While illuminating major problems with CTU practices, Joseph McDermott's officer slating survey responses for CORE show his qualifications

Serious ethical lapses, violations to the constitution and irregular political practices of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leadership are evident in a letter to CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators) members and survey responses . . .


CTU field rep Joey McDermott

Surviving "no excuses" teaching

Today the "no excuses" KIPP Model remains the paternalist billionaires' charter school choice for segregating and indoctrinating urban children whose parents relinquish their children's childhoods and suffer years of repeated indignities for a chance at . . .


Chicago Teachers Union failed to pay staff pension payments in 2018 and 2017

In an accidental investigation of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) finances, Substance News has uncovered through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that pension payments to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) for CTU staff . . .



Report of the CTU’s House of Delegates meeting held on January 9, 2019

The pre-meeting open mike Question and Answer period began on time at 4:15 p.m..

1. A delegate stated that the only productive time at the House meetings were in the pre-meeting Q and . . .


John Dewey's Educational Creed (posted on Substance, Jan. 11, 2018)

It's been years since the logo of the Chicago Union Teacher newspaper (now a magazine) included words from John Dewey, and there was never an explanation of why those words were removed.
But as . . .


John Dewey

Norm-referenced tests still being used to make high-stakes decisions

Setting up many students for failure, the Chicago public schools uses the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as a high-stakes test. It’s impossible for all test takers to score well. Despite being reasonably well-informed . . .


Image from a 2011 blog post

Stories and tributes about George Schmidt available on October 2018 Substance homepage

The October 2018 Substance News homepage is devoted to stories and comments about editor George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column of the . . .


Photo by Lotty Blumenthal

Unionized field reps at Chicago Teachers Union win labor relations decision over CTU

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against the Chicago Teachers Union on December 12, 2018, for violating the rights of union staff working at the CTU offices. Field Representatives who enforce the contract for . . .


Dr. John Kugler, (left) a CTU field rep and the Professional Staff Employees Union (PSEU) shop steward, filed multiple Unfair Labor Practice complaints against the CTU that focused on the right of the PSEU to conduct union business during the work day when necessary and needed as was past practice. The NLRB ruled in favor of Kugler and the PSEU and against the CTU. (Facebook photo.)

Oakland teachers pull off wildcat strike

Similar to Chicago, the Oakland school district is crying poverty while they are hiding a $30 million surplus. The local union leadership is overly cautious, probably because they're being directed by the state leadership, which . . .


Joined by students and supporters, teachers from Oakland High and other schools gather to protest their wages outside Oakland City Hall.Photo: Jana Asenbrennerova / Special to The Chronicle

CTU House of Delegates endorses Toni Preckwinkle, plus additional information from meeting

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting was held on December 5, 2018. A report on the meeting, with information in addition to the endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle for mayor, follows:

The pre-meeting open . . .


Cook County Board President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle, left, joins dozens of charter school teachers and other CTU memebers as they rally along the 200 block of West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago on Dec. 4, 2018. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)
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Striking charter school teachers in good spirits

In spite of the 26-degree weather, teachers at Clemente Elementary, one of the 15 Acero charter schools in Chicago, were in good spirits on Day Two of their historic strike. The 500 Acero teachers and . . .


Teachers walk the picket line at Acero Clemente elementary school, 2050 N Natchez Ave., in the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt

Charter school teachers strike

Over 500 CTU members at 15 UNO/Acero charter schools are on strike—the first strike of a charter operator in U.S. history.

Our educators are fighting for more resources for our students, and better . . .


Charter school teachers will be on the picket line Dec. 4., 2018.

Chance the Rapper speaks out against CPS plan to close NTA

Chance the Rapper, who has given generous grants for arts education to Chicago neighborhood high schools and spoken out against charter schools, is now speaking out against the National Teachers Academy closing. His commentary appears . . .


Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to the Chicago public schools for arts education.

Chance the Rapper's funny "Elderly Aldermen" shows why it's so tough to win an aldermanic seat

Chance the Rapper's new video on the Chicagoist explains why it's so tough for young people who are not incumbents, like Chicago teacher Erika Wozniak, running in the 46th ward, to win elections to Chicago's . . .


Hannibal Buress (a Steinmetz High School alumnus) guest stars in Chance the Rapper's

Judge rules against CPS, lays ground for reform in school closures

A Cook County judge ruled in favor of parents and community activists who sought to freeze Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close their south side elementary school, National Teachers Academy (NTA), by granting their motion . . .



One teacher's "Do Not Hire" list tale of woe

African American teachers have been hit hard by the racist policies of the Chicago Public Schools agenda to close mostly black schools and eliminate many black teaching professionals.

The latest casualty today is a . . .


George Schmidt stories and tributes on Substance October 2018 homepage

The October 2018 Substance News homepage is devoted to stories and comments about editor George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column of the . . .


George Schmidt, Substance editor, retired teacher, unionist, died on Sept. 17, 2018.

The Paul Vallas "education miracle" is a hoax, whether in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans or Bridgeport

As Paul Vallas makes his case for becoming mayor of Chicago in the February 2019 election, mainstream media news coverage continues to repeat easily refuted lies of his success as a school reformer. Chicago reporters . . .


Paul Vallas announces his plans for the Chicago public schools on Nov. 16. Fran Spielman photo, Chicago Sun-TImes.

Chicago mayoral forum highlights some differences

Special to News-Star

The Chicago Teachers Union hosted a mayoral forum on November 19 entitled reversing the push-out of Chicago’s Black families and building a city that works for the many, not the few. . . .


Toni Preckwinkle's CTU endorsement may be voted on at the Dec. 5 Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting.

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