The January 2022 Issue of Substance

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[Media Bias - CTU Wildcat Strike] What really happened in Chicago?

We still don’t really know what triggered the five-day shutdown of the nation’s third-largest school system — or what brought teachers back into class so quickly.

By Steve Rhodes https://kappanonline.org
January 18, 2022
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[ COVID Surge Over ] Chicago And Illinois Past Their Omicron Peaks, But Leaders Urge Caution: ‘Not Out Of The Woods’

People should not drop their guard, as average cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain high, officials said.

CHICAGO — Illinois and Chicago are coming down from their Omicron peaks of COVID-19 cases, state and city . . .


[ Parent Communication ] Making Steady Progress in the Fight Against COVID-19

From: CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 4:08 PM

Subject: Making Steady Progress in the Fight Against COVID-19 / Avanzando en la lucha contra el COVID-19

A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC . . .


Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

Commencement Address for Oberlin College
By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
June 1965, Oberlin Ohio
www2.oberlin.edu/

"[Oberlin College] President Carr, members of the faculty, and members of the graduating class of this great . . .


Animal Farm Ch6 - Work was Strictly Voluntary

Animal Farm Ch6 - Long live the windmill!

Summary - the animals continue to work like slaves but are content in the knowledge that their sacrifice is for the benefit of the farm and . . .


Animal Farm Ch5 - Four legs good, two legs bad

Animal Farm Chapter 5

Summary- this chapter illuminates Napoleon's corrupt and power-hungry motivations. He openly and unabashedly seizes power for himself, banishes Snowball with no justification, and shows a bald-faced willingness to rewrite history . . .


Animal Farm Ch4 - War is War

Animal Farm Ch4 - War is War

Summary - Boxer fights courageously, as does Snowball, and the humans suffer a quick defeat. The animals' losses amount only to a single sheep, whom they give . . .


Animal Farm Chapter 3 - Animal Committees

Animal Farm Chapter 3

Summary - The animals spend a laborious summer harvesting in the fields. The clever pigs think of ways for the animals to use the humans' tools, and every animal participates . . .


CPS Staff Return Tuesday Jan 11 & Classes to Resume for all CPS Students on Wednesday, January 12

From: CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2022 9:16 PM
Subject: Classes to Resume for all CPS Students on Wednesday, January 12 | Clases en persona estarán en sesión el miércoles, 12 de enero . . .


Animal Farm Chapter 2 - Never Mind the Milk !!!

Animal Farm Chapter 2

Summary - Old Major dies and three pigs, Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer, take it upon themselves to spread the word of Animalism. The pigs are in charge of this 'system . . .


Animal Farm Chapter 1 - All men are enemies. All animals are comrades

In a new Substance News series, we will be republishing books in their full text with a summary introduction. The text is taken from project Gutenberg and differing summaries will be used from open source . . .


[ Media Bias - Violence ] Current Research Overstates American Support for Political Violence

Researchers led by Sean J. Westwood of Dartmouth College, in a paper titled “Current Research Overstates American Support for Political Violence,” argue that “documented support for political violence is illusory, a product of ambiguous questions, . . .


Real Solidarity, Urgent CPS-CTU Collaboration Needed

Impasses, stalemates, and political standoffs have become all too common in the Chicago public school system. Both sides talk at each other and should do more to collaborate and put the best interest of the . . .


Gerrymandering and Cracking Allowed in Illinois

Teaching about the democratic process in Illinois will be more challenging for the next ten years.

The decision by a federal court panel to uphold a redistricting map for the state's legislative districts . . .


Parents File Lawsuit in Attempt to End Teachers Union Strike

The following article by FOX 32 Chicago appeared January 7, 2022 on fox32chicago.com

CHICAGO – A group of Chicago parents have filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Chicago Teachers Union, calling this week’s school . . .


[ US Regulations - Whistleblower Protections ] Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination Act of 2020

Proposed Rule by the Personnel Management Office on 01/06/2022

“[i]n order to maintain a productive workplace that is fully engaged with the many important missions before the Government, it is essential that the rights . . .


[ Chicago Student Group - Chi-RADS ] Newly formed Chicago Student Group

a newly formed chicago student group on twitter

In We as young people of the Chicago Public Schooling system have officially allied ourselves across a multitude of this cities public high-schools. We have established . . .


Workers' Right to Refuse Dangerous Work - OSHA Rights and Protections

Workers' Right to Refuse Dangerous Work OSHA Workers' Rights and Protections
https://www.osha.gov/workers/right-to-refuse

If you believe working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, we recommend that you bring the conditions to your employer's attention, . . .


73% vote to stay remote Wednesday January 5th 2022

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Chicago teachers voting Tuesday whether to defy CPS orders to teach in-person

Chicago teachers voting Tuesday whether to defy CPS orders to teach in-person

reposted as a public service
https://www.wbez.org/stories/chicago-teachers-voting-tuesday-whether-to-defy-cps-orders-to-teach-in-person/5072b3d3-6e95-4133-b7c4-b66ca7268061

A high-stakes showdown between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools is coming . . .


CPS CEO Commits to School Specific COVID-19 Closing Metrics after CTU Threatens Walk-Out

In the face of a potential walkout by Chicago Teachers Union members, Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said he is committed to putting in place COVID-19 cases metrics for closing schools and classrooms.
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Happy New Year 2022

May all your dreams come true in 22

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A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL on Dec 31

On Dec 31, 2021 10:42, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS wrote:
A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dear CPS Colleagues, Families, and Supporters, Our return to the classroom is now just a few days away. We . . .


[ Teenager Murdered Catching a Bus from School ] Father Of Slain 15-Year-Old Shares Heartbreaking Message To Chicago: ‘How Did Our City Get Here?’

Caleb Westbrooks, 15, was shot Tuesday a few blocks north of Rauner College Prep, where he was a freshman. His dad said the young football player was walking to catch a bus home from school . . .


[ ViewPoint ] Internal Politics Spurred Chicago Teachers Union Walkout

Much is at stake for Sharkey, Davis Gates in May CTU elections
In the weeks prior to Christmas break, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Twitter account was aflame with warnings of COVID-19 positivity rates at . . .


Performative activism rises as traditional activism becomes a trend for social media

Relevant to to what we are all experiencing today.
Reposted from November 3, 2020
https://thewildcattribune.com

Modern-day protesting takes a turn as a new group of performative activists branch off from traditional activism’s past. . . .


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Reposted from July 29, 2008
https://newrepublic.com

It seems like a very long time—though in truth only a few years have passed—since the most sinister force on the planet that the left could imagine was . . .


Say it Ain't So -> 68% Say So

55.5% of Chicago Teachers members voted to accept CPS' final offer to stop any further work actions regarding COVID safety and accept the last bargaining offer by Chicago Public Schools for safety protocols.

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Return to Work Proposal CPS-CTU January 10, 2022 (passed by 63%)

sources report this proposal passed by 63%

Recognizing the increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Omicron variant, the parties agree to the following measures that will be in place until August . . .


[ Chi-COVID Wildcat Strike ] Chicago Teachers Union attempts to ram through agreement to reopen schools as Omicron surges

[ Chi-COVID Wildcat Strike ] Chicago Teachers Union attempts to ram through agreement to reopen schools as Omicron surges

Evan Blake, Alexander Fangmann
4 hours ago www.wsws.org
World Socialist Web Site

On Monday . . .


Chicago Public Schools Classes canceled Tuesday Jan 11 2022

Classes canceled Tuesday Jan 11 2022
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ocon, JuanCarlos
Date: Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 3:44 PM

Subject: Classes canceled Tuesday Jan 11/Clases canceladas martes 11 de enero

To: . . .


you’re not listening !!! lightfoot scolds teachers

chicago public schools responds to the teachers unions last proposal in a blistering no to anything that keep students out of school

"CTU leadership, you’re not listening. The best, safest place for kids . . .


Classes Canceled Monday, January 10 / Actualización sobre las clases para el lunes 10 de enero

From: CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sent: Sunday, January 9, 2022 7:44 PM
Subject: Classes Canceled Monday, January 10 / Actualización sobre las clases para el lunes 10 de enero

A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS . . .


[ Chicago Teachers Union ] Unfair Labor Practice 22-CA-0009-C

Charges filed by the Chicago Teachers Union regarding the COVID work action by the law firm Dowd, Bloch, Bennett

Attachment to First Amended Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Employer
Employer: Chicago Board . . .


Chicago Public Schools' complete response to the teachers union's proposal today

Chicago Public Schools' complete response to the teachers union's proposal today .. the district says it has responded with a counterproposal

from Mila Koumpilova
6:34 PM · Jan 8, 2022·Twitter Web App . . .


Chicago Teachers Union releases its latest proposal to end the work stoppage/lockout (1/8/22)

Chicago Teachers Union released its latest proposal to end the work stoppage/lockout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 8, 2022
www.ctulocal1.org

The proposal, approved for submission to Chicago Public Schools by the Union’s executive . . .


[ Chicago Public Schools ] Unfair Labor Practice 22-CB-0003-C

Charges filed by law firm Franczek P.C on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools regarding the COVID work action by the Chicago Teachers Union

Basis of the Charge

On Tuesday, January 4. 2022. . . .


Classes remain canceled for all CPS students tomorrow, Friday, January 7

From: CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sent: Thursday, January 6, 2022 5:29 PM
Subject: Update on Classes for Friday, January 7 / Actualización sobre las clases para el viernes 7 de enero

A message from CHICAGO . . .


CPS Classes Canceled Thursday, January 6

From: CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sent: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 8:15 PM

Subject: CPS Classes Canceled Thursday, January 6 / Las clases de CPS se cancelarán el jueves 6 de enero

A message from . . .


CPS Email to Parents about Jan. 5, 2022 Work Action

On Jan 4, 2022 23:30, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS wrote:

A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dear Families,
The Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) has voted not to report to work tomorrow, therefore classes . . .


CPS Message to Staff about January 5, 2022 Work Action

Dear Colleagues,

The Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) has voted NOT to report to work tomorrow, therefore all classes and school activities are being canceled for Wednesday, January 5. This means that there will be . . .


The Smoke Screen of CTU Politics: Unchecked Gentrification and the Loss of Students

Workers have a right and duty to improve working conditions but need to watch behind the scenes.
The sharp decline in public school enrollment and unchecked gentrification should warn Chicago Teachers Union members that . . .


Go, But Don't Go - Confusing Messaging for Chicago schools coming back from Winter Break

Chicago Public Schools will be open for school tomorrow, January 3, 2022, for students and families that want to send their children to school despite the Chicago Teachers Union demanding that schools be closed for . . .


Crime and Young People - Editorial

We have seen this before where young people are enticed into a life of crime. Or that is the only lifestyle they have known. Or maybe it's for a cheap thrill.

We are not . . .


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