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The Sunday Mail.

October 28, 2012

I guess TRS Executive Director Dick Ingram got to keep his job. The TRS board of trustees met in executive session last week but we don’t get to hear what they said. Tom White, TRS retiree and retired Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund has plenty to say.

NY keeps last week’s testing secret from parents. Why? Because if has nothing to do with the kids and parents could choose to opt out.

David Stieber and CPS’s open seats. School closings will be announced by December 1st.

Rahm’s sheep. 

Okay, all you polling nerds. The Electoral College pool is now open. I have the +325 Obama square.

Compared to the school board, the City Council’s a bastion of independence!

There were even five aldermen who voted against the last mayor’s bright idea to sell the $10 billion parking meter system for $1 billion.

True, 40 aldermen thought it was a good deal. But five’s better than none, which most assuredly is what the vote would have been had the matter come before the school board.

In fact, Mayor Rahm doesn’t want an elected school board precisely because there’s a chance that at least one independent-minded person might get elected. Apparently, one independent mind’s just too much for this boss to take.

That’s why the mayor blocked the nonbinding referendum from appearing on a citywide ballot—read all about it. But thanks to a signature-gathering effort by a diligent bunch of activists, it’s on the ballot in more than 300 precincts in 35 different wards.

And just like that—I talked myself into joining the cause on the grounds that one school board dissident—even a right-wing lunatic—is better than the empty-headed consensus we have now.

OK, maybe not a right-wing lunatic . . .

So, here’s my advice, Chicago . . .

When you get your ballot, look at the bottom to see if you’re one of the lucky few that gets to vote on this all-important issue.

Then vote yes.

If nothing else, it’s good to let Mayor Rahm know that you’re alive. Ben Joravsky

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