The December 2013 Issue of Substance
Lior Klirs, Coordinator of English Language Arts Content and Resources in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at the Tennessee Department of Education, offers an explanation (http://thescoresheet.org/2013/11/25/how-were-building-parcc-ela-and-literacy) of how the Common Core-aligned tests will be . . .
The December 5, 2013 announcement that UNO chieftain Juan Rangel was resigning came as a shock to no one who has been following the rather sordid tale of nepotism, cronyism, union busting and corruption at . . .
MEDIA WATCH: 'These people are hypocrites, and they should be ashamed to open their mouths...' Karen Lewis lays out the challenge on 'pension reform' in The New York Times
It was buried towards the end of the article, after a stream of half-truths and lies quoting Rahm Emanuel and the billionaires' mouthpiece, Civic Federation chief Laurence Msall, but at least it was there. The . . .
Despite growing protests across the nation, the strategy of America's ruling class continues unabated. The December 3, 2013 Illinois vote to begin the destruction of the state's defined benefit pension plans (most, for teachers and . . .
COMMON CORE: The lies underlying the Common Core push have been exposed, and now the resistance has to be done state-by-state
All the evidence points to the upcoming year as a time for a major struggle across the USA against the so-called "Common Core" being promoted by the Obama administration through the U.S. Department of Education . . .
[Editor's Note: Its one of those salvation stories that indicates when you are dealing with someone of a religious zealotry. The CHARTER SCHOOL THAT SAVED MY SOUL (AND LIFE) version of reality. Every meeting of . . .
'The main culprit was our profit-focused system, with rising profiteering by a massive health care industry...' The Real Fix for Obamacare's Flaws: Medicare for All
[Editor's Note: Why is anyone in the USA surprised that Rose Ann DeMoro has to publish her analysis of the need to go beyond "Obamacare" in the Guardian, a British newspaper? Anyway, the following appeared . . .
The Chicago Teachers Union, in alliance with several other organizations, will be holding a protest at Chicago's City Hall on Monday, December 9, 2013. According to a union press release: "On Monday, December 9th, hundreds . . .
New Labor Beat Video... 'Done with Democrats' released in a timely manner after Springfield vote against public worker pensions
Done with the Democrats is a new Labor Beat video on On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/u8bSkYhmk74. It is also archived at:. laborbeat.org. After the recent vote in Springfield against teacher and other public worker pensions, . . .
Catalyst investigation hitting Byrd Bennett's corruption... 'Chicago Executive Leadership Academy' is another ripoff... Principals will be attending their 'training' on December 7 while edupreneurs and Barbara Byrd Bennett's buddies laugh all the way to the bank...SUPES Academy corruption continues
The question is when Chicago principals and other professionals (including those at the city's major universities) will take a public stand against an example of corruption that even in Chicago is a zinger -- CELA . . .
CTU had a history of activism against apartheid... Chicago Teachers Union pauses to honor memory of Nelson Mandela
The Chicago Teachers Union has had a long history of organizing opposition to racism, and part of that history was supporting the struggles of the majority of people in South Africa against apartheid. That support . . .
ANALYSIS: Liars and thieves vote for 'pension reform'... State pension hopes now rest with lawsuit on constitutionality of what the General Assembly has done
It was passed by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly on December 3, 2013. Illinois Senate Bill 1, the So-called “Pension Reform” Bill (or Attempt to Break a Constitutional Contract with Public Employees and . . .
'This is not over...' Union leaders vow to continue fight for fair pensions, despite Springfield vote
Despite the narrow vote to approve so-called "pension reform" legislation by the Illinois General Assembly on December 3, 2013, opponents of the continued attack on public service and public sector workers are preparing to continue . . .
On December 3, 2013, dozens of CTU members were in Springfield lobbying against the vote for so-called "pension reform." In addition to days of telephone lobbying by members of the CTU, the union sent one . . .
…To possess a right to a promised deferred compensation, such as a pension, is to assert a legitimate claim with all Illinois legislators to protect that right. There are no rights without obligations. They are . . .
Glen Brown reported on November 21, 2013, at Substance and elsewhere, accurately, as follows: "Illinois' four legislative leaders have been meeting privately in an effort to carve out a pension reform deal. Only top staffers . . .
Although a great deal has been reported during the last few years about the elimination of black people from Chicago's teaching force, an examination of the historical facts (please leave the word "data" to the . . .