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Electing a school board.

June 19, 2012

Chicago has a long and proud history of progressive reform.

It also has produced some duds.

Like mayoral control of the public schools.

Mayoral control was an idea that came from the brain of the second Mayor Daley. So right away you can see the problem.

The citizens of Chicago are allowed to elect the board that runs our water filtration plant, but not the board that governs our schools.

Although I have to admit that our water is clean.

To demonstrate how smart this idea of mayoral control is, it led to the hiring of Paul Vallas, Arne Duncan, the clueless Ron Huberman and the guy who was chased out of Rochester, New York when 95% the teachers voted no confidence in him: JC Brizard.

That record of accomplishment may soon change.

We are starting a campaign to put an elected school board on the ballot in Chicago. By “we” I mean a coalition of parent, teacher and community groups.

It is a door to door petition signing effort that kicks off Thursday night at 5:30PM with a rally and petition distribution.

Come join us if you can. 2002 West Superior.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue permalink
    June 19, 2012 10:20 am

    Fred,

    I’m a CTU delegate with a large email list hoping to get some colleagues to go to Thursday rally. What’s at 2002 W. Superior? Is this a PURE event? Shall we come as the red-shirted mob we are?! Thanks for all the great info and support you provide.

    Sue

    • Fred Klonsky permalink*
      June 19, 2012 3:06 pm

      Sue,
      What I know is from the Parents 4 Teachers site on Facebook. This is a precinct by precinct effort, and I’m not familiar with all the election rules. It is not a PURE event although I believe PURE supports the concept of an elected school board. This is but one of several efforts for an elected school board in Chicago.

    • ReTiredbutMisstheKids permalink
      June 19, 2012 11:05 pm

      Sue–Your comment “Shall we come as the red-shirted mob we are?!” brings tears to my eyes. Your courage, determination & pride are admirable! Would that we ALL (districts around Chicago, retirees) were a “red-shirted mob.” Take notice!!!

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