The November 2017 Issue of Substance

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Adjunct faculty exploited... The Continuing Demoralization of the University and College Adjunct Faculty

It is well known that adjunct faculty work without job security, without the benefit of healthcare, and without an ethical living wage. Most universities’ priorities are their development of building projects and technology, management of . . .


Two months teaching in Vietnam...

I spent this past summer (2017) in Vietnam, teaching a sociology course at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in Ho Chi Minh City. TDTU is located in the southern part of the city in District . . .


Election results were 'good news' for Democrats, but a warning must be issued to the Ed Deformers in the Democratic Party leadership....

If Hillary Clinton really wants to know "What Happened" a year ago on Election Day, she has to go no further than the mirror. But just to make sure that the neoliberal leadership of the . . .


A history curriculum worth following... Civil War books recommended by The Atlantic and by Substance...

When the President of the United States and the White House Chief of Staff both push lies about our own history -- the history of the United States of America -- it's time for teachers . . .


Chicago violence continues even as most youngsters enjoy Halloween

Gun violence -- most of it the result of rivalries among Chicago's major drug gangs -- continued in certain parts of the city, even as most youngsters enjoyed a Halloween. The city had clear, albeit . . .


Two of three pension trustee elections cancelled because they are uncontested... Only retirees will be voting this year...

Elections for two of three categories of elected trustees to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) have been cancelled because there is no contest in the election. Two teacher trustees are running unopposed, as is . . .


UNION NEWS 2017... Important 'Members First' meeting December 5! Will we really be 'Stronger together' if charter school teachers join into the CTU....

The "Members First" group will be having a special and important meeting on December 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Connie's Pizza, The meeting will feature three guest speakers, all experts on union law and practice, . . .


As holiday season approaches, mental health crises in the schools can't be met because of the cuts in mental health workers... while CTU has ignored the issues!...

I have learned during my tenure in Chicago Public Schools that little attention is paid to assist students and staff dealing with mental health concerns especially during the holiday season. It is a busy time . . .


Members First monthly meeting tomorrow, November 21, 2017, after school at Connie's... Leadership refusing to explain why there is a big rush to make the greatest changes in the CTU Constitution in history...

The monthly meeting of the "Members First" group within the Chicago Teachers Union will take place tomorrow, November 21, 2017, at Connie's Pizza after school. As usual the group will be discussing some of the . . .


History lesson about Trump's forebears goes viral -- 'A Night At The Garden' shows American Nazis in 1939 in New York City...

Those who have followed closely the racist history of the family of Donald Trump back through his father Fred Trump know already that the Trump's have long been on the far out far right of . . .


Cullerton blocks elected school board bill...

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has effectively blocked legislation that was supposed to provide Chicago with an elected school board within three years. According to a November 10 press release from Raise Your Hand:
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Two new faces on pension board of trustees following recent election... Rodriguez returned to pension board defeating incumbent Bob Bures...

There will be two new faces on the Pension Board of Trustees following the recent election for trustees. Although the contests for teacher and principal trustees were uncontested (two candidates for the teacher spots; one . . .


CTU leadership fails to bring home a vote for massive changes to the union Constitution and By-Laws at November 1, 2017 meeting... Quorum call ends meeting and postpones major vote at least until January...

Despite massive preparation that included rehearsals at the union's Executive Board meeting, the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union were unable to bring in a "yes" vote on a list of massive changes to the . . .


Major changes facing Chicago Teachers Union as House of Delegates meets to consider several amendments to the union Constitution...

Several major changes are being proposed by the union's leadership as the CTU House of Delegates meetings on November 1, 2017, with amendments to the union's Constitution and By-Laws the major items on the HOD . . .


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