The July 2016 Issue of Substance

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Charter schools national conference in Nashville declares 'war' on the nation's real public schools...

[Editor's Note: When we read the article below two weeks ago, it was clear that we would want to publish it at Substance. Despite the claims by some charter school pushers that charter schools are . . .


TRUMPWACHT... Donald Trump's Nazi roots are exposed by historical research into Trump's own 'family values'. First question: What was Donald doing during the Vietnam War now that he's praising 'veterans' in every speech but somehow avoided the military service at the height of the Vietnam War?...

The elimination of the facts of history from many children's studies is now exploding, as the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump (original family name, Drumpf) calls on his followers to . . .


Chicago or Massachusetts? Or 'other'?? Where is 'ground zero' of corporate ed reform?...

Where and how did corporate "education reform" really being, and how has it expanded during the past quarter century or so? As voters in Massachusetts prepare for a referendum on what amounts to school privatization, . . .


MEDIA WATCH... CTU officer delivers critique of mindless editorial attacking Chicago teachers and others who do the daily work in Chicago's schools...

[Editor's Note: Five days after he was inaugurated into his third consecutive term as Recording Secretary of the Chicago Teachers Union, Michael Brunson provided the union members' response to the editorial in the plutocrats' mouthpiece, . . .


SUBSCRIPT... Ahhhh... the pain should feel sooo good! Chicago's morning tabloid's editorial writers fantasize about what they'd like to do to Chicago's teachers (and their union)...

On Friday, July 1, 2016 the Chicago SUN-TIMES editorial board published an opinion piece entitled “Now Let’s See Teachers Union Share the Pain”. A close reading of the opinion of Chicago's morning tabloid brings to . . .


Beware of Solutions, Final or Otherwise... Hillary Clinton's dubious Silicon Valley supporters...

Hillary Clinton laid out an extensive technology and innovation agenda Wednesday in a briefing document that amounts to a giant valentine to Silicon Valley. (--Dawn Chmieleski, Recode, June 30, 2016). Dawn Chmieleski points . . .


Petition against 'toxic swaps' from Grassroots Collaborative...

The campaign against so-called "toxic swaps" (variable rate government bond deals that cost millions of dollars if the rates go the wrong way -- and have) continued into July 2016, as Chicago's Grassroots Collaborative turned . . .


Lead list grows as more public schools are found facing 'Flint' issues ... Why is CTU leadership doing so little about toxicity and lead in Chicago's public schools?

As the Fourth of July weekend began on July 1, 2016, there were new reports of lead being found in Chicago public schools (see DNA Info story and listing below). But as the officially acknowledged . . .


The Chicago School...How Chicago elites imported charters, closed neighborhood schools, and snuffed out creativity...

[Editor's Note: The following article, "The Chicago School...How Chicago elites imported charters, closed neighborhood schools, and snuffed out creativity... by Rick Perlstein was originally published by Jacobin and is very much worth our readers' attention. . . .


Substance back issues search shows how the NEA 'RA' was pushing reactionary union-busting corporate 'school reform' during Year One of the Obama administration

As another convention of the Democratic Party looms and another reactionary "reformer" is poised to get the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States, it's worth re-reading how Substance reported on the July . . .


Will an organized opposition to the so-called 'Progressive Caucus' finally emerge at this month's AFT convention?

As the critique of the policies of the leadership of the 1.6 million member American Federation of Teachers (AFT) continues to grow across the USA, a question arises on the eve of the union's national . . .


AFT 2016... Why I will vote for Hillary Clinton in November... Before we go on, let's make sure everyone knows where Sharon and I stand... and how history will not repeat itself in 2016 running a partial script from 1968...

As I write this, two days after Sharon Schmidt and I returned home to Chicago following the 2016 American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention in Minneapolis, we have all experienced the witlessness of the Republican . . .


LABOR BEAT VIDEO: 'Toxic swaps' fight continues. New Labor Beat video shows testimony to the state legislature and a petition to the federal SEC...

The fight for public schools revenue in Illinois has moved to some out-of-the-way political settings. First (on 4/17/16) funding activists testified at the Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee hearings on Wall Street banks toxic . . .


NEA for capitalism, the empire, and Hillary...

The scene opens offstage on July 3, 2016. Lily Eskelsen Garcia sings the national anthem at the “Nationals” baseball game as Air Force Jets roar overhead. Lily, as she likes to be called, is a . . .


MEDIA WATCH: Now that the PARCC is being replaced by the SAT and the ACT (and EPAS) by the SAT, how many reporters are reporting how many sure-fire testing programs have been utilized by CPS since corporate reform began with Paul Vallas nearly 30 years ago?

It's actually an old story -- unless Chicago's corporate press is afflicted with amnesia. Which is apparently is, even though the Tribune reporter covering this particular story knows better of the history. But, here we . . .


Social Justice Unionism vs. Contract Unionism... again... How badly is this false dichotomy weakening the Chicago Teachers Union in the current financial and contract fights?...

A few months ago, I wrote a piece that was published in Substance, arguing that the distinction between “social justice unionism” and “contract unionism” was a false dichotomy (www.substnacenews.net/articles.php?page=5911§ion=Article), and putting it in dichotomous terms . . .


Hillary booed at NEA convention over favorable reference to charter schools...

Hillary Clinton was booed at the National Education Association (NEA) convention on July 5, 2016 when she tried to make a favorable reference to charter schools. The booing, which has not been widely reported, came . . .


Chicago Public Schools top bureaucrats continue imbecilic and insulting talking points as principals continue exodus from America's third largest school system... Rahm's minions blame Chicago teacher pensions rather than Rahm's erratic and incompetent bureaucrats for the massive exodus...

The summer vacation for Chicago's nearly 400,000 public school children (disclosure: including two of this reporter's three sons) when top officials of the nation's third largest public school district continued their imbecilic (that's truly the . . .


LABOR BEAT VIDEO... 'School cuts? No thanks! Take the money from the banks!'... New video shows June 22 'furlough day' rally at City Hall...

School Cuts. No Thanks. Take the Money from the Banks is a newly released Labor Beat video showing the large protests at Chicago's City Hall and elsewhere held on June 22, 2016, a "furlough . . .


‘Tax the rich’ is the message as a coalition of unions and community activists protests at State of Illinois Building in Chicago, while lawmakers meet to pass emergency spending plan in Springfield...

Emergency state budget negotiations prompted an emergency rally. Illinois lawmakers were meeting in Springfield to pass a temporary spending plan on Thursday, June 30, 2016 (as the state earned a dubious distinction as the only . . .


Will Hillary Clinton also be at the AFT convention?

As July 2016 began and the National Education Association (NEA) announced that the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, would be speaking to the national convention of the National . . .


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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