Rod Wilson from KOCO and Phil Cantor from Teachers For Social Justice hold up a box of petitions during the press conference. Photo: Tim Furman’s blog
In spite of attempts by aldermanic supporters of Mayor Emanuel like 49th Alderman Joe Moore to block it, the idea of an elected school board will be on the ballot in Chicago in November.
CODE, Communities Organized for Democracy in Education, submitted ten thousand signatures to the Board of Elections today.
It is another blow to the ambitions of our Republicrat Mayor and to the entire notion of mayoral control, an idea which was born in this city a decade ago.
The group claimed the current board, appointed by the mayor, answers to the interests of downtown financiers, rather than Chicago parents. They said the present board has been ill-serving pupils, by closing traditional public schools and promoting charter schools.
University of Illinois at Chicago education professor Pauline Lipman joined the activists in seeking to do away with the appointed board and establish a new school board elected by the voters.
“What we know is that the appointed boards that we have in Chicago and across the country have made no improvement in education,” Lipman said.