CTU financial mismanagement and lack of transparency in political spending and endorsements addressed by CORE leaders in open letter

Financial mismanagement and the lack of transparency in political spending and the endorsement processes in the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are addressed in an open letter released on May 14 by a dozen active CORE . . .

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Some of the leaders of CORE (celebrating the caucus's 2013 election victory on May 17, 2013) are signers of the open letter to members. Substance photo by George Schmidt.

Substance interview with Therese Boyle, Members First caucus candidate for Chicago Teachers Union president

Substance posed questions to the candidates running for CTU president, challenger Therese Boyle from Members First and incumbant Jesse Sharkey of the CORE caucus. Boyle's responses follow; Sharkey has not yet replied.

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Members First CTU officer slate Debbie Yaker, Therese Boyle, Sharon Davis and Victor Ochoa

May Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates report includes election forum information

A post-meeting debate with officer candidates in the May 17 CTU election was held after the May Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting. Current CTU officers and CORE candidates Jesse Sharkey and Stacey Davis . . .

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A shorter, sexier Mueller Report: Review of Susan Ohanian's 'Trump, Trump, Trump: The March of Folly'

On the heels of the Mueller Report, the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump is a hot topic. But Vermont author Susan Ohanian has been banging that drum longer than most. At a Charlotte town . . .

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Susan Ohanian's new book available at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

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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Crony principal of Calmeca elementary school removed

Principal Nancy Paulette of Calmeca Academy in Brighton Park in the neighborhood on the southside of Chicago was removed before Spring Break. She messed with staff, students and parents and is hopefully out permanently this . . .

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Nancy Paulette-Aguirre at the Orozco elementary Local School Council. DNA Info photo.

Chicago Teachers Union officers challenged by Members First

The battle between CORE (the Coalition of Rank and File Educators) and Members First for the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union will take place on May 17 and it should be interesting.

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Lincoln Yards, Amazon and the Gilded Age of Corporate Power

We live in an era where the biggest and wealthiest corporations and CEOs in history continue to demand lucrative taxpayer handouts in return for jobs and investment. The recent $6 billion boondoggle for Lincoln Yards, . . .

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Normalizing failure: AP article on programs for anxious college students

This might be a helpful article for Substance readers and Chicago teachers, because the way the administration makes teachers feel, that they are incompetent and don’t know how to teach, but in reality the administration . . .

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CPS removes Principal Sarah Abedelal from Brennemann elementary

After years of corruption and numerous complaints from staff it took the Office of Inspector General to finally forced Chicago Public Schools to remove corrupt Principal Sarah Abedelal from Brennemann Elementary School.
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Principal Sarah Abedelal from Brennemann elementary

April 2019 CTU House of Delegates report

The first topic of the pre-meeting question period, of the Chicago Teachers House of Delegates on April 3, 2019, was the CTU’s donation to Toni Preckwinkle, who lost to Lori Lightfoot in the Chicago mayoral . . .

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Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot celebrates her victory on April 2. (Columbia Chronicle photo by Steven Nunez, Scholastic Press Association of Chicago 2018 journalist of the year/ Steinmetz alumnus.)

Raising an UnTrump

When the words “Trump” and “children” appear in the same sentence, it’s often because the writer is trying to figure out how to protect the latter from the former. How do we shield our offspring . . .

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Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” https://www.alfiekohn.org/

Prosser to close auto body shop in one of few remaining Career and Technical Education programs in Chicago Public Schools

CPS and network chief first attempted to circumvent the CTU/Board of Education contract and unilaterally end the popular career pathway for students.

CHICAGO, March 28, 2019—The Prosser Career Academy Auto Body shop, a fully . . .

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Photo from the Prosser Career and Technical Education (CTE) page at https://www.prosseracademy.org.

Help save the auto body shop at Prosser Career Academy, slated to be closed

I am writing to share with you some disheartening news and ask for your help to mobilize to save one of our beloved shops, Auto Body, and a fellow CTU member, teacher Keshaun Thompson. CPS . . .

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Prosser auto body shop

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CTU endorsed mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Chuy Garcia's interesting history

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)-endorsed mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle, the president of the Cook County Board, has promised the union she'll place a moratorium on school closings and charter schools, and that she favors an . . .

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The CTU endorsed mayoral candidates Chuy Garcia (2015) and Toni Preckwinkle (2019) did not endorse each other.