Board of Education meeting sign up begins Monday, September 21, 2015, for September Board meeting... Board will meet on Tuesday (September 29) instead of Wednesday because of the holy day...

Chicago Board of Education President Frank Clark (right) and Vice President Jesse Ruiz (left) continued the Board's policy of hostility towards the public by continuing to limit "public participation" to 60 people and to limit "observers" at the Board's public meetings in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Above, Ruiz and Clark during the August 26, 2015 Board meeting, when fewer than 30 people actually spoke to the Board, which quickly went into closed session to approve a group of executive hires submitted by the new "Chief Executive Officer" Forrest Claypool. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.The September 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education will be held on Tuesday September 29, 2015, instead of the usual Wednesday, because of the holy day. The sign up for the September board meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015. For the past three months, sign-up has been closed within ten minutes of the opening. As Substance readers know, the Board continues to strangle public participation not only by siccing security against those who protest during the meeting, but by limiting the total number of speakers to 60, even though fewer than 30 people have actually spoken at any Board meeting during 2015. The logic offered by the Board is that each speaker is allowed two minutes, and the Board doesn't have to allow "public participation" to go on for more than two hours (60 x 2 = 120 minutes, according to BOARDTHINK). The Board's hostility towards public participation made a seamless transition when David Vitale was replaced as Board President by Frank Clark, and Barbara Byrd Bennett was replaced as CEO by Forrest Claypool.

The official announcement (below) is available on the CPS website (


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

CPS Loop Office

42 W. Madison Street, Garden Level, Board Room

Chicago, IL 60602 Save to your calendar Add to Google calendar

Registration opens on September 21 at 8:00 AM

For the September 29, 2015 Board Meeting, advance registration to speak and observe will be available beginning Monday, September 21st at 8:00 a.m. and close Friday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m., or until all slots are filled. You can advance register during the registration period by the following methods:

Online: (recommended)

Phone: (773) 553-1600

In Person: 1 North Dearborn Street, Suite 950

The Public Participation segment of the meeting will begin as indicated in the meeting agenda and proceed for no more than 60 registered speakers for the two hours.


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