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[Developing Story] Crony Caucus Patronage, ‘Sexist’ Culture Among Chicago Teachers Pension Fund Board Trustees


[Substance News has been contacted by multiple sources who have pointed to a faction of the CORE caucus possibly involved in influence peddling and manipulation of elected Pension Trustees connected to Speaker Madigan: TIPS . . .

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BIDEN BEATS TRUMP

Harris Is First Woman Elected Vice President . . .

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Veterans Day November 11, 2020

History of Veterans Day
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles . . .

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Diwali 2020

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance ... the festival usually lasts five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November) . . .

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Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium



Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

THROUGH THE 19TH AND EARLY 20th
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/chicago-municipal-tuberculosis-sanitarium

centuries, tuberculosis — nicknamed the “white plague” — was taking so many lives, the attempt to find a cure . . .

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John F. Kennedy Assassinated in Dallas on Friday, November 22, 1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 22, 1963. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas . . .

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Beware all you Turkeys Out There

Giving gratitude to all our brothers and sisters out there.

sketch by Henry Gonzalez, or better known by his artist name GAPE ONE, a Chicago native born and bred on the Southside.

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[10 Years Ago] Whittier Library Holds Out... Chicago Teachers Union officers to donate books

Substance News will be republishing our work to show how Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago has always attacked and abused the poor, working class and miniority comminties in Chicago, as it relates . . .

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Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Debate 10/7/2020


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In memory of all those innocent souls that passed to heaven on 9/11 🇺🇸

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Be Your Higher Self - Chadwick Boseman - Black Panther Mural



Rahmaan Statik . Be Your Higher Self / Chadwick Boseman / black panther mural . Spray paint on brick wall . 12x40ft . 89th and commerical . southeast chicago



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[Memory Lane 2012] Outsiders and Intellectual Class Running Chicago education policy .. circa ....

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Brizard's bureaucrats must be fluent in Ptydepe... The secret is out. To work in the 'new' . . .

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[COVID-19 Reopening] ISBE Starting the 2020-21 School Year (Illinois)

Just released Guidance (57 pages) from the Illinois State Board of Education for reopening schools in the fall 2020-2021 school year....

Full Report

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Starting the 2020-21 School Year . . .

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ISBE Part 3 Transition Guidance: Starting the 2020-21 School Year FAQ

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES AND RESOURCES


https://www.isbe.net/coronavirus


Part 3 Transition Guidance: Starting the 2020-21 School Year FAQ
Last updated: June 25, 2020



The Part 3 Transition Guidance: Starting the 2020-21 School Year . . .

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[10 Years in Power] CORE announces 'interim' CTU transition team

It is now ten years since CORE (Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators) took control of one of the most influential unions in American history ... Substance News was on the ground floor of this generational shift . . .

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[Ten Years Ago - Mass Layoffs] Seventy-eight displaced teachers sign grievance after grievance meetings at PUSH... Teachers Organize and Fight Back Against Terminations

Ten years ago the Chicago Public Schools targeted African American women teachers disproportional for layoffs en masse. The laid off teachers were left in limbo for Union Representation since there was a transition in power . . .

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Happy 4th of July 2020

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Former Field Representative Michael Kane passed away

Former Field Representative Michael Kane has passed away .... joined the Union in 1987 and also served as a delegate, executive board member and as a committee member on various union committees ...

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US Department of Justice Sues to Stop Tell All Trump Book

The Justice Department on Wednesday night sought an emergency order from a judge to block the publication of former national security adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming White House memoir, arguing that it contains "classified information" that . . .

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THE DEMANDS OF THE COLLECTIVE BLACK VOICES AT FREE CAPITOL HILL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

THE DEMANDS OF THE COLLECTIVE BLACK VOICES AT FREE CAPITOL HILL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

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In credit to the people who freed Capitol Hill, this list . . .

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Kankakee School District 111 families have 3 options for school year's return

Kankakee School District 111 administrators reviewed plans for instruction next school year during a Zoom webinar Tuesday.
By Stephanie Markham | smarkham@daily-journal.com


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Betsy DeVos’s Ideologically-Driven Coronavirus Response Will Hurt Public School Students

In an opinion piece from Forbes by Scott Sargrad lays out the pitfalls of having ideologs running budgets and the problems with cronyism and corruption in the US Department of Education ...

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How the Pandemic Is Driving Labor Activism Among Essential Workers

as one of the worst pandemics and economic crises in modern history continues unabated and workers are forced to choose between safety and economic security they are rising up to fight for workplace rights across . . .

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No. 20-cv-2682 TROESCH & NKEMDI vs. CTU & CPS - COMPLAINT (5/4/2020)

... in the tradition of Substance News, we will be posting legal documents in full unedited form. We are not taking one position or another. There is a comment section for you to voice your . . .

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Unfair Labor Practice Charges filed against the Chicago Teachers Union

Recent filings with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) show two Unfair Labor Practices filed against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) by an employee.
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Date Filed: 05/13/2020
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At least 275,000 teachers in the US face permanent job loss


In an opinion piece Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) there are predictions of over a quarter of a million be Public Schools staff might lose their jobs because of . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union v. DeVos et al Case No. 20-cv-02958

... Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, claiming teachers now face an “impossible burden” to revise these plans for remote . . .

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Harvard sued over 'subpar' online learning amid pandemic

Harvard sued over 'subpar' online learning amid pandemic ... Harvard has joined the list of universities facing legal charges for refusal to refund tuition ... the university’s handling of the pandemic has not satisfied . . .

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We honor those who have fallen in service ....

We honor the servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country ... thank you ....


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The Pandemic is Driving America's Schools Toward A Financial Meltdown

Good Peace by WBEZ here in Chicago about the looming budget issues that might be coming towards Public Schools in our city. other localities and activist groups are already gearing up for these budget and . . .

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AFT Reopening Schools During a Time of Triple Crisis: Financial Implications

Reopening Schools During a Time of Triple Crisis: Financial Implications


https://www.aft.org/reopening-schools-during-time-triple-crisis-financial-implications

The safe and effective reopening of America’s schools requires two types of federal action. First, it requires a substantial federal investment to . . .

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Educators in Chicago are currently working towards getting a new contract that will truly improve our schools for our students. But this past week the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board wrote a piece telling us . . .

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CTU plans rally and press conference at first meeting of the new Lightfoot board of education

Mayor Lightfoot’s new Board of Education has a lot of injustice to undo. From closures, staffing cuts and health care price gouging to overtesting and massive paperwork overload, CPS educators are fighting attack after attack. . . .

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CTU leadership is caught agreeing with Rahm Emanuel's lies about the latest CPS 'financial crisis' and the 'Springfield problem' facing Chicago public schools' finances and the city's public schools pensioners...

Without even a traditional smirk of irony, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the press, on October 6, 2015, that he basically agreed with students who had walked out of at least four northside high schools. . . .

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COMMON CORE WATCH: Arkansas mother obliterates Common Core, takes on Arne Duncan

A recent You Tube video shows a mother from Arkansas who testified at the Arkansas legislature against Common Core. She also provides a delightful take on Arne Duncan's "White Suburban Moms" comment.

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MEDIA WATCH: New York Times editors take cheap shot at 'Reign of Error...' as Ravitch's book rivals Linda Ronstadt's in shooting up on the 'Non-Fiction' Best Seller List

One week after a strong and positive review from Jonathan Kozol in The New York Times Book Review, Diane Ravitch's "Reign of Error..." has shot to Number Ten on The New York Times Bestseller List . . .

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'CPS is embarking on the most aggressive effort in the country to dismantle public education in one fell swoop...' SONS coalition launched... Citizens to challenge Board of Education at Wednesday's fraudulent meeting of Rahm's appointees, psychophants

Following months of protests against first the so-called "Commission on School Closings" and of late the hearings held by besuited underlings from the CPS bureaucracy, a growing coalition of citizens will challenge the Board of . . .

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Is Algebra Necessary?

Susan Ohanian Comment:

"Is Algebra necessary" was the provocative headline in a Sunday New York Times opinion piece by Andrew Hacker, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Queens College . . .

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CALENDAR November 27 - December 3

CALENDAR for the week of November 27 - December 3.






DECEMBER 1 RAHM AT MISERECORDIA
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The White House Road to Wall Street Wealth and Power... by Susan Ohanian, who votes in every election but admits that the last major party candidate she voted for was Jimmy Carter

In a Salon.com pieces titled "Can OWS be turned into a Democratic Party movement," Glenn Greenwald describes disreputable Center for American Progress John Podesta's attempt to organize (and coopt) Occupy Wallstreet protests across the country. . . .

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Former principal and CAO to join Rick Mills in Minneapolis... Stephen Flisk latest Chicago schools administrator to leave for elsewhere

Minneapolis snatched its second former Chief Area Officer in three months from Chicago, when the Minneapolis school district announced on September 21, 2011, that Stephen Flisk, who served as a principal and then AIO and . . .

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John Kuhn's rousing speech at SOS march

This is a must-watch, must-read speech by John Kuhn, superintendent of Perrin-Whitt School District in Texas, delivered at the SOS March and National Call To Action on July 30, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFgrt95OD0U

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Jon Stewart's video address to SOS marchers

Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show whose mom was a long-time teacher, encouraged SOS marchers, especially teachers, via a videotaped address. The following is excerpted from a video at the Parents Across America website. . . .

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Diane Ravitch: This is a historic day

Diane Ravith's terrific speech to the SOS March was excerpted on the Parents Across America website. The video of her speech is also posted at the Parents Across America website.

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Darling-Hammond: The mess we are in

Darling-Hammond addressed the SOS Rally. She directs the Stanford University Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and was founding director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. A former president of the American . . .

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Parents Across America's Rita Stolnit: "Why waste money on a failed policy"


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MEDIA WATCH: New Republic slants coverage against SOS



Yes, and Lehrer likes to interview the ed deformers without in depth questioning

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Wisconsin teacher suspected suicide following depression with attacks on public schools

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CPS adds retiree bashing legislation to last year's attacks on Chicago teacher pensions.




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Large crowd blast CPS budget at Corliss High School hearing on August 19, 2010

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A kindergarten teacher'

I posted this kindergarten teacher's story yesterday. She'd like to hear from other teachers, so she can share their "some of their concerns and opinions with my administrators or my parents." If you would send . . .

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CORE Regional Meetings Thursday, November 12, 2009, after school

November 9, 2009
CORE circulated the following message on November 9, 2009.
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SEPT09 ARTICLE: Ron Huberman begins the school year by insulting principals and teachers with... Data Driven Drivel!

[Editor's Note: The following is the lead article in the September 2009 Substance as it appeared in the print edition that was mailed to our subscribers on September 14, 2009].

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Editorial: Is CTU President Marilyn Stewart's opposition to Renaissance 2010 real? It's still an open question

During the recent hearings and Board of Education meetings confronting the attempt by Chicago to add another 22 public schools to its destruction list under "Renaissance 2010," the President of the Chicago Teachers Union, Marilyn . . .

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Editorial: Daley's legacy: Teacher bashing, destabilization, gang murders

Elsewhere in this Substance, we propose that “accountability” in Chicago should immediately result in the firing of Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Editorial: 'Educational entrepreneurs' — enemies of public schools and democracy

On April 7, 2008, Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan hosted another attack on public education. From the auditorium of the newly privatized Englewood High School (now dubbed the “Englewood Campus”) Duncan unveiled . . .

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Washington teacher gains insight by refusing to give WASL test... Teacher says 'No!' to high-stakes tests

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Subscripts: Patronage and corruption at Passages Charter School in Chicago

….Two teachers from Passages (Jane Kimondo and Priya Goel) went before the April 23 Board of Education meeting accompanied by a large number of parents and asked the Board of Education to empower a parent . . .

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Subscripts: Underreporting weapons found in Chicago schools

... A most interesting phenomenon of the past month is the underreporting of weapons in CPS schools. Our favorite example came after April Fool’s Day at a prominent South Side high school. But there were . . .

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Letter: ‘Fresh Start’ schools started under Lynch, not Stewart

[Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times more than a month ago. It has not been published].

February 27, 2008

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Hearings on school closings in Chicago, February 2008

Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 Miles Davis and Johns Academy proposals, CPS Central Office, 125 S. Clark St., 5th Floor Board Chambers, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.



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Letter: Absurdities of Chicago’s 'flexible medical account'

December 19, 2007

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Letter: The Horror of Chicago's ‘High School Transformation’

December 19, 2007

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I will be unable to attend today’s CPS meeting. Attempting to get down there in time, and so early, to sign up to speak is always challenging for me, . . .

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Subscript: Richard J. and Richard M. Daley did more segregating of more African Americans than Southern Dixiecrats

…One of the things that came to mind when Trent Lott announced that he was leaving Congress after more than three decades representing Mississippi (in both the House and the Senate) was the old Strom . . .

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Letter: Business press hates ‘The Shock Doctrine’

October 29, 2007

[The following comes From: moderator@PORTSIDE.ORG. The following first appeared from Naomi Klein on Thursday October 25, 2007 in The Guardian [Britain]. >http://www. guardian. co.uk/ commentisfree /story/ 0,,21984 83,00.html]

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Subscript: Gangs and Halloween in Chicago

…Some things about Halloween were less pleasant than others, and some were downright nasty. The “accidental” murder of one mother by a southwest side gang banger was one example. Another place where the tricks outnumber . . .

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Subscript: FOIA office is well hidden at CPS

…Since it’s Halloween season, here is a little Trick or Treat (or for that matter, Hide and Seek). Where is the CPS FOIA office and why has Arne Duncan been hiding it from the public? . . .

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Subscript: Arne believes he has integrity

…We hear that Arne Duncan’s super sensitive about his reputation for integrity. He hates being told he’s a liar and claims he “doesn’t lie.” Maybe we missed something, but the oath says “The truth, the . . .

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Letter: ‘Test score roller coaster’ hits principal

October 6, 2007

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Today, a teacher from Fresno County, California, told me that he had been a principal but had been sent back to the classroom because of low test scores in . . .

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Subscript: Scooby Doo and the Superteacher stories

…One of the reasons people like those “miracle teacher” stories and “miracle principal” tales they consume so avidly (from Sidney Poitier and Edward James Olmos to Michelle Pfeiffer) is that they have a soothing “Scooby . . .

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Editorial: Mail problems at Chicago Post Office are not over yet

A number of readers called us in mid-April to say that their April Substance had arrived by mail. One of the reasons for the call was that they had also received their March Substance — . . .

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