The November 2018 Issue of Substance

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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.

Stories and tributes about George Schmidt available on October 2018 Substance 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 . . .


VALLAS FACTS: 'The Paul Vallas Hoax' in the March 2002 Substance exposed every lie, half-truth, and self serving utteration of Vallas

Substance had the story first, with all the facts. Paul Vallas was a fraud in 1998, just as he has been exposed to be in 2013 in Connecticut. But the facts were ignored for more . . .


Media Watch: New York Times publishes education brilliance and baloney in Sunday Review

Alfie Kohn speaks to educators, bosses and parents in his article "Science Confirms It: People Are Not Pets" published in the New York Times Oct. 27 Sunday Review. Our children, students and workers aren't . . .


Pro-charter 'Annual Regional Analysis' ignores Chicago facts of segregation, poverty and disinvestment

In the "Annual Regional Analysis," a report created by Kids First Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools that claims to provide "a universal fact-base of Chicago public schools," school ratings are presented devoid . . .


CTU members urged to ask hard questions at 'Annual Regional Analysis briefings'

The Chicago Teachers Union urged members to ask hard questions at the Annual Regional Analysis briefings. The post on ctulocal1.org was also emailed to members. It follows:


Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) is CPS’ . . .


Chicago Teachers Union charter educators take strike vote at CICS/Civitas/Quest

CTU charter teachers and paraprofessionals at four CICS/Civitas/Quest schools voted overwhelmingly to strike this afternoon in their battle for more classroom resources for students and better treatment of educators by the bosses.

Out of . . .


Dr. Kim Scipes on how the CIO can help us in our organizing today

In order to help deepen current organizing efforts in Chicago and beyond, Open University of the Left (OUL) invited long-time political activist and professor of sociology at Purdue University Northwest Dr. Kim Scipes to speak . . .


Chicago Board of Education disregards its policies when catering to those wanting segregation

While National Teachers Academy supporters, who are fighting to keep their school open for elementary students, hope that the release of this year's school ratings could help their cause (NTA stayed at 1+ and South . . .


State school ratings are out and they don’t mean much

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is using a new school rating system where they are now labelling schools across Illinois as “underperforming” and a whole host of other unproductive names. Many of their ratings . . .


Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates Oct. 31, 2018, meeting

The meeting of the House of Delegates began on time at 4:15 p.m. with the pre-meeting Question and Answer period. Here are some of the things the delegates brought up.

One principal would not . . .


Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates Oct. 3, 2018, Meeting

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) monthly October, 2018 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting took place Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The meeting began once again with delegates questioning the finances and why the union burned thru . . .


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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