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Barack Obama addresses the AFT Convention via satellite

[The following is a transcript of Senator Obama's speech to the American Federation of Teacher's annual convention in Chicago, delivered via satellite.]
Remarks to the 80th Convention of the American Federation of Teachers

Senator Barack Obama

July 13, 2008

Hello, everybody. I'm sorry I can't join you | Continue . . .

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Outgoing AFT president calls for abolition of No Child Left Behind


In a major address to the 3,000 delegates to the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), outgoing AFT President Ed McElroy announced that the union was no longer in | Continue . . .

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Barack Obama hosts $2,000 per person fundraiser at AFT convention hotel while continuing to snub union members who first brought him to office in Illinois

CHICAGO. REGENCY HYATT HOTEL. JULY 11, 2008. At 7:00 p.m. on July 11, 2008, U.S. Senator Barack Obama was hosting a $2,000-a-plate fundraiser at Chicago's Regency Hyatt Hotel, one of the two main hotels for the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). While thousands of teachers were | Continue . . .

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Fanny packs from Chicago Teacher's Union greet AFT convention goers

Bright Red CTU fanny packs?

Honest: Fanny packs from Marilyn Stewart (and "Go Promotions")...

DATELINE CHICAGO, THE AFT. Walking into the AFT convention at Navy Pier as the American Federation of Teachers began its bi-annual convention on July 10, 2008, the first thing a curious delegate | Continue . . .

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Substance to report from AFT convention

Beginning this morning Substance will be providing thorough news coverage of all AFT proceedings. | Continue . . .

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Reports from the NEA Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 3, 3008 The California delegation to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA RA) has just voted to neither support or oppose the NEA Board of Directors recommended bylaw amendment to make persons employed in private sector preschool programs eligible for active NEA membership. The delegation | Continue . . .

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Save Senn video by Labor Beat

A video of the December 19, 2007 protest against the creation of "small-schools" inside Senn High School.


President, Mayor hide behind massive security to promote "No Child Left Behind"

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President Bush paid a visit to Chicago to tout the federal 'No Child Left Behind' Act in the morning at the north side's Greeley Elementary School. Later in the day he met with city leaders to discuss the economy and the city's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Military Invades the Board of Education Meeting

The November 14 Board of Education meeting became a sight to behold, as military personell lined the chamber walls, some in full combat fatigues, to support continued recruiting in Chicago's high schools.


Chicago now the most militarized school system in the U.S.

Mayor Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emmanuel, and Arne Duncan used the opportunity of the dedication of the nation's first Marine Corps military academy public high school to attack critics of militarization of the Chicago public schools during the 11:00 a.m. dedication ceremony at the former Grant Elementary School at 145 S. Campbell in Chicago today.


Breaking Story: Chaos at the CTU Meeting [Video Update]

Check Out Substance Reporter Al Ramirez's Videos with Full Explanations [Substance Videos]

Marylin Stewart made the unprecedented decision to not hold a role-call vote at the August 31, 2007 Chicago Teacher's Meeting. The chaos that ensued was caught on video, and shows a throng of teachers and union members in the crowd booing the newly proposed contract.

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CTU to reach Tentative Agreement by August 31st

On Wednesday, August 22nd CTU President Marilyn Stewart announced to the House of Delegates that the union had made a breakthrough in negotiations and reached a 'framework' for an agreement.   Though both sides were still working out details, the union expects to have a tentative agreement by late next week...