The January 2020 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 . . .


Letter to the NYT editor regarding 'School Reforms Fail to Lift U.S. on Global Test'

I taught through various eras of so-called education reform. Very early in my career, as a beginning New York City teacher, I received an award to spend the summer studying special methods for teaching children . . .


$25 million for veteran teachers not addressed at January Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates

Although front-page news the previous day, CTU officials did not address a major contract dispute at the Jan. 8, House of Delegates meeting. The Chicago Sun-Times had reported that CPS won't count the $25 million . . .


Trump Talks

At the March 2017 Town Meeting, I introduced an Advisory Motion to impeach Donald Trump based on the U.S. Constitution prohibition of emoluments. This motion was successful.

The news traveled a bit. A bank . . .


CPS waits two weeks to apologize for egregious error

Thousands of Chicago public school employees received incredible news from CPS during the winter break: They are owed money. CPS “records indicate that the following check has not been cashed,” stated the letter dated Dec. . . .


Social media discussion groups help teachers stay connected, understand confusing CPS crap

As one of the people who received the confusing CPS letter, I was releived when I saw Facebook posts by other teachers who said they'd gotten the letter, too, and already looked to their . . .


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