Chicago Tribune teacher-bashing soars to new heights: We're now to blame for COVID-19, too

It's not enough for the Chicago Tribune to regularly blame teachers for poor students' poor test scores, negate the need for decent salaries, benefits, and conditions, and question teachers' professionalism, the Tribune now blames teachers . . .

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Schools have been closed around the world, affecting 90 percent of students as of March 31, 2020, according to UNESCO. See en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse

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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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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Susan Ohanian's Little Red Book of Trump Quotations

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ATU Shop Steward, Who Warned of COVID-19 Dangers, Dies From it

Today, the Amalgamated Transit Union announced the death of Scott Ryan, a 41-year-old bus driver and father of three from Everett, Washington, . . .

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Illinois primary is Tuesday, March 17, Substance among those endorsing Sanders

The primary race is looking more and more to be a battle between centrist VP Joe Biden and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders. While the CTU House of Delegates voted against endorsing Sanders, many in the . . .

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Bernie Sanders has many CTU supporters.

Kids need access to books and school libraries to read better

This letter appeared in The Los Angeles Times, in response to the fact that reporters made no connection between was made between low literacy scores and the gutting of school library funding in California in . . .

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La Salle Avenue Elementary in South Los Angeles is one of 75 schools what will receive funding to improve literacy scores. (Los Angeles Times)

February meeting of the CTU House of Delegates

While the Chicago Teachers Union Executive Board recommended that the House of Delegates endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president, it was voted down at the Feb. 5 meeting. A second vote accepted an official position . . .

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A recommendation by the CTU election committee to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders was voted down by the CTU House of Delegates.

CPS still pushing test prep, while more colleges go test optional

In spite of the fact that Chicago city colleges and many four-year colleges that CPS students will attend do not require a minimum SAT score — with Northern Illinois University just joining the ranks of . . .

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Northern Illinois University will no longer require a minimum test score for students it accepts, the school president announced in late January 2019. NIU's campus in DeKalb. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)

Celebration of Life for Tom Lalagos will be on Feb. 22

There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Tom/Thanasi Lalagos on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Chicago Teachers Union Hall located at 1901 W Carroll Ave., Chicago.

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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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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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