All articles by David Vance

Ames school continues fight with referendum on the March ballot

As readers of Substance know, parents, teacher and children at Ames Middle School in Chicago have continued their fight against the conversion of the school into a "Marine Military Academy," despite the fact that the . . .

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Local School Council 'Summit' held Saturday February 15 at Westinghouse High School

The First Meeting “Summit of Local School Councils” was held in Chicago on February 15, 2014. The movement to save public schools in Chicago continues to grow in strength, as the hundreds of teachers, parents, . . .

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InBloom: Chicago parents and teachers organize against privatization of children's information... Video of Leoni Haimson's half-hour presentation at the November 21, 2013 Chicago forum on the data privatization activities of 'InBloom'

More than 50 people, most of them Chicago teachers and parents, participated in a forum on November 21, 2013 at Fusco Park on Chicago's West Side. The forum was moderated by Julie Woestehoff of PURE. . . .

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Book Drop counters CPS austerity... “Operation Book Drop” in Four Real Public Schools

Oct. 3, 2013, must have looked like Christmas for students and teachers in 4 Chicago public schools. A rented van was loaded to the gills with 5,000 books that were delivered to 4 real public . . .

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MEXICO: Videos begin to add truth to reports on teacher protests in Mexico as major American newspaper spread slanders and lies against Mexican teachers and unions across the USA

A number of videos in both Spanish and English are beginning to add a dose of truth to the reporters coming out of Mexico regarding the massive protests against the attempt by the Mexican . . .

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Community allies demand Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan force Rahm to disclose all TIF information under Freedom of Information Act

In the struggle for public school funding, an important press conference was held at the State of Illinois Building (the Thompson Center) on August, 2, 2013. The purpose of those hosting the press conference was . . .

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HIT LIST 2013: Begging and demanding, 600 real public school supporters Came to the Skyway Hearing Parking lot over flowed at Park District Country Club on 71st Street... February 20, 2013

The Skyway "Network" held two hearings in February, the most recent was Feb. 20, 2013. Their first hearing was held in a stuffy crowded church basement 79th and Jeffery (See Feb. 7 report), but the . . .

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March 8 'People’s Board Meeting' a success!... March 27 protest in Daley Plaza a major focus as building a 'Citywide Fight Back' against all school closings is underway... 'No Schools Closed!' demanded by overflow crowd in Hyde Park Unitarian Church...

More than 400 people filled the classic Hyde Park Unitarian Church to overflowing on the night of March 8, 2013, as the "Peoples Board of Education" meeting, hosted by a panoply of community organizations, took . . .

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Lake Calumet hearing gets to bogus focus groups and continues serving up the official lies about 'underutilization crisis' and the 'billion dollar deficit'...... Lake Calumet Network Hearing at Olive-Harvey College was held January 30, 2013 Large Turnout -- CPS Officials claim “We Will Listen”

Between 300 to 400 parents, teachers and school supporters came to the Olive-Harvey College gym to show support for their schools. The largest schools in the audience were Whistler, White, Dubois, Gompers, Pullman and Taylor. . . .

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Skyway network hearing February 7, 2013 deliberately held in the small and hot space... Skyway Network Hearing: The CPS “Dog and Pony” Show Continues

Skyway "Network" elementary schools came out strong on Thursday, February 7, 2013 to defend their schools against the claim that many of them should be closed because Chicago Public Schools face an "underutilization crisis". More . . .

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Fenger area canvass reveals large support for the moratorium on school closings

More than a dozen CTU members and school supporters met-up at Fenger HS on Saturday January 19, 2013 as part of the union's community canvassing against the proposed school closings. We were one of the . . .

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Rape by charter school coach is only part of the problem... EPIC took over a decent public school building for a dollar a year, 'experiments' on its students, and has allegedly been 'dumping' many of them back into Bowen

On January 24, 2013, Chicago's corporate media began reporting that a charter school coach on the city's far South Side had been arrested for rape. On January 25, the story developed with the report from . . .

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Senator Martinez and AWOL.... Another hearing by the 'Commission' gets unanimous opposition to school closing HIt List

The December 17, 2012 hearing by the "Commission" on school closings was held at Leon Finney's church, but almost nobody among the more than 200 people in attendance was supporting Finney's side, which is always . . .

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King High School budget hearings clarify how public feels about Chicago Public Schools while budget chiefs refuse to explain why there was no publicity

The most interesting statement on Monday evening Nov. 5th, 2012 at King College Prep High School came from CPS Chief Financial Officer, Peter Rogers. Rodger said that the school closing list was in a “fact . . .

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Labor Beat producer needs help with project... 'From Madison to Chicago...'

One our our talented Labor Beat producers, Andrew Friend is asking for our help and the progressive labor movement in general. He needs financial help. He wants to show the valuable labor lessons from Wisconsin . . .

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BOARDWATCH II: School Closing Train Wreck Is Direction Taken by Board of Education November Meeting

The November 14, 2012, Chicago Board of Education meeting seemed like a train running off its tracks at very high speed. It was the second meeting of the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd . . .

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Veteran's Day protest highlighted TIF gifts to the super-rich... Moratorium on school closings demanded by labor and community groups, new video shows growth of the movement

A dramatic protest that went from the plaza adjacent to the Tribune Tower to the Hyatt marked part of the growing movement against school closings this school year in Chicago, and there is now a . . .

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LABOR BEAT begins airing 'CTU strikes 1969 - 1987' video on Cable TV tonight

Labor Beat, in conjunction with CORE (The Caucus of Rank And File Educators) begins airing, CTU Strikes: 1969-1987, tonight (September 13, 2012) on CAN TV Channel 19 in Chicago. Produced by CORE (the Caucus . . .

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And what about that charter school Arne Duncan gave your buddy Jeremiah Wright, Reverend? Brizard continues dodging reality during doublespeaking appearance with Rev. Otis Moss at Trinity United Church of Christ

Where has the school chief, Jean Claude Brizard, been during the CTU strike? He wasn’t seen in the negotiating meetings and never spoke on the news. But in a spacious church hall, the day the . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union Strike 2012 now a Cable TV and video production

"CTU Strike 2012" will be on the air beginning on September 27, 2012 on Chicago - CAN TV cable tv Channel 19. Scheduled airings for the first viewing of this are: Thurs., Sept. 27, 9:30 . . .

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Kennedy-King Budget Hearing... 'Answer the question!' public demands, louder and louder

A pumped up crowd of more than 70 parents and teachers spoke up at Kennedy-King College on 63rd and Halsted at the CPS budget hearing. It was one of three CPS Budget hearings — all . . .

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'They can no longer bulldoze us!' CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey's speech to the July 25 rally at the Chicago Board of Education

Labor Beat has now posted the complete video of the important speech by Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey to the rally outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on July 24, 2012. The URL . . .

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Labor Beat video highlights First Amendment fights that were part of the NATO protests now available

When NATO Came to Town, a new Labor Beat video, will begin airing tonight (June 7, 2012) on Chicago CAN TV (Channel 19 Chicago; Channel 6, Evanston) and continue for the next week. For those . . .

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New half-hour Labor Beat video exposes hypocrisy and lies behind the CPS 2012 Hit List

A new video has been released by Chicago’s Labor Beat showing the massive protests against what critics are calling the “2012 Hit List” of schools facing closing, phase out, co-location, or “turnaround.” The lengthy . . .

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Labor Beat reports on growing suppression of dissent against NATO and G-8 by Emanuel administration

A new video by Chicago's Labor Beat reports on the growing movement against the meeting of NATO and the G-8 scheduled for Chicago in early May, pitting the right to protest against the policies . . .

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Board President gets earful at hearing on proposal to close Dyett High School as CPS 'Rent A Protesters' get confused about which side they are supposed to be on

With over 60 paid protesters sitting behind him supporting the CPS proposal to close Dyett High School, Chicago Board of Education President, David Vitale was probably feeling very confident that closing Dyett High School would . . .

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And about J.N. Thorp... Following the successful teach-in and as the Hit List struggle begins, let's not forget those schools like J.N. Thorp and Penn that are still struggling against the infestation of charter school 'co-location'

An historic struggle to take back our schools is taking shape. The CTU called a city wide teach-in Dec. 3, 2011, to stop the next round of school closings and turnarounds that will affect 18 . . .

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'My issue is class size...' What CTU President Karen Lewis said to reporters (and wasn't broadcast) during the October 26, 2011 Chicago Board of Education meeting

Following the remarks she made to the Chicago Board of Education during which she tried to explain why lower class sizes and some consideration for a better school day would be an improvement over the . . .

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Labor Beat covers protests against 'Reinvention' of City Colleges at Chicago City Colleges board meeting

On June 16, 2011 Chicago City Colleges students, teachers, clerical workers and community representatives protested in front of the CCC headquarters, and then attended, under restrictions set up by the Board, the Board meeting. The . . .

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Madison Labor Temple Meeting highlight challenges of moving forward from Madison struggles

On Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, an emergency meeting of labor leaders and community activists took place at the Madison, WI Labor Temple to consider ways stop the attacks on workers and unions by placing the . . .

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South Side mayoral forum draws crowd, elicits decent answers as well as hearing from aldermanic candidates

The forum for mayoral candidates hosted by Educational Village Keepers, Black Star Community PTA, and Chicago Teachers Union was held at Corliss High School on January 28, 2011. The forum was held in the Corliss . . .

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FROM INDIANA STRUGGLE: Video collage of protests at the Indiana Statehouse (Indianapolis)

A video collage of the protests in Indiana, where Governor Mitch Daniels has been taking away workers' and unions' rights for more than five years, is now available on You Tube. In it, you . . .

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VIDEO FROM LABOR BEAT: La Casita visits the alderman... Waiting for Danny Solis

In the month since Whittier Elementary School parents occupied the field house in their school lot and demanded that it be converted into a library for the school's children, much has happened. The occupation of . . .

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Labor Beat Video shows Karen Lewis's speech from September 21 Daley Plaza rally

On Sept. 21, 2010 a spirited rally of some 500 teachers, community organizations and students was held in Daley Plaza, just across the street from Chicago's City Hall. The rally protested the ongoing plundering of . . .

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South Chicago community opposes the phase out of J. N. Thorp Elementary School

November 9, 2009
Hello Hearing officer, and audience who came tonight.
My name is Dave Vance. I want to change course for a minute and talk about J. N. Thorp Elementary School in South Chicago. . . .

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BOARD WATCH. CENSORED SPEAKERS GET THEIR TURN, J. N. THORP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The comments one J. N. Thorp School supporter was barred from delivering

[Editor's note. Substance is willing to publish the prepared remarks of every person who was signed up to speak at the October 28, 2009, meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on line here at . . .

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Potter challenges CPS for slanting budget presentation against teachers, ignoring Mayor Daley's manipulation of TIFs, other funds... CPS budget chief promises information to Jackson Potter during final budget hearing

CORE co-chairman Jackson Potter pressed Christine Herzog, CPS budget director, for some very important answers during Potter's brief remarks at the August 19, 2009 budget hearings at Chicago's Black Magnet Elementary School. As of the . . .

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