The April 2017 Issue of Substance

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BOOK REVIEW: Historical analysis of American white supremacy shows how Black subjugation in America developed and is maintained, noting that slavery was central to the development of world capitalism...

Books reviewed: Theodore W. Allen, The Invention of the White Race. London and New York: Verso, 2012.... Edward E. Bishop, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: . . .


PARCC heading to the dustbin of history despite Chicago administrators' tenacious hold on another failed high-stakes test...

Just in time for Easter and the end of Passover, word is coming in -- again -- about the demise of the infamous PARCC test. Despite claims by some ignorant Chicago public schools administrators as . . .


BOOK REVIEW: Chicago's massive racial segregation and the 'border' along Austin Blvd. between Chicago and Oak Park...

As I was reading the December 2016 Chicago Union Teacher paper that I received in late January 2017, I got very excited to read that a book was written about the racial segregation in the . . .


CTU president announces no May 1 'strike' even before the House of Delegates meeting...

Despite the fact that the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates will not be meeting until the evening of April 7, 2017, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told reporters from the Chicago Sun-Times and . . .


Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech against the Vietnam War was delivered on April 4, 1967... Let's remember it as things look nasty in 2017...

Today is an important anniversary for those of us who try and struggle for justice and peace. Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. broke with most of America's liberals to oppose the Vietnam War, . . .


NIX THE NETWORKS! Analysis of CPS 'Position File' shows that Claypool has been increasing bureaucracy through his own cronyism and by pushing the patronage jobs out into the so-called 'Networks'...

Because the current leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union refuses to maintain an independent research capacity that analyzes the finances of the Chicago Board of Education, for more than two years the union's 26,000 members . . .


Chicago Teachers Union field rep exposes latest expensive corruption in Claypool administration

Chicago Teachers Unon field representative Joseph McDermott have uncovered that latest Claypool corruption, malfeasance, harassment and coercion against the members of the CTU, and the expose has now been aired on the WTTW Chicago Tonight. . . .


Rally in support of Sarah Chambers brings 200 people to Southwest Side school...

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, students, teachers and parents rallied in support of Sarah Chambers, who has been removed as a teacher at Saucedo elementary school. Various sources cited the number of people at the . . .


When silence is not golden... While City Council members explode about CPS finance lies, Chicago Teachers Union and Karen Lewis are conspicuously silent as a result of their partnership with CPS on financial obfuscations...

The news from Chicago's City Council was explosive on April 18, 2017, as members of the Council exploded publicly demanding to know why officials of the Chicago Public Schools are refusing to provide the Council . . .


'Let Sarah teach!' rally scheduled for April 18 at Saucedo, Saucedo Academy, 2850 W 24th Blvd in Chicago in protest against CPS suspension of the leader in the fight for special education and against high-stakes testing...

Supporters of Sarah Chambers including students, former students, parents, and CTU members, are expected to gather at Saucedo Elementary School on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, after school at four p.m. in a "Let Sarah teach!" . . .


Illinois Association of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) threatens 'copyright infringement' lawsuit in order to shut down criticism of the group's position on current special education legislation in Springfield...

Once again a powerful group is attempting to utilize a claim about federal copyright law to stifle a full debate over public education policy in Illinois. Since the beginning of April, the Illinois Association of . . .


The 'RESIST Movement'... Community organizing featured at event at CTU is part of planning for the May Day event...

Community grassroots groups met on April 4, 2017, at the Chicago Teachers Union for a teach-in to prepare for a May 1 2017 rally. The Resist. Re-imagine. Rebuild. rally will occur at Ogden and Roosevelt . . .


Fight to keep Sarah Chambers in the classroom and on the front lines for justice grows as DNA Info puts together a major story about the latest CPS purges...

The fight to keep Saucedo Elementary School special education teacher Sarah Chambers in the classroom and on the front lines in the struggle for educational justice in Chicago continued to grow in strength during the . . .


CPS attempt to fire Sarah Chambers prompts nationwide petition in support of the Chicago leader in Opt Out movement...

Less than a day after Chicago Public Schools officials informed Saucedo elementary school teacher Sarah Chambers that she was being removed from the school and facing trial that could end her teaching job, the attack . . .


Federal prosecutors seek seven years in prison for Rahm's corrupt former schools 'Chief Executive Officer' Barbara Byrd Bennett... while Tribune still supports Rahm's power over the public schools against an elected school board!...

By April 7, 2017, nearly two years after she was ousted as "Chief Executive Officer" of Chicago's public schools, former CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett was finally facing her federal prison term. On April 7 news . . .


Chicago Teachers Union officially announces that there will not be a May 1 one-day 'strike'... union's members still awaiting the actual contract while living in a contractual haze over questions like whether 'furlough days' are a contract violation!...

Following weeks of tense discussions in the schools and on line, the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union decided at the union's House of Delegates meeting on April 5, 2017 that the union would not . . .


CPS FINANCE FACTS: Network costs increasing despite Claypool claims that he's 'reduced administration' to the bone (and beyond beyond...)...

Despite claims by Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Forrest Claypool that under his administration the costs of the administrative bureaucracy has been reduced to the lowest possible levels, the facts based on a close . . .


CTU members poised to reject May 1 so-called 'strike' by huge majority... If the rank and file actually get to vote on the question!

On the first anniversary of the first-ever one-day so-called "strike" (that was on April 1, 2016) by the Chicago Teachers Union, members across Chicago are poised to reject the call by the union's leaders for . . .


Gang violence along with assaults -- sometimes vicious -- on teachers and staff are increasing in and around Chicago's schools while CTU leadership refuses to deal with the roots of the problems and joins some others in blaming law enforcement for the city's plague of 'violence'...

Organized drug gang violence has been increasing in Chicago's public schools this school year, as the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union looks the other way or -- worse -- declares that students who engage . . .


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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