Dr. Kim Scipes on how the CIO can help us in our organizing today

In order to help deepen current organizing efforts in Chicago and beyond, Open University of the Left (OUL) invited long-time political activist and professor of sociology at Purdue University Northwest Dr. Kim Scipes to speak . . .

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Dr. Kim Scipes

Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates Oct. 31, 2018, meeting

The meeting of the House of Delegates began on time at 4:15 p.m. with the pre-meeting Question and Answer period. Here are some of the things the delegates brought up.

One principal would not . . .

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Media Watch: New York Times publishes education brilliance and baloney in Sunday Review

Alfie Kohn speaks to educators, bosses and parents in his article "Science Confirms It: People Are Not Pets" published in the New York Times Oct. 27 Sunday Review. Our children, students and workers aren't . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union charter educators take strike vote at CICS/Civitas/Quest

CTU charter teachers and paraprofessionals at four CICS/Civitas/Quest schools voted overwhelmingly to strike this afternoon in their battle for more classroom resources for students and better treatment of educators by the bosses.

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Charter school teachers vote to strike. CTU photo

VALLAS FACTS: 'The Paul Vallas Hoax' in the March 2002 Substance exposed every lie, half-truth, and self serving utteration of Vallas

Substance had the story first, with all the facts. Paul Vallas was a fraud in 1998, just as he has been exposed to be in 2013 in Connecticut. But the facts were ignored for more . . .

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Paul Vallas' choice as a running mate led to Pat Quinn's defeat as Illinois governor.

Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates Oct. 3, 2018, Meeting

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) monthly October, 2018 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting took place Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The meeting began once again with delegates questioning the finances and why the union burned thru . . .

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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 . . .

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Chicago Board of Education disregards its policies when catering to those wanting segregation

While National Teachers Academy supporters, who are fighting to keep their school open for elementary students, hope that the release of this year's school ratings could help their cause (NTA stayed at 1+ and South . . .

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Parents and supporters of National Teachers Academy Elementary School protest outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ravenswood neighborhood home to decry a proposal to turn the South Loop school into a high school, last year. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

State school ratings are out and they don’t mean much

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is using a new school rating system where they are now labelling schools across Illinois as “underperforming” and a whole host of other unproductive names. Many of their ratings . . .

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'Annual Regional Analysis' ignores Chicago facts of segregation, poverty and disinvestment

In the "Annual Regional Analysis," a report by Kids First Chicago and CPS that claims to provide "a universal fact-base of Chicago public schools," there is no analysis of how poverty, disinvestment and racial segregation . . .

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CTU members urged to ask hard questions at 'Annual Regional Analysis briefings'

The Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) is CPS’ latest attempt to close schools while claiming to ‘make them better’. The report was developed by Kids First Chicago, a new name for the Renaissance School Fund, a . . .

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Some of George Schmidt's words of wisdom

So sad, so sad, so sad. (That phrasing actually comes from a children’s book, an African folktale, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.) Words will not suffice. What follows is but a small portion of . . .

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George Schmidt with teacher Kevin Foster, who had been George's student at Steinmetz iHigh School in 1983, during the 2012 CTU strike.

Chicago Tribune obituary: George Schmidt, passionate Chicago Public Schools teacher, dies at 71

George N. Schmidt was passionate about education and fighting injustice wherever he saw it, and he pursued both in his dual roles as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and as . . .

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George Schmidt, pictured on April 14, 1998. Photo by Sharon Schmidt

Donations in George's name going to excellent organizations

In the death notice in the Chicago newspapers, I suggested that in lieu of flowers, people may send donations in George's name to the following organizations (to which many people told me they have donated): . . .

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Page One of the monthly FAIR publication Extra. George was a subscriber and supporter of the organization, which critiques media coverage.

Saying goodbye to George – visitations, funeral, graveside

We held two visitations at Mt. Olive Church in Chicago on Sept. 20 and Sept. 22. Many friends came to pay their respects and comfort us. We followed the Saturday visitation with a funeral service. . . .

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Antonia Coleman sings

Thank you for your kind words

In the few weeks since George has died, Dan, Sam Josh and I have been helped in our sorrow by the love and support shown to us in the visits of friends, phone calls, messages, . . .

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June 2016

George's almost superhuman energy and brialliance

I will miss my friend and mentor. Without his support my long and rewarding career would have ended after eight years. When there was nowhere for a teacher to turn for justice, there was George . . .

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Reporter Miriam Socoloff on her 30th birthday with a Substance cake and Substance staff members in the late 1970s.