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The Chicago Teachers Union victory is a big one in the recent strike wave. I didn’t write about it much because I didn’t have a lot to say that others weren’t saying better. And also because this semester is hell and I don’t have a lot of time. But I did want to at least […]
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Organize the Charters

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On December 6, 2018
One of the few things about American politics making me happy in the last couple of years is that the charter scam has been fully exposed for the union-busting, profit-taking, public institution-destroying scam that it is. And thus, I am extremely happy to see the nation’s first charter school strike. Over 500 educators in Chicago […]
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This is the grave of Adolph Sabath. Born in 1866 in what is today the Czech Republic, Sabath immigrated to the United States in 1881. Despite this, he managed to go to college and graduated from Lake Forest University. He went into real estate briefly before entering his real calling–politics. He became the leader of […]

Rahm’s Chicago

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On July 5, 2017

Rahm Emanuel’s new education policy is senseless on the face of it. To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must sho

Stop and Frisk

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On September 28, 2016

Simon Balto has a rejoinder to Donald Trump’s fearmongering call to institute stop and frisk policing in Chicago. See, Chicago has a long history with this. It’s not a good history. Legall

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Chicago and the Civil War

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On May 16, 2016
It’s worth remembering that the Civil War transformed the entire nation, not just the South. From the tribes living in Montana to the slaves in Mississippi to Yankees in Vermont, no one in this nation was the same after 1865. That includes Chicago: Some impacts, courtesy of Chicago History Museum and the Encyclopedia of Chicago: […]

CTU Strike

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On April 1, 2016

The Chicago Teachers Union, which in 2012 had one of the biggest and most important strikes of the last decade, is back on the picket line today for a 1-day strike. Like the 2012 strike, this is about

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