BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education meeting of July 23, 2014 highlighted by large public protests against budget lies before the Board doubles down and votes to approve its $6.8 billion budget for the 2014 - 2015 school year

The Chicago Board of Education began its July 23, 2014 meeting at a little after 10:30 a.m. The roll call showed that six of the seven members of the Board were present, along with "Chief . . .

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Six of the seven members of the Board of Education were present for the July 23, 2014 Board meeting. Above, left to right, Henry Biened, Mahalia Hines, Jesse Ruiz, and David Vitale. Substance photo by David Vance.

BOARDWATCH: Community -- through W.A.N.T. -- again asks CPS to stop expanding Passages charter school and subsidizing 'American Quality Schools'

[The following is the statement read on July 23, 2013 by Diane Daleiden at the monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. The statement provided to Substance by the Ms. Deleiden and is reprinted . . .

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Dianne Daleiden speaks to the Board of Education's July 23, 2014 meeting about the attempt by American Quality Schools to expand the number of seats at the Passages Charter School which it operates against the community's wishes in the Andersonville Community on Chicago's North Side. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago's school board continues lies, while outrage explodes at the July 23 meeting. The $6.8 billion budget again increases money for charters (including those under federal FBI investigation) while continuing draining dollars from real public schools...

It has been months since all seven members of the Chicago Board of Education (all appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel) have been at a monthly meeting of the Board together. Considering that they only have . . .

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Three Board of Education security staff wrestled Jesus Burgos and dragged him out of the January23, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education after he told them to stop harassing his wife, Rousemary Vega. The two, along with their children, were at the Board meeting, where Ms. Vega had registered to speak against the priorities of the proposed 2014 - 2015 budget. When Board member Jesse Ruiz, who claimed to represent the north side Latino community, began leaving the Board chambers as criticisms of Board members' hypocrisy grew. Vega said

BOARDWATCH: Vitale's police state expands attacks on press freedom, as parents are hauled out of Board meeting and even the Tribune and Sun-Times are warned against 'disrupting' the meeting by covering the news

One year after the Chicago Board of Education made the Guinness Book of World Records for ruthlessly closing the largest number of public schools in the nation's history and then trying to cover up the . . .

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After she had stood alone for less than two minutes denouncing the attacks on democracy and real public schools by the members of the Chicago Board of Education and

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board meeting shows disregard for protests from communities against AUSL, 'turnaround'

A large number of individuals who protested the proposed turnaround of Dvorak, McNair, and Gresham elementary schools dominated the public participation portion of the Chicago Board of Education monthly meeting held on Wednesday, April 23, . . .

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Chicago Public Schools

BOARDWATCH: February 26, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education continues Vitale's policy of suppressing democratic speech against CPS policies with escalating viciousness...

At the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education at 125 S. Clark Street on February 26, 2014, more parents of children at traditional neighborhood schools finally got a chance to speak during . . .

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Accompanied by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (half obscured behind the speaker) and CTU Quest Center and NBCT coordinator Lynn Cherkasky-Davis (above right),one of the more than 100 new NBCT teachers told the the Chicago Board of Education about her work and the program. After praising the program, the Board then went into its meeting, where teachers were again disregarded and major Power Point presentations on educational issues were delivered by highly paid CPS executives who had never taught in Chicago schools and whose main qualifications for their current administrative offices are the fact that they hold MBA degrees and are willing to deliver carefully scripted Power Point presentations in support of usually destructive corporate school reform programs. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

OPT OUT NEWS: Great video 'Ain't Gonna Teach To The Test No More' needed to begin every class today... Few corporate media news reports from the February 26 Board meeting get to the truth about what was said during the long meeting

A new You Tube video "Ain't Gonna Teach To The Test No More" to the tune of "Gonna Lay Down My Sword And Shield..." is going viral on You tube, thanks to the talented . . .

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One of many students who have been analyzing and criticizing the standardized testing fetish of Chicago's mayor and his hand-picked public schools leadership was Audobon school student Eleanor Griffith, who spoke with precision to the February 26, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Ms.Griffith told the Board that she had critically analyzed the NWEA MAP test and that the test was offensive: it didn't test what the children had been taught, often demanded that they know subjects above their grade level (e.g. high school math), and created a poisonous reality in the classroom (by forcing children to view one another as numbers that indicated that some were

BOARDWATCH: More Than A Score versus CPS on testing... 'we call on you to change the culture of fear and paranoia that feeds this misinformation by lowering the quantity and stakes of standardized testing and increasing the value placed on high quality learning.'

[Substance Editor's Note: The following statement was delivered at the February 26, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Educatoin by Cassie Crestwell of More Than A Score. The members of the Board of Education . . .

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Cassie Creswell of More than a Score presenting to the February 24, 2014 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

CONGRESSMAN DAVIS BETRAYS UNIONS... Final meeting of the Chicago Board of Education for 2013 continues Board's assault on the city's real public schools while eliminating more and more of the public from the 'public participation' in the lone public meeting of the month

The December meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 125 S. Clark Street began with festive holiday performances by Kenwood Academy and Lane Tech High School. Kenwood Academy guys . . .

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For thousands, the most shocking moment during the December 18, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education came when Congressman Danny Davis took the podium to betray decades of friendships and political allies by announcing that he was supporting the production of another union-busting charters school on Chicago's West Side. In a rambling five-minute orgation, Davis told the Board that he had always supported the public schools and that he loved the Chicago Teachers Union and that he had been a union member -- but instead of fixing the real public schools of the Aistin community he would prefer that a local community center be rewarded with a charter school charter and millions of dollars in public money for additional privatization. Before the meeting was over, many of Davis's former allies were branding him a traitor and preparing for the future. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: 'This was a deceptive backroom deal with no transparency, no public input, and no community meetings!...' Michelle Villegas' statement to the Board of Education exposing the hypocrisy of the Lincoln Elementary School addition

[Editor's Note: The following statement was read to the five members of the Chicago Board of Education during public participation at the November 20, 2013 meeting of the Board. Board members Andrea Zopp and Mahalia . . .

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Michelle Villegas reading her statement to the Chicago Board of Education on November 20, 2013. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Why Ames? Follow the Money!... Ames is not for sale!

[Editor's Note: The following statement was read to the five members of the Chicago Board of Education during public participation at the November 20, 2013 meeting of the Board. Board members Andrea Zopp and Mahalia . . .

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As Elizabeth Koutny continued to charge corruption on the part of Alderman Roberto Maldonado, the Board secretary screamed

BOARDWATCH: November 20, 2013 Board meeting sees fist fight, protests against overcrowding, and denunciations for past year's hypocrisy about 'underutilization'

Before the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education began on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, both sides of the arcade next to the Board lobby at 125 S. Clark Street were filled with . . .

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Students from the South Shore Fine Arts Academy performing at the November 21, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education continues Kafkaesque Power Point attacks on common sense as CPS presents a 'Facilities Plan' that is not a real facilities plan at its September 25, 2013 meeting

When is a 'plan' not a plan? When it's a school "facilities plan" in Chicago a few months after the massive school closings of 2013. And when it's a plan that can be ignored by . . .

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Chicago Public Schools 'Chief Transformation Officer' Todd Babbitz presented the Power Point version of the CPS 'Facilities Plan' to the Board's September 25, 2013 meeting. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

BOARDWATCH: Report on the September 25, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education... Facilities plan generates most comment, but Board's inconsistencies are exposed again

Approval of the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) and adoption of a new Information Security Policy were the main items on the agenda at the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board . . .

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Todd Babbitz, Chicago Public Schools

Vets for Peace asks Chicago Board of Education to 'de-militarize' CPS

[Editor's Note: At the September 25, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, Vets for Peace asked the Board during public presentation to "demilitarize itself." Substance practice is to ask selected speakers at public . . .

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Arny Stieber of Veterans for Peace asked the Chicago Board of Education to

BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education approves controversial budget and 'performance' policy while forcing the public out of the meeting

The FY14 (Fiscal Year 14) Budget Proposal and the SY14-15 (School Year 2014-2015) "School Quality Rating Policy" were the the two main items on the agenda at the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) monthly meeting . . .

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Chicago Public Schools

CPS had massively -- and ludicrously -- censored the official video of critical student testimony on July 24 , 2013 and cut all those who were dragged out of the meeting -- AGAIN

As the David Vitale Board of Education, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, continues to try and cover up all of the opposition to its policies, a dramatic example of CPS censorship became available on the . . .

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The official version of the Chicago Board of Education meeting of July 24, 2013 left out the protest by more than 15 CPS students who assembled along the wall, above, and demanded

Plaintiff's case presented from July 16 through July 17 in federal lawsuit against closings affecting special ed students

Three days of detailed testimony about the Chicago Board of Education's plans to close more than 50 of the city's real elementary schools took place in federal court in Chicago between July 16 and July . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle spoke to reporters (above in the lobby of the federal courts building in Chicago) following her July 16 testimony in the lawsuit on behalf of children with disabilities facing the school closings. Substance photo by Susan Zupan.

Defense case: How the Board of Education explained itself in federal court -- or didn't

The case presented by the Chicago Board of Education in defense of its actions took nearly two days July 17 and July 18, 2013. Although as of early August Judge Lee had not yet rendered . . .

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Markay Winston, who is currently the Officer of

BOOK REVIEWS: Propagandists for corporate 'school reform' publishing books regularly touting their versions of reality

In a way, the writers don't matter, because what is important is to overstuff the libraries with so-called "studies" and other tomes all depicting the same version of reality: The USA needs corporate reform to . . .

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