George Schmidt died peacefully

Substance editor George Schmidt died at home on Sept. 17 after a brief battle with lung cancer, complicated by a series of strokes. He was 71.

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George Schmidt, pictured in 2001 before an interview with CNN. Photo by Sharon Schmidt.

A lifetime of service

Union activist, journalist and retired Chicago public school teacher George N. Schmidt was the editor of Substance, which he helped found in 1975. The paper was in print until 2012, and has been an online . . .

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George Schmidt teaches his Amundsen students using Macintosh computers in the late 1980s. The photo and a story about George appeared in the Macintosh Writing Resource Guide, K-12. The 56-page book was published by Apple Computer, Inc. in 1990.

Songs about working class and unions

[The following article was originally published on Labor Day, 2011.]

Thanks to The Nation magazine and the magic of YouTube, there is now a chance to get a complete medley of some of . . .

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A final 'Labor Day' reminder... from 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd'-- 'some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen...'

[The following article was published on Labor Day, 2014.]

I wasn't able to make the Labor Day activities in Chicago's historic Pullman district on Labor Day 2014. But throughout the day while doing other . . .

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Substance urges CORE members to slate Michael Brunson for president

A special meeting "for the specific purpose of discussing the upcoming vacancies for Chicago Teachers Union Officers and CTU Trustees" of CORE members will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at the . . .

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Michael Brunson

Union busting by CTU leadership a bad reality in the post-Janus era...

While the majority of working class leaders in July 2018 are going to work hard to build (and in some cases rebuilt) unions for both the public and private sectors, a radical problem (or "issue" . . .

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BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education's June 2018 meeting

The monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education was as tumultuous as such meetings have been lately, with the Board continuing to hold fast to its policies as much as possible, despite widespread criticisms . . .

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Test sanity increases as University of Chicago drops SAT and ACT as an application requirement...

Some of the biggest news to hit the Education in the USA in June 2018 is that the University of Chicago is eliminating the requirement that students applying for admission to the College of the . . .

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The University of Chicago has always been a pioneer among America's so-called

Charter schools now leading Chicago and New Orleans in Jim Crow schools...

At one time charter schools were viewed by some in the media and in the corporate "school reform" leadership as a way of providing educational equity and choice for parents and students. Many in those . . .

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Despite his relentless self-promotion, almost in a Trumpian way, Paul Vallas is not the master of rebuilding schools that he and his promoters (including the Chicago Tribune) claim. In New Orleans, Vallas oversaw the elimination of the largest union of public workers in Louisiana (the New Orleans Federation of Teachers of the AFT) and promoted charter schools which further segregated the already segregated city and system following hurricane Katrine. In Chicago, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Haiti, and Chile Vallas promoted union busting privatization schemes and segregation while promoting himself and his minions as a special group of

The Sex Abuse Scandal Exposed by Tribune Reporters Have Caused an Outcry...but much more needs to be done...

June began with another scandal for Chicago Public Schools: an expose by the Chicago Tribune of sex abuse and assaults by employees of CPS students. The media has been instrumental in getting Chicago Public Schools . . .

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Although the massive Chicago Tribune report on sex abuse in Chicago's schools case renewed light on an almost eternal scandal, the report(s) ignored three major factors that led to the expansion of the problems in the last decade. Cronyism under Rahm Emanuel's appointed CEOs and school board, charter school oversight, and the clout that gave protection to many sexual predators in the schools. Above, a Tribune photograph from less than three years ago, when Rahm Emanuel appointed his chief of staff Forrest Claypool (right) the be the then latest CEO of CPS, following the disgraced (and now jailed) Barbara Byrd Bennett. Claypool became Rahm's third CEO following Jean Claude Brizard imported from Rochester New York, and Bennett. After scandals exposed the hypocrisy and corruption of Claypool's sanctimonious regime, Rahm appointed Janice Jackson (Claypool's

Inspector General's latest report shows more about the corruption of Rahm's CPS administration under 'BBB'...

The corruptions of the administration of Barbara Byrd Bennett, the second "Chief Executive Officer" of Chicago Public Schools appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been further exposed in a report by the CPS Inspector General, . . .

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Claypool and his cronies were as corrupt -- maybe more -- as Barbara Byrd Bennett, but so far no complete examination has been made of that era during the administration of Rahm Emanuel

While many long time Board watchers were pleased to read the additional news of corruption during the regime of Barbara Byrd Bennett, the public still awaits a complete expose of the corruptions of Forrest Claypool . . .

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BOARDWATCH: May meeting of the Chicago Board of Education

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 42 West Madison Street, Chicago, lower level. All current Board members were present: Mark Furlong, Alejandra Garza, Jaime Guzman, . . .

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Philadelphia learns the hard way about Aspira charter schools, it's deja deja again as Phildelphia's auditor exposes corruption at the city's Aspira charter schools...

A recent note from Philadelphia shows that the "Chicago Model" for corporate school reform should be avoided at all costs. Philadelphia is now learning the hard way that Aspira charter schools are corrupt and bad . . .

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BOARDWATCH... Board's May 2018 meeting faces major issues with evasions...

The Chicago Board of Education (BOE) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 42 West Madison Street, Chicago, lower level. All current Board members were present: Mark Furlong, Alejandra Garza, Jaime Guzman, . . .

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Janice Jackson (hands folded) is the latest

History is still alive today... Labor Beat's 2015 story 'A Financial Crisis Created To Justify Cuts'... Video explaining how ruling class creates a crises to justify staff cuts remains alive and relevant today...

In remembrance of Larry Duncan and in preparation for the attacks from employers on workers here is a great video made a few years ago on how employers create a crises that diverts money to . . .

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