Job training needed in Chicago — interview with Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza (10), Chicago City Council

The following is a discussion with 10th Ward Alderwoman Sue Garza we had in February 2019 at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters. Jobs for students and other youth, as well as all adults in need . . .

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Substance reporter Dr. John Kugler and Ald. Sue Garza in a photo at the CTU, Nov. 2014.

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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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.

Newly appointed Chicago Board of Education fails first test

Although greeted with high hopes by CTU and community members who have been adversely affected by the horrors of mayoral controlled school policies since 1995, the new Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed board of education, which . . .

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Newly appointed Chicago Board of Education president Miguel Del Valle at the June 26 meeting.

CTU press conference highlights needs in schools; former student testifies of help he received from social workers

A Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) press conference highlighted one of its contract demands of full staffing in the schools by social workers, school nurses, librarians, school psychologists, special education teachers and bilingual education teachers – . . .

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Chandler Grove

'A crisis of trauma and not meeting students' mental health needs' addressed at Board of Education meeting (video links included)

Several speakers at the Chicago Board of Education meeting urged the board to do better with meeting the needs of students. Oriole Park teacher Erika Wozniak said that in Chicago public schools there is one . . .

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Erika Wozniak marches in the CTU rally prior to the June 26 Board of Education meeting.

CTU plans rally and press conference at first meeting of the new Lightfoot board of education

Mayor Lightfoot’s new Board of Education has a lot of injustice to undo. From closures, staffing cuts and health care price gouging to overtesting and massive paperwork overload, CPS educators are fighting attack after attack. . . .

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Board of Education president responds to Substance: "George Schmidt was a great man"

Like so many who spoke at the June 26 Board of Education meeting, I said I was hopeful because of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's newly appointed board. I had signed up to speak to offer two . . .

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Substance editor Sharon Schmidt speaks at the June 26 Board of Education meeting.

Michael Brunson, CTU Recording Secretary, to retire after a career of fighting for fairness

Michael E. Brunson, Chicago Teachers Union Recording Secretary from 2010 through 2019, will be retiring on June 30, the last day of the present CPS-CTU contract. Michael Brunson is a son of the south side . . .

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Michael Brunson will retire as CTU Recording Secretary on June 30, 2019. Photo by Kimberly Goldbaum.

Taylor principal's disrespect toward teachers and elected officials results in union meeting forced outside...protest planned for Wednesday's Board of Education meeting

At the end of the day on June 10, Taylor Elementary School’s Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) delegate Gail Molinaro was preparing for a special after-school hours CTU meeting. The notice for the meeting had been . . .

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The now-fired Taylor elementary school CTU delegate was told she could not hold a union meeting in the school on June 10. So the meeting that included Illinois State Senator Robert Peters and representatives of 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza’s office was held outside. The Taylor principal's disregard and disrespect has been ongoing toward the school community and its CTU members.

Michael Brunson bio in the newspaper of the AFT Black Caucus, Chicago

Michael E. Brunson has been the CTU's Recording Secretary since 2010. Mr. Brunson has declared his retirement and will be leaving office July 1, 2019. During his time as part of the Executive Committee of . . .

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Michael Brunson, CTU Recording Secretary

Report of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting held on June 5, 2019

The pre-meeting Q and A started at 4:15 p.m. Delegate Margaret West was very upset about the new ASPEN program that has been implemented for grade entry. The program requires inordinate amounts of time and . . .

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Douglas Taylor elementary votes no confidence in principal

The Douglas Taylor elementary Local School Council (LSC) voted NO CONFIDENCE in Principal Dawn Hill on Wednesday, June 5.

The vote was 8-1, with the one vote against being the principal's own vote. The . . .

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Douglas Taylor school, 9912 S. Avenue H

What veterans need — Interview with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Substance interviewed U.S.Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois during the Association for Career and Technical Education National Policy Seminar in Washington DC on March 27, 2019.

Substance: Thank you for meeting with us Senator Duckworth. . . .

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ACTE President Dr. John Kugler, ACTE Region III Fellow Angie Koontz, US Senator Tammy Duckworth, Jason Blake Associated Equipment Distributors, Cindy Stover Executive Director IACTE

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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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