All articles by Joanne Cairo

More than 23,000 Chicago Teachers Union members will be shocked to learn that CTU leaders have cut the union calendar date-book because their 'austerity' budget... Lewis aide suggests retirees forget the date book and get training on the use of their i-Phones to replace the traditional booklet...

The word has begun coming out slowly, as it did on Thursday June 8, 2017, at the monthly meeting of the retiree group of the Chicago Teachers Union. For the first time in union history, . . .

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Are schools getting enough substitute teachers every day?... Chicago Teachers Union staff ignores meeting of the union's Substitute Teacher committee?

Last week at the CTU retiree meeting, Pat Gerard made an announcement that there was going to be a meeting for Substitutes and someone from CPS Human Resource was coming to the meeting. As readers . . .

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The charter school profiteers... Updates from Detroit as America contemplates the installation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education...

[Note for Substance readers. The following article was forwarded to me by a friend and is rrom JACOBIN, a new magazine. "The appearance of Jacobin magazine has been a bright light in dark times," notes . . .

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The perils of privatization under the Emanuel and Claypool regimes... Getting the COBRA runaround from CPS and the privatized vendors...

Because I had to retire from CPS a year ago to have any insurance, I went on COBRA. But instead of paying my money to CPS, I have to go elsewhere. CPS is using a . . .

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Hawaii teachers freed from the reign of tests... partly...

While Chicago teaches and children face another round of so-called "standardized" tests in April, May and June 2016, the push back against those tests has been growing across the USA. Take the example of Hawaii, . . .

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Final budget hearing at Wright College ends with less melodrama... Citizens raise budget and policy concerns ranging from airport noise to rude bicyclists as Dyett situation fades following the 'settlement'...

The final budget hearing on the City of Chicago municipal budget was held on September 4, 2015 at Wright College on the Northwest Side. The sound system was awful and the room was too cold. . . .

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