All articles by George Schmidt

Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner, both billionaires, both philosophical soul brothers... Rauner's hypocrisy exposed when reporters ask him what 'crumbling prison' Chicago schools he had visited -- the answer: Two...

While Donald Trump's racist hypocrisy has dominated the national discussion about the state of the Republican Party, Illinois has been getting a dose of the same level of racism, ideological monstrosity, and hypocrisy through the . . .

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'Atlas Shrugged' free books and essay contest, plus other inducements, still used to lure schools into the Ayn Rand web especially when teachers can't get real books for the kids in austerity-plagued public school districts...

Among the other complaints voiced by protesting Chicago high school students in June 2016 was about books: A Curie High School student told the crowd locked out outside the Thompson Center on June 9 that . . .

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Swaps to cost Illinois another huge amount...

The cost of so-called "toxic swaps" continues to hurt both Chicago and Illinois, while the growing grassroots movement to end the damage caused by the swaps (actually, variable interest rate bond) to Chicago and Illinois. . . .

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AFT delegates face serious challenges, as 'New Democrats' continue their thrusts behind Hillary Clinton, while Bernie Sanders continues to demand a truly new party of the people...

Despite the triumphalist claims by supporters of Hillary Clinton that the results of the Democratic Party primaries and the upcoming Democratic Convention are decided, every teacher (including this reporter) who will be a delegate to . . .

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Top CPS officials trying to use principal resignations to spin latest attack on Chicago teacher pensions... 'Our principals and teachers are leaving for jobs where their district doesn't have to take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the classroom to fund their pensions...' Jackson claimed...

The "Chief Education Officer" of the nation's third largest school system continues trying to use the school system's financial problems to attack the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund and the city's more than 25,000 retired teachers . . .

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'Broke on Purpose or Flat contract on purpose...'? Part One... Maybe that should be the theme of the Chicago Teachers Union's June 22 theatricals... A factual study of CPS finances resumes on June 23 beginning at four in the afternoon...

Once again, this time without calling it a "strike," the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union are preparing another spectacle, a kind of theatrical event. A few weeks earlier, once again, the president of the . . .

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Scab 'chess coach' expelled from Chicago Teachers Union despite publicity from Chicago's corporate media -- and possible support from Obama...

Question: How many teachers, coaches, and sponsors of extra curricular activities in Chicago's more than 500 public schools honored picket lines and participated in the April 1, 2016 one-day strike and day of action? Answer: . . .

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UNION NEWS: Will CTU leaders really be 'transparent' at the union's monthly House of Delegates meeting... In addition to the CTU budget, members have been waiting more than a year for all the details on PAC and 'Foundation' spending...

As more and more delegates and members of the Chicago Teachers Union ask how the union is spending their dues money, which has now reached more than $1,100 per year for teacher members (and the . . .

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Continued push for 'financial transaction tax'... with hearing having been held in Springfield and scheduled for June 7 in Chicago!

While the news reports once again told the Chicago Teachers Union's 28,000 members and the public that CTU President Karen Lewis was again preparing to accept a losing contract with the Chicago Board of Education, . . .

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Lines drawn as unions and communities challenge the priorities of the ruling class with Chicago teachers' strike and dozens of actions across the city...

As April 1, 2016 dawned across Chicago and Illinois, the latest challenge to the austerity version of economics in the world's wealthiest nation was beginning. Since the 1970s, when Substance first began documenting it, and . . .

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MEDIA WATCH: Zorn aptly characterizes Bruce Rauner as the 'foundering ideologue...' he is, but misses one piece of the context -- the 'education policy' nonsense (and Paul Vallas) that led to Pat Quinn's political suicide...

Bruce Rauner: Donald Trump without the bombastic Tweets? Paul Ryan -- but with the Aryn Rand nonsense hidden from most of the public? It's rare that the Chicago Tribune editorial and Op Ed pages give . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union and thousands of supporters heading to Springfield in support of progressive income tax and additional funding for schools... Teachers across the city laugh at the biased report of the 'Fact Finder' and the nonsense being preached by CPS's two 'EduChiefs'...

As thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters prepare for a day in the Illinois state capital, even normally conservative pundits were beginning to realize that both city and state solutions are necessary to . . .

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Troy LaRaviere still eligible to run for president of Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA) despite attacks... 'We need to stay focused on the corrupt fiscal management and incompetent education policy of our district and our city' LaRaviere told supporters...

Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRavier is still eligible to be elected President of the influential (and potenially powerful) Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA) despite efforts by the current administration of Chicago Public Schools . . .

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Massive turn outs in protest against CPS removal of Troy LaRaviere, both inside and outside Blaine Elementary School, on April 25... CPS CEO Forrest Claypool ducks the hearing, and Mayor Emanuel denies he had anything to do with the attack on Chicago's most outspoken principal...

More than 500 people filled the auditorium at Chicago's Blaine Elementary School on the evening of April 25, 2016 to protest against the removal of the school's principal, Troy LaRaviere, by the administration of Chicago . . .

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LaRaviere still on CPAA ballot, now confirmed by Catalyst... Speculation that Emanuel wanted LaRaviere out of the race still denied... Tribune publishes Op Ed by a 'parent' against LaRaviere...

When the Board of Education announced during Spring vacation that Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere was being moved out of the school -- no explanation -- many speculated that the reason was that Forrest . . .

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Elected School Board legislation for Chicago moving overwhelmingly through the General Assembly with a veto-proof majority if Gov. Rauner continues to try his 'bankruptcy' ploy...'This has nothing to do with Rahm Emanuel,' Rep. Rob Martwick said. 'This is a movement.'....

The overwhelming vote in the Illinois House of Representtatives on March 3, 2016, indicates that supporters of Chicago's elected school board have both the momentum and the votes to pass the legislation and to override . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union donated more than $90,000 to the Jay Travis election campaign... No record of most of those donations ever being submitted to the House of Delegates for approval...

According to the most recent contributions listings from the Illinois elections board, the Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Political Action Committee) gave at least $90,000 to the election campaign of Jay Travis. Travis lost to incumbent . . .

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MATEWAN and other movies we should be studying... Union movies for review and viewing during the latest class struggles in Chicago... Matewan, Salt of the Earth, Norma Ray and The Harlan County Wars...

Union organizing movies are as old as Hollywood and as new as April 1, 2016, in Chicago. As Chicago teachers and other school workers face their first "furlough" day as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's "Happy Easter" . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Parents, teachers and children demand that CPS kick McDonald's and other junk food out of the public schools...

Organized by staff of the Chicago Teachers Union and "Corporate Accountability International," a group protested the massive presence of the McDonald's fast food chain in Chicago's public schools. Notes and the group's press release are . . .

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OPT OUT NEWS: One picture a day to show what a thousand words can't do

Every day for the next three weeks, Substance will be publishing the one picture that seems to us to be telling the Chicago Opt Out story better than anyone's "thousand words." So here is the . . .

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MEDIA WATCH: Chicago BULLSHIT -- not 'Chicago BULL' -- should be the headline on the Time magazine cover hyping the propaganda piece on Rahm Emanuel

The cover of the "current" (June 10, 2013) issue of Time magazine shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel standing at an "L" stop looking cool and claims that Rahm is in trouble for fighting the city's twin . . .

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How many 'waiting lists' can one sophist dance on the head of a fictional pen?... Charter's Big Lies debunked at Catalyst debate

It's been really a pleasure to re-read and watch, thanks to Catalyst, the "debate" over charter schools held last week. The participants -- Jackson Potter from the CTU, Charles Payne, from the University of Chicago, . . .

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LABOR DAY SINGALONG: Solidarity Forever... The words of the song for those who need to learn all of them in 2012

[Below are the four ‘main’ verses of the union song “Solidarity Forever”. Two other verses from the “original” have been deleted. These are the ones usually sung. The original was first published in the IWW . . .

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Chicago strike begins

After a quarter century, it was finally scheduled to begin at midnight, and it did with a handful of pickets in front of the headquarters of the nation's third largest school district four blocks south . . .

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NOTICE: Substance's Web Editions will be 'Gone Fishing' until August 19

And as we go to meditate on the joys and pleasures of the 21st Century, we're reminded of something George once taught our students back in the 20th Century, before he was blacklisted by CPS . . .

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Pinkney article needs approval

What Will it Take To Bring Obama Home?
Bringing Obama 'Home'? Get REAL!
Moving Left – Part 5
By Larry Pinkney
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board





"In America, anyone . . .

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'BOOM!' That wasn't a bomb, that was a highly audible unauthorized science experiment (and therefore you can't make us evacuate this building)...

When some teachers at the huge Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA) heard what they thought was an explosion at the school, they prepared to evacuate the building. CPS security procedures require a building's evacuation when . . .

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