The June 2017 Issue of Substance

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REVIEW: A family history of organizing across generation shows among other things that Chicago union organizing always required careful work... How an African American organizer who spoke Polish helped bring workers together in the 1930s...

Political activism affects individual lives profoundly. Once a person becomes politically conscious—no matter how it happens—it opens up new worlds to you, while it can distance you from your previous life. But how does it . . .


CTU leaders ignore vast expense of new high schools while discussing possible racism in the closing of schools in Englewood...

While both the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union claiming they are broke (or, "Broke on Purpose"), the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union took an unusual path to criticizing the proposal by . . .


UNION NEWS: Instead of stalling the discussion and debate on the CTU budget (and ignoring the CTU Foundation budget completely) the union's officers should have called a special meeting so that delegates could get clear answers on the budget before voting...

When it became clear to the union's school delegates that the agenda for the June meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates had been designed to stall discussion and debate on the actual . . .


Claypool’s Double Dipper: Rahm's Secret Early Childhood Privatizer Works Three Jobs at the Same Time!... Privatization agenda continues even after sentencing of Barbara Byrd Bennett...

Officials of Chicago's City Hall and the Chicago Board of Education continue to push the same no-bid privatization agendas that were scandalous under now disgraced former "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett. In other words, . . .


Chicago Teachers Union opposes new high school in Englewood, releases new study of segregation in Chicago...

The Chicago Teachers Union has finally issued a challenge to some of the expensive proposed new high school construction in Chicago, issuing on June 15 a study of segregation and a critique of the new . . .


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, . . .


CTU ends House of Delegates meeting with controversial 'vote' after a quorum call... Vice President Jesse Sharkey calls out his 'resignation'!...

Was the budget legitimately passed at the June 2017 CTU House of Delegates meeting? That was one of several questions that came up during the brief meeting of the union's House of Delegates on June . . .


Elected school board for Chicago? Legislative update from the CTU also notes legislation to provide better funding for CPS and other districts serving poor children...

Chicago has come closer than ever to finally getting an elected school board, now that both houses of the Illinois Legislature in Springfield have voted in support of the idea. Note, however, that there are . . .


BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education's May 2017 meeting

The Chicago Board of Eduction continues to meet only once a month despite all of the important decisions that have to be made at each of its meetings. And so, the Chicago Board of Education . . .


We were forced to suspend subscriptions to our print edition a year ago, and after wishing we could get back into print have finally admitted that we can only continue as an online publication. Therefore, readers can no longer subscribe to Substance on paper, but those who wish to donate will be thanked.

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