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Flanked by David Pickens (left, currently his $132,000 per year “Chief of Staff”) and Dan Bugler (right, currently “Chief Officer, Research, Evaluation and Accountability” at $132,000 per year), Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan explains at a March 30, 2007, press conference why Chicago is going to reconstitute Harvard Elementary School despite the fact that Harvard’s ISAT test scores went “up” this school year and reconstitution is regarded nationally as a failed strategy for fixing schools whose scores went “down.” (Substance photo by George N. Schmidt)

Teacher’s union president talks tough…
Showdown or Sham?

There was no lack of militancy at Chicago's Plumbers Union Hall on August 8. Beginning at 3:00 that afternoon, the Chicago Teachers Union held an "informational" meeting of its 800-member House of Delegates to report on the contract negotiations for the union's 32,000 members.Chaired by newly re-elected CTU President Marilyn Stewart, the meeting was half pep rally and half report on negotiations.

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CPS to Austin High School: "Drop Dead"

The Chicago Public School System has abandoned most of the high school students who live in Austin, the largest community within the City of Chicago.

May Substance to Print $100k List

Question: How do you know you don't have a budget crisis? Answer: When you keep adding redundant executive positions that cost over $100,000 a year. The May Substance blows the whistle on the hypocrisy.

Chicago Report Shows Failures of NCLB Punishments

NCLB provisions that punish schools for "inadequate improvements" do more harm than good, studies say.

Professor's Study Challenges Chicago's Claims about School Closings

A study conducted with the collaboration of a University of Illinois professor suggests that school closings do far more harm than good to the displaced students.

Englewood High School Students Host Debate on Military Enlistment

Military ROTC leaders had their hands full handling Englewood's finest, backed up by some Vietnam Veterans.

CPS revenues increase by 5% but teachers offered just 3% raise

Despite receiving 5% more funding from last year, the Chicago Board of Education is pushing a Daley-backed budget that gives teachers just a 3% pay raise.

Gang Problems Grow as News Coverage Withers

Security problems plague numerous Chicago high schools due to a resurgence in gang activity.

Substance Reports Trace Story of Militarization in Chicago's Schools

Senn High School has faced the brunt of the Daley administration's effort to militarize the public schools, but other schools are at risk as well.

Olympics not all Fun and Games

The Olympics may bring civic pride, but the multi-million dollar bankroll Chicago gives visiting companies gets taken away from school funds.

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