mahalia Hines, David Vitale, Carlos Azcoitia, Gail Ward, and Jesse Ruiz. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Board of Education pays full pension payment after lengthy game of 'Chickie' with the public on behalf of Rahm Emanuel and the world's ruling class.... Jesse Ruiz announces layoffs of 1,400 from the city's schools as the divide and conquers tactics continue...

Despite one last attempt by officials of the Chicago Board of Education and the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bully the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF), the leaders of the . . .

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Despite attempts by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make himself dictator of the pension fund, legislators blocked the mayor's moves against the democratic election of the fund's trustees, ten of whom are elected. Six of those are elected by active duty teachers. The current president of the fund's trustees, Whitney Young High School teacher Jay C. Rehak (above), has been actively studying the finances of the Chicago Public Schools longer than any of the current members of the Chicago Board of Education, and like the trustees for teachers and retired teachers, Rehak knows more in more detail than the every changing administrators across the Loop at CPS headquarters. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

MEDIA WATCH: From 'Chicagoland' to 'The Wire', and from Rahm Emanuel to Stringer Bell.... Has Chicago's mayor been using a 'burner' cell phone to contact negotiator and evade the Freedom of Information Act? ...how 'Hillarying' Hillary Clinton...

As negotiations grew more and more intense between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education's "team" of lawyers and administrators during June 2015, people on the union side began noting that the . . .

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Rahm in a scene from

Board lays off 1,400 school staff... Revenge for forcing pension payment?

At the same time the Chicago Board of Education was making the mandatory payment of $634 million to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, officials of Chicago Public Schools announced that 1,400 teachers and other school . . .

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Ruiz and Cawley appear before pension trustees to propose a deal... CTPF looks to approve Board plan to spread out 2016 and 2017 pension payments....

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) heard from three top financial officials on the morning of July 1, 2015, following the cliffhanger payment of the full $624 million that Chicago Public Schools owed to the . . .

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Arne Duncan’s Patently False Promise to Forgive Student Debts at For-Profit Schools... A Black Agenda Radio commentary...

[Editor's Note: Sorry we missed this one earlier, but we are still busy tracking the lies that Arne Duncan told before he left Chicago in January 2009 to take the Chicago plan national thanks to . . .

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Despite the fact that he never taught a month in any public (or private) school classroom, Chicago's Arne Duncan was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama in January 2009. The reason? Duncan had implemented corporate America's

The 'bankruptcy' boogeyman haunts corporate media... David Vitale has been covering up the massive mismanagement of CPS borrowing by David Vitale, Arne Duncan, and the top officials of America's third-largest school system... Bankruptcy in Chicago? Another bit of ruling class nonsense...

By May and June 2015, it was obvious that the refusal of the leaders of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education refused to request arbitration on the so-called "toxic swaps" (variable rate bonds) was . . .

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Saqib Bhatti of the Roosevelt Institute made a presentation at the September 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education explaining to the Board, months before a lowered bond rating resulted in millions of dollars in penalties because of the Board's variable rate bond deals, that the Board could go to arbitration to challenge the deals, called

Why the negotiations broke off? Contract forum by CTU... Report on CTU-CPS Contract Negotiations - Community Forum

A report on the CTU contract negotiations prepared by Labor Beat is now available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/1MxMtQ_tcig. The June 26, 2015 announcement that contract talks have been broken off makes this video more important . . .

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CTU members listen to the contract forum on May 19, 2015. Labor Beat photo by Larry Duncan.

'Negotiations broken off!' Chicago Teachers Union announces following continuing attacks on union by Board of Education, ruling class hacks...

Less than four days after some officials of the Chicago Teachers Union were talking hopefully that the union might reach an agreement on a new contract before the June 30, 2015 expiration of the current . . .

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Surrounded by members of the

Charleston, the KKK, white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the lies we were told as 'history' -- and 'literature' and art -- 'The Confederate flag is directly tied to the Confederate cause, and the Confederate cause was white supremacy...'

One of the best times I had during the years the Chicago Board of Education was firing me for heresy (publishing the ridiculous CASE tests in Substance) happened in Atlanta, Georgia, at a convention of . . .

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Reportedly the first movie screened at The White House, the film

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of June 24, 2015 highlighted by suppression of public participation and further touting of charter schools expansion.... CTU Financial Secretary pulled from microphone on Vitale's orders while speaking listing the Board's latest wasteful expenses...

Once again, the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its regular monthly meeting in a South Side side neighborhood community on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The meeting at the spacious campus of Gwendolyn Brooks College . . .

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The Board of Education members were arrayed on stage at Brooks High School on June 24, 2015. Above, left to right: Mahalia Hines, David Vitale, Carlos Azcoitia, and Gail Ward. Substance photo by David Vance.

PENSION UPDATE: CTPF still demanding full payment of CPS pension money.... Board of Education approves additional hundreds of millions in charterization and privatization at its June 24 meeting, while claiming the pension is what's bankrupting Chicago schools...

After the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a bill proposed by Chicago Rep. Barbara Flynn Curry, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) reiterated its demand that the Chicago Board of Education pay in full . . .

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Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale was still power at the Board's June 24, 2015 meeting, despite the overwhelming evidence that a part of the Chicago Public Schools's so-called

Union busting, Chicago - style... Rally at Urban Prep charter school's 'board' meeting challenges firing of 17 teachers who unionized -- then were fired this month!... Speakers at June 25 rally challenge Urban Prep's lies, CPS expansion of the school...

The "Urban Prep Academies" charter schools network in Chicago has become the latest battleground in the war on teachers unions. A rally at the school followed an end-of-the-year announcement by Urban Prep's leadership that the . . .

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Samuel Adams, who says he has worked at Urban Prep for 8 years, praised one of the teachers fired by the board of the non-profit organization that operates a " width=200>

Vitale, Ruiz cynically strangle public participation as Board hosts monthly meeting at Brooks High School... CPS leaders help charter school touts orchestrate monthly testimonials while ignoring growing scandals at virtually all of the city's charters and charter 'networks'...

The slow, hypocritical and cynical strangulation of public participation at the monthly meetings of the Chicago Board of Education by the Board's chieftains, President David Vitale and Vice President (currently "Interim CEO") Jesse Ruiz, will . . .

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Urban Prep charter schools chieftain Tim King (above, licking lips) is being paid $220,000 per year, more than any CPS official except the

MEDIA WATCH: Grading the PARCC tests by Pearson's minimum wage workers is like assembling the Big Mac, according to Pearson executives in a June 23, 2015 New York Times front page story!...

Since we are always willing to give the "Sam Dillon Award" to the New York Times reporter who is in the tank with the ruling class and corporate school reform, it's sometimes nice to read . . .

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CTU prepares for Sunday's Pride Parade... and history of STONEWALL as the Pride Parade approaches... A first-hand history lesson...

On June 22, 2015, the Chicago Teachers Union notified its members that the union will be among the leading contingents in the Sunday, June 28, Pride Parade (formerly the Gay Pride Parade).

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The art of Thomas Lanigan Schmidt includes the ubiquitous rat, shown above. The rats were made from foil, with Magic Marker for the coloration.

Whatever happened to Steve Zrike?... Former Chicago administrator still practicing teacher bashing and union busting corporate 'school reform' after his return to Massachusetts...

As most regular readers of Substance know, Chicago Public Schools administrators and members of the Board of Education have, for the past decade, been hiring administrators from outside Chicago, promoting them, and, as the Chicago . . .

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Rahm gives student workers the shaft... Mayor's minimum wage increase no princely sum, but mayor's Board of Education to give student workers the $8.25-an-hour summer shaft ... Rahm claims the law will help 'lift workers out of poverty...' while ignoring thousands...

Rahm Emanuel touted a higher minimum wage -- $10 an hour this July – in his mayoral campaign. He claims the law will 'help lift workers out of poverty.' $10 an hour is no princely . . .

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As usual, Rahm Emanuel's publicly financed propaganda departments are claiming one thing, while Rahm's minions at CPS are doing another.

CORE meeting postponed until June 29...

The June 2015 meeting of Chicago's Caucus of Rank and File Educators is postponed for one week. A discussion within CORE demonsrtated that many teachers and others working in the schools are "very tired" as . . .

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CORE candidates were first elected to the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union in June 2010. The entire CORE slate was re-elected in the May 2013 CTU election.

Chicago Board of Education meeting agenda -- very possibly the longest in history at roughly 500 pages -- indicates business as usual... June 24 meeting to begin at 4:30 at Brooks High School...

The Chicago Board of Education is meeting for the second time in a year at a school, rather than at the Board's downtown Chicago headquarters. The June 24 meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at . . .

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The final day for four of the current members of the Chicago Board of Education will be June 24, 2015. As the Board's public agenda showed on June 22, 2015, the Board members have not changed anything about their strategy and tactics. Despite questionable claims published on June 22 on the front page of the Chicago Tribune, the Board members need to be reminded that they refused over two years to try and disengage from the