The October 2017 Issue of Substance

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'Spitting' lies still loom large in Ken Burns's 'Vietnam'... History as written, in part, by the cowards like Sylvester Stallone ('Rambo') and others who lived the 'Draft Dodger Rag'...

Aware that a Ken Burns video about a part of our history is likely to become a major piece of the curriculum by means of which American children (including my own) learn the "lessons" of . . .


CTA strike looms... Union activist explains strike issues to Chicago Metro Retirees...

ChicagoMetro Retirees, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans met on September 25, 2017. The topics for discussion were Trump Care and Why 98% of CTA El Train Workers Voted Yes to a Preliminary Strike Vote. The . . .


SQRT III or IV... Readers reminded that the original 'School Quality Rating Policy' by Barbara Byrd Bennett & Co. was supposed to solve all the problems...

Now that, once again, the Chicago ruling class is insisting that we get historical amnesia, readers who want to know how big the joke is can read -- exclusively in Substance's BACK ISSUES -- the . . .


Burns’ Vietnam: Other Problems and Lies... Vietnam lies by Ken Burns. More factual contradictions to the Ken Burns false historical 'objectivity' that is trying to sustain American myths about the Vietnam War...

I found the 9th and 10th episodes to be the most egregiously wrong and sometimes disgusting. In order to overcome the fog of lies that follows the fog of war in Vietnam (in the context . . .


Controversies continue to swirl as Chicago Teachers Union leadership attempts to consolidate its 'anti transparency' regime via proposed changes in the union's Constitution and By-Laws...

Significant and in some cases unprecedented controversies continued to swirl within the Chicago Teachers Union as the union leadership (mainly, officers and staff) continued to spend union dollars without approval by the House of Delegates . . .


Secret plans to reduce special ed programs revealed by WBEZ... City Council's Progressive Caucus demands that Claypool testify before the Council...

Following an explosive investigative report on Chicago's WBEZ radio, critics of the Chicago Board of Education and the administration of CEO Forrest Claypool have become even more active. One result of the revelation that Claypool . . .


Eyewitness... The Situation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands: What the Press Is Not Reporting

As Donald Trump has been tweeting about NFL players not standing for the pledge or how he is being badly treated by the press (“Fake News”), the people in the American territories of Puerto Rico . . .


Chicago Teachers Union leaders preoccupied with deviant 'social justice' agendas while Chicago's general high schools and neighborhood elementary schools are screwed -- again -- during the opening weeks of school...

Once again, Chicago's general high schools have been forced to open for the 2017 - 2018 school year without enough teachers to staff the classrooms of all the students who have been arriving. Once again, . . .


CTU officers forced to post NLRB notice after CTU loses an unfair labor practice complaint from its own workers...

[img=9883]As the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union move towards consolidating a corporate-style reign over the union's 25,000 members, other anti-union aspects of the CTU's current regime are becoming more transparent (even as the union's . . .


'Members First' group in Chicago Teachers Union raises questions about proposed changes in CTU Constitution... Members First CTU charter merger questions and including the proposal for CTU to officially vote itself into a 'social justice union'...

The first agenda item for those who attended the Members First September 19, 2017 meeting at Connie’s Pizza was: Proposed CTU Constitution Changes. There were approximately 15-20 people in attendance. It was noted that many . . .


Board of Education controversies continue at September 2017 meeting

Major controversies continued at the September 2017 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, as Board members ignored charges of conflicts of interest against "Chief Executive Officer" Forrest Claypool and General Counsel Ronald Marmer. The . . .


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