The May 2018 Issue of Substance

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A closer look at the racism of Paul Vallas's New Orleans 'miracle'... When School Reform Falters (if You’re Black and Poor) in New Orleans.....

[Introductory by Jim Schwab. While I was in New Orleans April 19-24 for the American Planning Association’s 2018 National Planning Conference, my wife, Jean, was also there. A retired Chicago Public Schools teacher and retiree . . .


Gangs in Chicago. 'South C's' still in business in 'South Chicago'...

A small article in the May 8 Chicago Sun-Times reminded me that most of the work of Chicago's drug gangs continues, business as usual, into this, now their fourth generation. Back in the 1990s, when . . .


Chicago Teachers Pension Fund to elect teacher and retiree trustees in coming months

Two important elections will be held in October and November 2018, as the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) elects two teacher trustees and one pensioner trustee to its 12-member board. Any teacher member who qualifies . . .


Autism Awareness event at Schurz High School

The Autism Awareness Week event at Schurz High School in Chicago was a success, according to the hundreds of people who attended it. Widespread publicity not only on the Northwest Side but across Chicago helped . . .


Students to IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management)... Gary is Not a Dump, Our Education is More Important than a Dump!

Over 80 students, teachers and supporters of the Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana, rallied and protested Thursday night, May 10, 2018, first at the United Steelworkers of America #1014 hall and then later at . . .


Despite Vallas's claims, be left behind corruption and financial wreck in Philadelphia...

Despite claims by Paul Vallas and his cheerleaders at the Chicago Tribune, Vallas left behind a wreck when he was forced out of his job at the top of the nation's fourth largest schools system. . . .


The Paul Vallas I Know Was a Racist...Paul Vallas and the origins of the corporate 'school reform' policy to eliminate black teachers and principals in Chicago...

[Editor's Note: With the May 1 front page story touting Paul Vallas followed by the May 2 Tribune editorial basically endorsing Vallas for Mayor of Chicago, it's clear that the Vallas Mayth persists, at least . . .


Substance back issues now go to nearly the beginning of the 21st Century...

On line back issues of Substance can be found to almost the beginning of the 21st Century, even though the Substance print edition was suspended in September 2014. Substance has been published continuously since 1975, . . .


We were forced to suspend subscriptions to our print edition a year ago, and after wishing we could get back into print have finally admitted that we can only continue as an online publication. Therefore, readers can no longer subscribe to Substance on paper, but those who wish to donate will be thanked.

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