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Outsource Custodians, Insource Rats: Chicago Schools Fall Apart After Privatization

Outsource Custodians, Insource Rats: Chicago Schools Fall Apart After Privatization
Privatization is not the cure-all politicians like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel would have us believe. When custodial services were pawned off to the lowest bidder for the city's public schools, cleanliness became an afterthought.
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Obama in Speech: Media Shouldn't Give Equal Weight to Crazy (And Very Wrong) Positions on the Right

Obama in Speech: Media Shouldn't Give Equal Weight to Crazy (And Very Wrong) Positions on the Right
President Barack Obama lambasted the media's penchant for false equivalency in a speech in Chicago Thursday night. We have a group (Republicans) who deny science, who continue to race bait, who's intractable political obstinance has caused the government to grind to a screaming halt. These positions are empirically wrong, plain and simple.
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Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools

 Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools
After Chicago closed 50 public schools in 2013, partly in order to make room for the growing number of privately owned schools (currently numbering 130), the residents were told that charter schools provided a better education for their children. However, a new study suggests that that's not true, not at all.
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Kind of Blue: Why Red State Beacon ALEC Was Right at Home in 'Liberal' Chicago

Kind of Blue: Why Red State Beacon ALEC Was Right at Home in 'Liberal' Chicago
ALEC has provided conservative state legislators with some of the most odious legislation over the past few decades — from Wisconsin's treatment of public union employees to Florida's "Stand your Ground" law. Liberals, progressives, and those who identify themselves as Democrats are comfortable with assigning these policies to those crazy crackpot Republicans, but the truth shows that many of ALEC's policies were perfected in the blue-bathed light of Chicago.
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ALEC Unveils New Anti-Environmental Agenda in Chicago

ALEC Unveils New Anti-Environmental Agenda in Chicago
New internal documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal new methods that fossil fuel companies, agrochemical interests and corporate lobbying groups will use to influence state policies in the coming months through the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
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Gutting Worker Rights for the Wooing of Boeing

Gutting Worker Rights for the Wooing of Boeing
Washington State has a world-class aerospace cluster, employing more than 130,000 people making products the rest of the world wants to buy. In 2003, Boeing cast a chill on the state, moving its headquarters to Chicago. In 2009, the chill deepened with the decision to assemble some 787s in South Carolina. Sadly, this trend is continuing.
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Stan Sorscher
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Stock Cuts and Bonds: Chicago Struggles to Fund Schools

Stock Cuts and Bonds: Chicago Struggles to Fund Schools
Chicago Public Schools recently asserted — again — that there was a way to "improve" community schools, cut budgets, $52 million dollars worth. The decision to eliminate administrative and operational expenses is touted as a means to help close an estimated $1 billion deficit, just as school closures were supposed to do. The earlier claims proved untrue, will this one?
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Bob George and Betsy L. Angert
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Chicago’s Choice: Closing 50 Schools But Spending $100 Million On Basketball Arena

Chicago’s Choice: Closing 50 Schools But Spending $100 Million On Basketball Arena
While Chicago insists it must close these schools to close budget gaps, it has just announced that it will be dedicated as much as $100 million in public funds for the construction of a new basketball arena at DePaul University — which is about a third of the cost of the project.
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Chicago Teachers March Against Mass School Closings Enters Third Day

Chicago Teachers March Against Mass School Closings Enters Third Day
Chicago Teachers are taking a stand once again in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to close dozens of schools in low income Chicago communities—this time with a three day march for "education justice."
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Chicago Prepares to Close 54 Public Schools

Chicago Prepares to Close 54 Public Schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the mayor's hand-picked Chicago Board of Education have their sights set on closing 54 public schools this year.
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