The October 2019 Issue of Substance

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Stories about Substance editor George N. Schmidt on Oct. 2018 Substance homepage

Dozens of stories about editor George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018, are published on the October 2018 Substance News homepage. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column of . . .


Missing George with many

On the one-year anniversary of George’s death this year, I didn’t cry. I was too busy teaching freshmen and juniors at Steinmetz High School, interviewing people for my story about the Chicago student climate strike . . .


Report on the special, emergency meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates on October 16, 2019

The pre-meeting Question and Answer period began at 4:15 p.m. I was outside the CTU building for the entire time of the pre-meeting Question and Answer period tending to other duties and was not present . . .


Report on the meeting of the CTU House of Delegates on October 2, 2019

The pre-meeting Question and Answer period began at 4:15 p.m A delegate said that classes were overfull, especially Special Ed classes. He has gone through the school’s PPC and gotten nowhere and has subsequently filed . . .


CTU sets strike date – Oct. 17

RESOLVED, a strike by members of the Chicago Teachers Union shall commence at 12:01 a.m. on October 17, 2019, if no tentative agreement has then been achieved. The strike shall be limited to all unresolved . . .


More than the pending strike happening in Chicago: Theater in the Parks festival on Oct. 14

My group Generations from the Goodman is participating in the Theater in Our Parks Festival. We our doing a performance on Gun Violence. There will be workshops starting at 10 a.m. at The Theater on . . .


Teacher preps threat a ploy to get us nothing?

[Jim's report was originally published at his blog, Second City Teachers.]

Several teachers have been wondering if the city´s demand that principals direct two of the four teacher-directed prep periods - to plan . . .


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