Members First January meeting tonight (January 16) at Connie's... CORE is now purging members and demanding loyalty oaths from CORE members while ignoring CORE leaders' violations of core CORE policies principles, and even by-laws...

The January 2018 meeting of "Members First," a group discussing politics and policies within the Chicago Teachers Union, will be held on. While widespread discussion is now being held among CTU members about the referendum(s) . . .

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John Dewey's Educational Creed

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 the . . .

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John Dewey was a founding member of the American Federation of Teachers and a lifelong supporter of unions.

CTU FOUNDATION? Grants from the CTU Foundation have totaled millions since 2013, without any review by the union's delegates or members...

Since the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation became an official 501(c)(3) charitable foundation three years ago, the Foundation has given away millions of dollars, as required by federal law governing such legal entities. A lengthy list . . .

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Retirees may have federal legal recourse if the retiree election is not held in a legal manner...

As the debate over whether the Chicago Teachers Union election for retiree delegates should be held over, given the number of mistakes in the election currently being held by mail ballot, CTU members should note . . .

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CTU FOUNDATION? The officers of the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation are the same as the officers of the Chicago Teachers Union, but their answer when asked by CTU delegates and members about Foundation business is 'none of your business'...

This is the first of what will be several articles to be published at Substance explaining, reporting and analyzing the questions that are arising from the nearly secret existence of the "Chicago Teachers Union Foundation." . . .

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According to the most recent (2015) Internal Revenue Form 990 report on the CTU Foundation, the officers of the CTU Foundation, all of whom are paid as Foundation officers, were, left to right: Kristine Mayle (Financial Secretary of the Foundation); Karen Lewis (President of the Foundation);Michael Brunson (Recording Secretary of the Foundation) and Jesse Sharkey (Vice President of the Foundation. Kristine Mayle is no longer Financial Secretary of the Chicago Teachers Union, having chosen not to run for office again in the May 2016 CTU election. Readers assume that Mayle's successor, Maria Moreno, is now Financial Secretary of the Foundation as well as Financial Secretary of the CTU. But the most recent Foundation 990 report is not available from the federal government. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Korea War II... Some suggestions for lessons about the current situation...

To All the Teachers who want to teach their students to think for themselves: Consider the current crisis where U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening nuclear war against North Korea.
The vey dangerous situation we . . .

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Most of the discussion in American corporate media about the

Will CTU hold a new retiree delegate election? Union's financial office has made several mistakes in this important mail-ballot election...

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union's Rules and Electisn Committee received a text on the morning of December 31, 2017. It said: 'The latest retiree election process has turned into quite a mess. I believe . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union Financial Secretary Maria Moreno (above left, with union president Karen Lewis and Vice President Jesse Sharkey) failed to follow the union's own rules and elections procedures when ordering the retiree delegate election held for 33 delegates when the retirees are now only entitled to 31 delegates. Moreno also failed to warn the voters, who must vote by mail, of how much postage to put on the envelope returning their ballots to the union's office. She also failed to tell voters when the ballots had to be returned.

Chicago Teachers Union history not easily available on the CTU's own website, but BACK ISSUES at Substance have a lot of it...

Members of the 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union may be able to learn a great deal about Teachers for Social Justice and the current problems in Honduras from their union, but one of the things we . . .

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MEDIA WATCH: Sun-Times gets 'Claypool costs' a little right, while the Tribune and others ignore the huge pricetag cost to children and schools from their favorite 'reformer'...

The Christmas Day story (below) in the Chicago Sun-Times reporting the cost of corruption due to Forrest Claypool's attempted cover up of the scandal involving his buddy is at least part of the bill the . . .

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Controversial 'Chicago Teachers Union Foundation' giving millions of dollars to friendly community organizations and individuals with no oversight by the CTU House of Delegates or membership...

While a major debate will be taking place within the ranks of the 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union between now and the end of January as to whether the union should make unprecedented changes in its . . .

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Officers of the Chicago Teachers Union are (left to right, foreground) Michael Brunson (Recording Secretary), Maria Moreno (Financial Secretary), Karen Lewis (President), and Jesse Sharkey (Vice President). The four are also the officers of the

CTU House of Delegates passes resolution demanding the abolition of Christopher Columbus Day...Resolution's title...DEMAND THE ABOLITION OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DAY AND RENAME IT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY...

By Friday, December 15, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) sent email blasts to members informing of the passage of two action items from the December 13, 2017 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting: constitutional change referendum . . .

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Does the Chicago Teachers Union oppose the continuation of the Columbus Day holiday, which is currently a CPS holiday?

'Claypool Cronies' hang in with $200,000 per year jobs, even as lawyer Robert Marmer joins Forrest Claypool at the Exit door from Chicago Public Schools...

With the December 12, 2017 announcement that Robert Marmer would be leaving his job as "Chief Counsel" (the top lawyer) at Chicago Public Schools, it can be said that the first of the "Claypool Cronies" . . .

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By the October 2015 Chicago Board of Education meeting, Doug Kuchia was being paid $175,000 per year as

A 'Claypool level' of hypocrisy?...Chicago Teachers Union leaders tout so-called 'member driven endorsement' while evading most members' questions about political action, PAC contributions, and the finances of the CTU Foundation...

Less than one day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and outgoing CPS CEO Forrest Claypool -- aided and abetted by a group of preacher patronage beneficiaries -- gave Chicago a loud example of smarmy hypocrisy, the . . .

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Neighborhood's real public schools were sabotaged by disinvestment and charter expansions... Protests continue against proposed Englewood school closings, expensive new construction....

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, Chicago Public Schools announced its intention to close all four neighborhood high schools in the Englewood Neighborhood: Harper, TEAM Englewood, Hope, and Robeson. Englewood is a poor, black, working class . . .

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Claypool resignation only the beginning of the necessary clean up... Chance the Rapper and Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker supports elected school board...

After a denial of wrongdoing, then an ‘apology’, Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool resigned effective December 31, 2017. In an unusual press conference )with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the unelected Board of Education . . .

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Surrounded by political supporters and many preachers (many of whom had received regular patronage from Claypool and Mayor Rahm Emanuel), Chicago schools

MEDIA WATCH: Crain's Chicago Business calls Claypool press conference what is was...'That 4 p.m. 'press conference' turned out to be any thing but — a classless exercise in ignoring reality as much as humanly possible...'

While the editors of the Chicago Tribune continued to ignore reality as they editorially praised outgoing CPS CEO Forrest Claypool, more and more Chicago reporters and media got it right. Among the most interesting to . . .

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Claypool and Claypool's policies and cronies must all be gone for a true clean up to begin... CTU statement reminds leaders that the job of cleaning up the mess after Claypool has barely begun and Chicago needs the elected school board...

Every teacher fighting against principals' pressures to pass everyone to sustain the silly "Sophomore on Track" (SOT) version of reality to goose the statistics in Chicago's public schools can barely be cheering now that the . . .

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The December 8, 2017 announcement that Chicago Public Schools

BOARDWATCH: Report barred from December 8 Board of Education meeting covers protests in the lobby of Board headquarters

I went to the Chicago Board of Education's December 6, 2017 meeting, but could not get in. Security was very tight, and I was told that the meeting was "filled to capacity." The lobby was . . .

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'Fire Claypool immediately!' is the call of many -- including the school system's Inspector General -- at the December 2017 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education... Despite Claypool's lies and ethics violations, Emanuel sticks by the man he made 'Chief Executive Officer' of CPS in 2015...

While the mayor of Chicago and the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education (all appointed by that mayor, Rahm Emanuel) stubbornly stick by their choice for "Chief Executive Officer" of Chicago's public schools, . . .

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Is Forrest Claypool (above left) learning the Richard Nixon and Michael Flynn lesson --that it's the cover up that gets you? By December 2017, Claypool, once the darling of so-called

Noting that CTU members can't afford to bring in charter school teachers, the 'Members First' group inside the Chicago Teachers Union continues critical review of the CTU leadership's proposed changes in the union's Constitution and By-Laws...

While the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union continues to lobby for a large number of proposed amendments to the union's Constitution and By-Laws, a growing number of union members have been closely examining the . . .

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