The December 2018 Issue of Substance

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George Schmidt stories and tributes on Substance October 2018 homepage

The October 2018 Substance News homepage is devoted to stories and comments about editor George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column of the . . .


One teacher's "Do Not Hire" list tale of woe

African American teachers have been hit hard by the racist policies of the Chicago Public Schools agenda to close mostly black schools and eliminate many black teaching professionals.

The latest casualty today is a . . .


Chance the Rapper's funny "Elderly Aldermen" shows why it's so tough to win an aldermanic seat

Chance the Rapper's new video on the Chicagoist explains why it's so tough for young people who are not incumbents, like Chicago teacher Erika Wozniak, running in the 46th ward, to win elections to Chicago's . . .


CTU House of Delegates endorses Toni Preckwinkle, plus additional information from meeting

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting was held on December 5, 2018. A report on the meeting, with information in addition to the endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle for mayor, follows:

The pre-meeting open . . .


Striking charter school teachers in good spirits

In spite of the 26-degree weather, teachers at Clemente Elementary, one of the 15 Acero charter schools in Chicago, were in good spirits on Day Two of their historic strike. The 500 Acero teachers and . . .


Judge rules against CPS, lays ground for reform in school closures

A Cook County judge ruled in favor of parents and community activists who sought to freeze Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close their south side elementary school, National Teachers Academy (NTA), by granting their motion . . .


Charter school teachers strike

Over 500 CTU members at 15 UNO/Acero charter schools are on strike—the first strike of a charter operator in U.S. history.


Our educators are fighting for more resources for our students, and better . . .


Chance the Rapper speaks out against CPS plan to close NTA

Chance the Rapper, who has given generous grants for arts education to Chicago neighborhood high schools and spoken out against charter schools, is now speaking out against the National Teachers Academy closing. His commentary appears . . .


Chicago mayoral forum highlights some differences

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The Chicago Teachers Union hosted a mayoral forum on November 19 entitled reversing the push-out of Chicago’s Black families and building a city that works for the many, not the few. . . .


The Paul Vallas "education miracle" is a hoax, whether in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans or Bridgeport

As Paul Vallas makes his case for becoming mayor of Chicago in the February 2019 election, mainstream media news coverage continues to repeat easily refuted lies of his success as a school reformer. Chicago reporters . . .


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