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AFT 2016... Why I will vote for Hillary Clinton in November... Before we go on, let's make sure everyone knows where Sharon and I stand... and how history will not repeat itself in 2016 running a partial script from 1968...

As I write this, two days after Sharon Schmidt and I returned home to Chicago following the 2016 American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention in Minneapolis, we have all experienced the witlessness of the Republican . . .

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Hillary Clinton speaking to the 2016 convention of the American Federation of Teachers, while AFT president Randi Weingarten looks on. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

Donald Trump's (Drumpf's) Nazi roots as exposed by historical research into Trump's own family values. First question: What was Donald Trump doing during the Vietnam War now that he's praising 'veterans' in every speech by somehow avoided the U.S. military at the height of the Vietnam War?...

The elimination of the facts of history from many children's studies is now exploding, as the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump (original family name, Drumpf) calls on his followers to . . .

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During the years prior to the Japanese attack on the United States (Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941), American Nazis were organizing, especially in areas where a large number of Germans and German Americans were present. Many of those were angry at the mistreatment of Germans in the USA during World War I and shared the anger of Germans over the Versailles Treaty, but from a different perspective. Above, an American Nazi rally in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Protests for Chicago school funding continue

Many of the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union may have been in Minneapolis for the 100th anniversary convention of the American Federation of Teachers between July 17 and July 22, 2016, but the members . . .

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Rallying outside of Chicago City Hall on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, members of the Chicago Teachers Union and allies shouted such slogans as " width=200>

LABOR BEAT VIDEO: 'Toxic swaps' fight continues. New Labor Beat video shows testimony to the state legislature and a petition to the federal SEC...

The fight for public schools revenue in Illinois has moved to some out-of-the-way political settings. First (on 4/17/16) funding activists testified at the Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee hearings on Wall Street banks toxic . . .

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Speakers line up to testify before the Illinois House of Representatives. Labor Beat photo by David Vance.

MEDIA WATCH: Now that the PARCC is being replaced by the SAT and the ACT (and EPAS) by the SAT, how many reporters are reporting how many sure-fire testing programs have been utilized by CPS since corporate reform began with Paul Vallas nearly 30 years ago?

It's actually an old story -- unless Chicago's corporate press is afflicted with amnesia. Which is apparently is, even though the Tribune reporter covering this particular story knows better of the history. But, here we . . .

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Paul G. Vallas assured everyone that Chicago's high-stakes testing and so-called

NEA for capitalism, the empire, and Hillary...

The scene opens offstage on July 3, 2016. Lily Eskelsen Garcia sings the national anthem at the “Nationals” baseball game as Air Force Jets roar overhead. Lily, as she likes to be called, is a . . .

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Chicago or Massachusetts? Or 'other'?? Where is 'ground zero' of corporate ed reform?...

Where and how did corporate "education reform" really being, and how has it expanded during the past quarter century or so? As voters in Massachusetts prepare for a referendum on what amounts to school privatization, . . .

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The three most powerful political enemies of America's public schools came together, all smiles, when President Barack Obama announced that Chicago's Arne Duncan was leaving after seven years as the Secretary of Education. Duncan was being replaced by John King (center) who had begun his anti public schools career in Massachusetts and then was elevated to the head of New York's public schools before Obama appointed him to succeed Duncan. Slate photo.

Social Justice Unionism vs. Contract Unionism... again... How badly is this false dichotomy weakening the Chicago Teachers Union in the current financial and contract fights?...

A few months ago, I wrote a piece that was published in Substance, arguing that the distinction between “social justice unionism” and “contract unionism” was a false dichotomy (www.substnacenews.net/articles.php?page=5911§ion=Article), and putting it in dichotomous terms . . .

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MEDIA WATCH... CTU officer delivers critique of mindless editorial attacking Chicago teachers and others who do the daily work in Chicago's schools...

[Editor's Note: Five days after he was inaugurated into his third consecutive term as Recording Secretary of the Chicago Teachers Union, Michael Brunson provided the union members' response to the editorial in the plutocrats' mouthpiece, . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union Recording Secretary Michael E. Brunson speaking at the January 27, 2016 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Brunson began his third term as an elected officer of the CTU on July 1, 2016, having been first elected during the CORE sweep in 2010. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Petition against 'toxic swaps' from Grassroots Collaborative...

The campaign against so-called "toxic swaps" (variable rate government bond deals that cost millions of dollars if the rates go the wrong way -- and have) continued into July 2016, as Chicago's Grassroots Collaborative turned . . .

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SUBSCRIPT... Ahhhh... the pain should feel sooo good! Chicago's morning tabloid's editorial writers fantasize about what they'd like to do to Chicago's teachers (and their union)...

On Friday, July 1, 2016 the Chicago SUN-TIMES editorial board published an opinion piece entitled “Now Let’s See Teachers Union Share the Pain”. A close reading of the opinion of Chicago's morning tabloid brings to . . .

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The Chicago Sun-Times may have fired its photojournalists, backed union busting everywhere, and made a joke of the Chicago Tribune by changing the newspaper's stock name to TRONC -- but new jobs are opening for editorial fantasists at the tabloid that once called itself

Hillary booed at NEA convention over favorable reference to charter schools...

Hillary Clinton was booed at the National Education Association (NEA) convention on July 5, 2016 when she tried to make a favorable reference to charter schools. The booing, which has not been widely reported, came . . .

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Hillary Clinton and NEA President at the July 2016 NEA convention. Both national teacher unions, the NEA and the smaller AFT, began supporting Hillary in October 2015, despite the fact that many of their members (some say, a majority) supported Bernie Sanders. Photo by NEA Today.