'Trump, Trump, Trump: The March of Folly' coming in May

I'm happy to tell Substance readers that my new book will be available at your local bookstore in May.

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I TRUMPIAD: A Blowhard’s Biorama 1

II TRUMPLOOT: In Midas He . . .

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Why we strike

There is nothing that gives us greater pleasure than performing for you – that is our mission and our purpose. However, we cannot continue to play while the threats and demands of CSO Management imperil . . .

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CSO Assistant Principal Clarinet John Yeh on the picket line, March 24, 2019. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt

Musicians' strike continues into third week

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians remain on the picket line, striking since March 10 mainly over pensions. “The core difference between our plan and their proposal is that our plan keeps the guaranteed retirement benefit . . .

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Steinmetz students support the strikers at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 22. Steinmetz Star photo by America Flores.

Recommended article: 'How Teacher Strikes Are Changing' by Madeline Will

The Chicago Teachers’ Strike of 2012 stimulated teacher organizing around the country, although it took a little while to detonate; where it first resulted in mass action was in West Virginia. (While some of the . . .

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Thousands of strikers march in Chicago's Loop on Sept. 10, 2012, the first day of the 7-day Chicago Teachers Union strike.

Opt out of wasteful and pedagogically unsound Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test for elementary school students

We encourage parents to have their child refuse state testing, which begins in Illinois on March 11. No matter what the vendor or the name of the test, in a state that is $7 billion . . .

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Stories about Substance editor George N. Schmidt on Oct. 2018 Substance homepage

Dozens of stories about editor George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018, are published on the October 2018 Substance News homepage. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column of . . .

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Members First announces leadership team for May CTU election

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, a press conference was held to introduce the officers running on a Members First slate for the May 17, 2019 Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leadership election. Approximately 75-100 people braved . . .

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Members First officer slate: Victor Ochoa, vice president; Debbie Yaker, financial secretary; Sharon Davis, recording secretary; Therese Boyle, president.
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Members First announces election slate

Members First announced its officer slate to run in the next Chicago Teachers Union election May 17, 2019 - President Therese Boyle (35 yrs CPS, psychologist), Vice President Viktor Ochoa (23 yrs, Schurz counselor), Financial . . .

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Therese Boyle and Victor Ochoa, president and vice-president candidates for Members First

Privatization of Oakland public schools embraced by an elected school board

A vote by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) on a 2019-20 spending plan that because of Assembly Bill 1840 will allow the school board to close schools and sell property and will again put . . .

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Black History Month: A reminder from 'Peekskill' that fascism in the USA has often been just a few doors away... Paul Robeson faced death to sing in Upstate New York in 1949 after the American fascists got hold of the nation's temper...

[Editor's Note: Substance hasn't devoted as much space this year as in previous years to Black History Month because other news has been closer. After all, when the President of the United States has a . . .

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One of the greatest American artists, athletes and leaders of the 20th Century, Paul Robeson was also a Communist, and was threatened with death because he scheduled to sing at Peekskill. Robeson was blacklisted in a more vicious manner than any of the

Black History Month lesson plan: Paul Robeson

For some, the last anti-Communist attack on Paul Robeson took place two years after the death of one of the greatest artists, athletes and activists of the 20th Century. The incident took place at the . . .

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Paul Robeson as a young man.

February meeting of the CTU House of Delegates

Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) officers urged delegates to support the union's endorsement of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago mayor in the Feb. 26, 2019, election. While acknowledging her connection to indicted alderman Edward . . .

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CTU President Jesse Sharkey endorses Toni Preckwinkle for mayor at a press conference in December 2018.

Surviving "no excuses" teaching in KIPP charter schools, part 2

[Editor's note: The following report is the second feature for Substance by School's Matter editor Jim Horn of an on-the-record teacher sharing her experience in a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter school. While . . .

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Two thousand Chicago children are enrolled in KIPP schools, according to the KIPP website.

CORE slate endorsement from CTU Recording Secretary Michael Brunson

As the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) chooses its slate for the May 2019 union elections in an online vote this week, long-time CORE member and CTU Recording Secretary Michael Brunson urged CORE . . .

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CTU Recording Secretary Michael Brunson has decided to step down from elected service in the CTU. He is endorsing Slate W in the current CORE election.

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The sellout of the LA teachers strike

From the outset, it was clear that top National Education and American Federation of Teachers it's a merged local) officers did not want an escalation of the wildcat strike wave that took place in right-to-work . . .

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A picture prior to the strike shows homemade signs pushing for better pay. But the UTLA's signs during the strike said,