Trump Talks

At the March 2017 Town Meeting, I introduced an Advisory Motion to impeach Donald Trump based on the U.S. Constitution prohibition of emoluments. This motion was successful.

The news traveled a bit. A bank . . .

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$25 million for veteran teachers not addressed at January Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates

Although front-page news the previous day, CTU officials did not address a major contract dispute at the Jan. 8, House of Delegates meeting. The Chicago Sun-Times had reported that CPS won't count the $25 million . . .

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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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CPS waits two weeks to apologize for egregious error

Thousands of Chicago public school employees received incredible news from CPS during the winter break: They are owed money. CPS “records indicate that the following check has not been cashed,” stated the letter dated Dec. . . .

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson has not yet apologized for the error. Another CPS employee finally emailed a ‘truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused’ notice two weeks after CPS sent its Christmas-time gift of confusion, false promise and waste of time. Substance photo of Jackson taken in 2015 by David Vance.
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Letter to the NYT editor regarding 'School Reforms Fail to Lift U.S. on Global Test'

I taught through various eras of so-called education reform. Very early in my career, as a beginning New York City teacher, I received an award to spend the summer studying special methods for teaching children . . .

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Social media discussion groups help teachers stay connected, understand confusing CPS crap

As one of the people who received the confusing CPS letter, I was releived when I saw Facebook posts by other teachers who said they'd gotten the letter, too, and already looked to their . . .

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CPS waits two weeks to apologize for egregious error

Thousands of Chicago public school employees* received incredible news from CPS during the winter break: We are owed money. CPS “records indicate that the following check has not been cashed,” stated a letter dated Dec. . . .

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson has not yet apologized for the error. No information was posted on the CPS website to clarify the invalid email. Substance photo, 2015, by David Vance.

Letter to the NYT editor regarding 'School Reforms Fail to Lift U.S. on Global Test'

I taught through various eras of so-called education reform. Very early in my career, as a beginning New York City teacher, I received an award to spend the summer studying special methods for teaching children . . .

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Post-strike, CTU emphasizes contract enforcement: Report on the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting on Dec. 4, 2019

Because I stopped CTU President Jesse Sharkey to ask him a question, the meeting started a bit lat, at 4:20 p.m., with the traditional, pre-meeting Question and Answer period.

The Oglesby school delegate asked . . .

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Day Three of 2019's 11-day strike.

Substance holiday open house and book give away

Substance staff members and friends are invited to a holiday open house and book give away on Dec. 23, 2 - 6 p.m., at the Schmidt home. Substance founder and editor George Schmidt (1946-2018) was . . .

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Substance holiday open house and book give away

Substance staff members and friends are invited to a holiday open house and book give away on Dec. 23, 2 - 6 p.m., at the Schmidt home. Substance founder and editor George Schmidt (1946-2018) was . . .

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Report on the November 2019 meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates

Salary schedules, sick days, strike make-up days, and the vote on the tentative agreement were discussed during the November 12, 2019, meeting of the Chicago Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates. The meeting started on . . .

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Media Watch: Sickening outrage in Chicago Sun-Times editorial regarding policy it says "make sense"

The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board was so outraged about the CTU contract's provision regarding teachers banking unused sick days that it called teachers "pathetic."

Other rhetorical delights — by editorial page editor Tom McNamee . . .

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House of Delegates votes to suspend strike

In order to vote on the tentative agreement, another special meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates was called on October 30, 2019. The meeting started about 6:04 p.m. This special meeting was . . .

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Strike ends! Was it a win for teachers?

[The following story was first published on Jim Vail's website Second City Teachers, which may be accessed here.]

The Chicago Teachers Strike finally came to a crashing end after a historic 11-day walkout, . . .

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