All articles by Susan Hickey

BOOK REVIEW: Chicago's massive racial segregation and the 'border' along Austin Blvd. between Chicago and Oak Park...

As I was reading the December 2016 Chicago Union Teacher paper that I received in late January 2017, I got very excited to read that a book was written about the racial segregation in the . . .

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Does the plan for a one-day CTU 'strike' on May 1 including a strike against the Special Olympics?... Or did somebody just fail to look at the calendar after the Polar Plunge was ended...

Is it possible that the leaders of the CTU did not look at the Special Olympics 2017 schedule when announcing a one-day "strike" for May 1, 2017? In the rush to have some sort of . . .

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Time Is Running Out on One of the 'Victories' Won by CTU Leadership: the 'Retirement Buy-Out of Veteran Teachers' is not getting enough teachers to risk early retirement with medical and other benefits in danger...

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, CPS officials sent out the memo (unsigned, but from the "Talent Office", see below) to try to get more veteran teachers to take the "buy-out" incentive that was included in . . .

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BOOK REVIEW: A look back at the 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike in a recently published book by Steven Ashby and Robert Bruno: 'A Fight for the Soul of Public Education (Part 1)'...

The news in Chicago about public education has been catastrophic: looking at every governmental level: federal with the appointment of an avowed enemy of public education, Betsy DeVos, as Secretary of Education; Bruce Rauner and . . .

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BOOK REVIEW: Part Two...A Look Back at the 2012 Strike in a Recently Published Book by Steven Ashby and Robert Bruno: A Fight for the Soul of Public Education (Part 2)...

In 2011 Chicago had a new mayor, a pugnacious foul-mouthed transplant from the northern suburbs, Rahm Emmanuel. He had a reputation in Washington of being combative and he is partially to blame for the breakdown . . .

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Repression against protests grows as Trump administration and Republicans push anti-protester legislations... First Amendment rights of Americans against under attack...

It may be still far from the Kent State and Jackson State massacres during the Nixon administration (when the President and Vice President actually encouraged violence against opposition protesters), the Trump administration is working with . . .

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A week of Trumpism... Trying to make sense of the political climate that is shaping up to be a Horror Movie

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"; a quote from George Santayana, has been running through my mind since with every new decree (that is what they should be called- NOT . . .

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Women's March on Washington to protest Trump inauguration January 21, 2017...

There will be a Women's March in Washington on Saturday, January 21st starting at ten in the morning. The Women's March on Washington announced that the location of our rally has been approved by an . . .

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Wisconsin lessons for Illinois unions... Before it's too late...

[The following article article appeared more than a year ago -- before Donald Trump was elected President -- and should serve as a warning for Chicago and Illinois. The article is excerpted here. If readers . . .

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Chicago's Women's March Exceeded the Organizers' Expectations... 250,000 Shut Down the Loop... 'It was a cheerful crowd and the signs were poignant...'

Going to the March on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in Chicago gave us a sense of hope after feeling despair the day before with the swearing in of a person that has been epitomizing all . . .

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How the Trump Election Is Negatively Impacting Students in CPS and Across the Country... Hatefilled threats, graffiti and fears are increasing across the USA and across Chicago's schools and communities...

Each day there are reports of harassment across the country of racial, gender, LGBQT, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-anyone who does not share the Brietbart view of the world. Following is part of an article detailing . . .

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CPS Security Chief, the 'Crisis Team,' and the real world... A Bizarre Takeaway from the December 7, 2016 Chicago Board of Education meeting...

The Chicago Board of Education meeting of December 7, 2016, had a number of bizarre facets to it, but for me none was as bizarre as the conversation I had with Jadine Chou, Chief Safety . . .

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Hunter Thompson predicted Trumpism years ago... A new look at the Hell's Angels and reality in the USA...

As we approach the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America in a few weeks, there have been a number of people trying to make sense of the 2016 presidential . . .

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CHICAGO TEACHERS UNON NEWS: How the CTU sold out clinicians...

I will be giving the Substance News readers background information and reports on how this CTU leadership has sold clinicians out; leaving us in a vulnerable position at CPS in a series of articles. In . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Retired clinician details dangers to children from CPS's privatization of nursing and other health services... [one] The child did not want to come to school because she was afraid of the RCM nurse...

[Editor's Note: As we are reporting at the top of the Substance Home Page this morning, the Board waited until the critics of the privatization of health services all were gone and then called on . . .

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The passing of Martha Jones... Speech Pathologist and Union Delegate Extraordinaire... Funeral Wednesday December 7, 2011

For those of us privileged to have known Martha Jones, the news that she passed away sometime over the Thanksgiving weekend saddened us. On that Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (the day before Thanksgiving), we had . . .

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