The September 2014 Issue of Substance

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National Writers Union 'Read-in' on September 6 at Powell's on Halsted

Next Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Chicago Chapter of the National Writers Union will hold a “Read In” (something like a “Teach In”) at the Powell’s Book Store on Halsted, just south of Roosevelt Road . . .


Know your enemies department... Resistance has grown enormously since the Septembers of 'Waiting for Superman' and 'Won't Back Down.' But the attacks on public education continue behind a phalanx of plutocratic billions of dollars and sanctimonious astroturf groups and some Hollywood propaganda

As the 2014 - 2015 school year begins, the spread of the Resistance to the reign of corporate school reform (of which high-stakes corporate testings and single-measure "metrics" of schools' and children's success reign) has . . .


MEDIA WATCH: Is America finally learning to reject Chicago's 'education' experts? Connecticut rids itself of AUSL's Terrence Carter a few months after ejecting Paul G. Vallas

Before we review the final chapter in the fraudulent career of "doctor" Terrence Carter, who almost got to be the superintendent of the New London, Connecticut public schools, people in Chicago should ask themselves why . . .


A final 'Labor Day' reminder... from 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd'-- 'some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen...'

I wasn't able to make the Labor Day activities in Chicago's historic Pullman district on Labor Day 2014, but it wasn't for not wanting to. Some things I can do, and some I can't. But . . .


MEDIA WATCH: A Once-Respected Education Journal Goes Rah Rah for Whatever Bill Wants... How Eli Broad and Bill Gates compromised the integrity of the Phi Delta Kappan

Whatever Bill Gates wants,
Bill Gates gets.
And America,
Bill Gates wants your kid.

Recline yourself, resign yourself,
you're through.
He always gets what he pays for.
And kids' heart'n . . .


'What are called a 'public schools' in many of America’s wealthy communities aren’t really 'public' at all. In effect, they’re private schools, whose tuition is hidden in the purchase price of upscale homes, and in the corresponding property taxes....' Inequality welcomes children and teachers back

[Editor's Note: The following was posted as "Back to School, and to Widening Inequality" by Robert Reich, August 25, 2014 on Robert Reich's blog. Reich served as Labor Secretary under Bill Clinton but has been . . .


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