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

George N. Schmidt was a co-founder of Substance. Dozens of stories about Substance founder 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 the homepage; articles about his work life are posted on the right. Thanks to the many Substance reporters and contributors for bylining these articles and tributes.

Since 1975, Substance has been advocating for economic justice and professional respect for teachers, democracy within the Chicago Teachers Union and improved public schools. In addition to co-founders George Schmidt and Larry MacDonald, editors of Substance have included the late Leo Gorenstein, retired teacher Terry Czernik, and teacher Sharon Schmidt, George's widow.

To contact our current editor John Kugler, email

In a photo taken on July 15, 2018, George Schmidt poses with wife Sharon and sons Sam, Josh and Dan. George died of lung cancer on Sept. 17, 2018.


May 26, 2019 at 7:57 AM

By: Jean Schwab


George really cared so much about offering the best education to our students and best conditions for staff. He really wanted to wipe out any policies or people that stood in the way of a good education for all. Actually, I felt that everyone who was in charge of CPS or the CTU should have him on staff as an advisor on good policy and harmful policy and sometimes mentioned that to them. He did not always agree with CPS policy and CTU policy but that was his gift!That was why he was so effective! He seemed to know before anyone else that people like our last Superintendents and their policies and others, BBB,Claypool were bad news. Alas, no one listened.

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