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Dave Stieber is a father, husband, CPS teacher of History. Dave is passionately committed to promoting and improving urban public education, while simultaneously improving the lives of his students.

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Black Lives Matter Educates Chicago's Teachers

(11) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 10:40 PM

Towards the end of a powerful day of striking across this city on April 1, Page May, leader of Assata's Daughters, a black women's empowerment group, came on stage at the CTU led rally at the Thompson Center and proudly said, "F*ck the Police!"

Her three...

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I Just Saved Rahm and CPS Millions During My Lunch Period

(47) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 4:07 PM

Dear Rahm,

You live in a fantasy world. Don't you realize that by canceling school and making teachers take an unpaid furlough day on March 25th that you shortchange the learning of our students? Yet now you want to criticize us for having no options left but to...

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Removing the Violence Model from Chicago Youth

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 1:17 PM

This piece is written by my father, Arnold Stieber who is the Chicago coordinator for Veterans for Peace. He was infantry in the Army stationed in Vietnam from 1970-1971.

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"ISIS Trains Child Soldiers" and "Terror Trainees: New ISIS Video Shows Indoctrination of...

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CPS -- A Petulant Child That Feigns Never Having Heard "No" Before

(6) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 6:47 PM

When two sides enter into a negotiation, it is expected for the two sides to go back and forth on various points and details. One side will submit a proposal and the other side will reflect on the offer and then come back to the table to discuss what they...

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Want to Stop Police Killings? Then White People Need to Truly Care.

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 9:02 PM

If you haven't heard the name Cedric Chatman, then you should know his name. Cedric is another tragic example of a black youth being killed by police and a city trying to cover up the murder. Cedric was killed nearly three years ago, almost two years before Laquan...

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Explaining a Hunger Strike to My 3 Year Old: Dyett High School- Hunger Strikes

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 1:11 AM

Yesterday my son and I took juice to the 12 parents and community members who are performing a hunger strike. They are protesting Chicago Public Schools' decision to close one of the last public schools in their neighborhood. Frustrations are intense towards CPS who has not been listening...

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I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner and Claypool

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 11:03 PM

Recently, Gov. Bruce Rauner said:

"The people of Chicago, the voters of Chicago, the mayor of Chicago, the school board of the Chicago Public Schools should be enabled to decide what gets collectively bargained and what doesn't so they don't end up with the teachers union having dictatorial...

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Memorial Day Awakening- 2015

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 10:02 PM

This post is written by my father, Arnold Stieber who was infantry in the Army stationed in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He is currently the coordinator of the Chicago chapter of Veterans for Peace.
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An awakening . . . to summer festivities and the anticipation of warm weather...

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An "Ode" to the Appointed Chicago School Board Members

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:00 PM

Let's just get the following truths about the Chicago School Board out of the way:

  • It is appointed by the mayor and not elected by the people of Chicago.
  • It is the only school board in the entire state of Illinois that is not elected.
  • It closed the most schools...
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White America's Silence Enables Black Deaths

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Let's be honest: The word white often makes white people uncomfortable. Many of us who are white, when asked to describe ourselves, do not say our race in our personal descriptions. A typical white person's description of themselves will likely include their gender, their ethnicity, and their looks. For example,...

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I Would Be So Thankful If Only Chicago Had an Elected School Board

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:10 PM

While we all prepare to give thanks for family, friends, and loved ones, I want to pause and give thanks to the people in this city who are relentlessly trying to give us all the opportunity to have an Elected School Board.

Because Mayor Rahm Emanuel keeps Chicago the...

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Lessons Learned in Englewood: 8 Years of Reflections From a CPS Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:12 PM

A little over eight years ago when I took my first job in CPS at a high school in Englewood, people of all races would look at me like I was crazy when I told them where I would be working. During my time teaching in Englewood I had people...

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A Vietnam Veteran Reflects on Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 10:02 AM

This post is written by my father, Arnold Stieber who was infantry in the Army stationed in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He is currently the coordinator of the Chicago chapter of Veterans for Peace.
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War -- conflict resolution by violence. Memorial Day -- a day to remember...

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Maintaining the Status Quo in Chicago Public Schools

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Karen Lewis (former CPS teacher), elected president of the Chicago Teachers Union, proposed an idea to generate funding, to improve Chicago Public Schools and our city. Her idea is to place a small tax on shares bought and sold at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In an interview published in the...

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The New President Obama School Even Though CPS Closed 50 Schools Last Year

(6) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Chicago Public Schools just announced that they will build a new high school and name it after our current president, Barack Obama.

This announcement of building a new high school is about a year after the announcement by the unelected, mayorally appointed CPS Board of Education to...

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What It Means to Love Your Students

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:06 PM

We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home, and get up early. Thousands of teachers in Chicago put up with bad administrators or broken copy machines, because...

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The Power of Spoken Word Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:48 AM

Growing up I never had a love much less an appreciation for poetry. In high school and college there was nothing that drew me to admire, care for, or even really even respect the words from the typical canon of poets. It wasn't until a few years into my teaching...

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'Englewood! Those Kids Are Animals'

(8) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 2:48 PM

A little over a year ago I was on the bus headed downtown from the South Side, a lady next to me on the bus struck up a conversation. Eventually she found out that I was a teacher and where I worked. As soon as I finished the last syllable...

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Rahm Hoping Chicago Forgets Everything in Time for 2015

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:04 PM

The city of Chicago is littered with historians. Depending on where you are in the city, people can remember and share stories of buildings, businesses, train lines, or movie theaters that used to be in certain locations that are no longer there. For example, many people on the South Side...

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The Intentional Impoverishment of Neighborhood Schools

(29) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 10:18 PM

Over the past 6 years I have seen the public high school I work at on the South Side, TEAM Englewood, lose funding little by little, that is until this year. Our school was part of Arne Duncan's Renaissance 2010 plan which was based on the faulty premise that one...

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