Friday, November 09, 2012

An Accountable School Board?

We can't see Rahm letting it happen.  He'd have to surrender too much power:
  • Independent Chicago aldermen vowed Thursday to push for a citywide referendum on an elected school board opposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, emboldened by 86 percent support from voters in parts of 35 different wards.

    Despite a parliamentary maneuver by a mayoral ally that blocked referenda in 10 Chicago wards, education activists in 327 precincts went door-to-door to gather the signatures needed to put the elected school board question on the ballot. The results were overwhelming. By an 86.6 percent margin, 65,763 Chicagoans said they would prefer an elected school board to the current system of seven mayoral appointees confirmed by the City Council.


    Chicago has the only school district in the state that does not have an elected school board.

Someone also said we're the only school district with a drop out rate in excess of 50% and the only school district that graduates people from high school reading at a 7th grade level completely unprepared for college and totally unemployable. No idea if that last part is true. And that phrase, "independent aldermen?" What are there, like two of them?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chicagoans said they would prefer an elected school board to the current system of seven mayoral appointees confirmed by the City Council."

Yeah, we've seen how successful Chicago/Cook County elections are.

Who will be running in these elections? Where will their funding come from?

Do we really want to see more campaign commercials?

I'm not saying taking control away from Emanuel is a bad thing, but I'm unimpressed by the actions of the electorate thus far.

rb

11/09/2012 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"..."independent aldermen?" What are there, like two of them? "

There's two? We know one lives in Washington right? hahaha.

11/09/2012 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rham is a tyrant...garry is a fool.. our bosses follow them like lap dogs and will do anything to keep their spots, go out and work harder for them while they refuse to higher more police and demand more work out of you. they are trying to steal your pension but they are getting more and more. wake the hell up..

11/07/2012 05:00:00 PM

11/09/2012 02:24:00 AM  
Blogger JohnL said...

Funny, we in the 40th ward never see these petitions.
Never see precinct captain either.

11/09/2012 04:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Independent aldermen."

Now class, define an oxymoron.

11/09/2012 05:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago doesn't have to do what the rest of the state does, don't you know?

Who cares if the rest of the state has elected school boards? Chicago does what it wants.

Who cares if the rest of the state wants concealed carry? Chicago does what it wants.

Chicago pols have no shame. So disgusting.

Yet Chicago pols are the first to use other states and cities as examples--when they want to.

Too bad we can't chip Chicago off from the rest of the country and send it adrift toward Antarctica.

1.7 years left in this crap hole.

11/09/2012 05:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're going to allow voters that reelect Brim, Jackson and Smith to build a little power base at the schools? These idiots have done enough damage already. The next thing they'd do is figure out how to spend some more money on shit that the children's parents should take care of with their damn welfare earnings.

11/09/2012 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think "independent" means, "I'm not getting my share of the pie you're cutting. "

11/09/2012 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. No cap and gown pictures of 40 year old gangsters who get clipped? No evidence of a thug-life turnaround gone awry? What next, the Mayor of Oz giving out certificates and diplomas to the brainless?

11/09/2012 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TinyD does NOT LIKE ANY challenges to his authority!! (or power to put lackeys in important positions) This will fought tooth and nail. Any "independent" alderthieves will be dealt with...

11/09/2012 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's gonna run ? You have to give them Walgreen cards just to try and get them to pick up a friggin report card. Unless there is something free in it for them they won't bother anyway. Rahm overseeing is the lesser of 2 great evils.

11/09/2012 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 50% graduation rate is BS, it's way lower than that. I spoke to a principal at one of our not so fine high schools and couldn't believe what he told me.

Example: There is a freshman class of 500. 4 years later, over half of them drop out along the way leaving a senior class of 250. Half of them may graduate so the city claims a 50% graduation rate. But the actual rate is closer to 25%. Some schools are as bad as 10% when you count all the kids that came in as freshman.

11/09/2012 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT - Interesting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A photojournalist for CBS 5 San Francisco was beaten and robbed of his camera by a group of young men in Oakland following a live newscast report Wednesday.

Photographer Gregg Welk and reporter Anne Makovec had just finished their noon report on the passage of Prop 30 in front of Oakland Technical High School on the 4300 block of Broadway.

After the live shot, an unknown number of men rushed up, punched Welk and grabbed his camera, according to CBS 5 Communications Director Akilah Bolden-Monifa.

The men then fled in a car with the camera. Welk suffered minor injuries, was treated at a hospital and released, according to Bolden-Monifa. Makovec was not hurt.

The attack was the latest among a series of incidents involving members of the press in Oakland. In recent months, journalists with the Oakland Tribune, KTVU and KNTV have been accosted and robbed of laptops, cameras and tripods. The cost of broadcast-quality cameras can run into the tens of thousands of dollars each.

During last year’s Occupy Oakland protests, a number of TV news vans were vandalized and a photographer for KGO-TV attacked while covering a murder near the Occupy encampment.

11/09/2012 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're a little optimistic with the reading level. A few years ago the former director of the CPD academy, ROBERTS (I forget his first name) said in an interview that we were getting recruits in the academy who had 60 semester hours of college credit but who read at a grade level lower than seventh, possibly as low as fourth.

11/09/2012 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow the money...

Who is behind this? The teachers union.

They know they will be able to buy the school board by electing 'their' candidates.

You think it's bad having Rahm in charge of the schools? Wait till Karen Lewis controls the schools and sits on both sides of the negotiating table. (figuratively, of course....)

11/09/2012 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good lets have that school board vote and while we are at it put one up to the voters to reduce the city counsel to 20 members which is about right based on what other cities do and the reduction in population.

11/09/2012 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's pause to note the irony: this item appears directly above an item about Jesse Jackson, Jr. JJJr, who has been elected repeatedly.

You want a school board full of JJJr's?

I hate to say it, but I actually think there's a possibility the current system can get us better school board members. If used wisely, of course . . . yeah, I know. there's the hitch.

11/09/2012 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same morons who put the judges, aldercrooks, and . . . rahm in office should vote for a school board? Good grief. It'll be nothing but "preachers" and "activists."

11/09/2012 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How silly and naive of these people to think that they actually live in a democracy where this vote would mean anything. Those days are long gone.

11/09/2012 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy when I went to public school in the 60's and 70's we took the Iowa tests. I remember having a 11th grade math score and 12th grade reading level in fifth grade. What happened to CPS?

11/09/2012 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

High school graduates reading at a 7 grade level, unprepared for college and totally unemployable.

Its believable. Back in the early 90's the class valedictorian of Orr H.S. on the west side went to Junior college and failed in her first year. I would say that was being unprepared for college.

So anything is better then what we have.

11/09/2012 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

High school graduates reading at a 7 grade level, unprepared for college and totally unemployable.

Its believable. Back in the early 90's the class valedictorian of Orr H.S. on the west side went to Junior college and failed in her first year. I would say that was being unprepared for college.

So anything is better then what we have.

11/09/2012 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.
Preckwinkle just announced that in the new County budget there will be a $25 gun purchase fee! WTF kind of shit is this? You think the thugs will pay this? Hell no just legitimate schmucks like us will get tagged with this.
I got an idea Toni instead of sandbagging legitimate gun buying citizens why don't you cut your over bloated government?

11/09/2012 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprised?
I am
Not at fact that 86%+ of Chicago is p/o'd at mayor 1%'bs
But that some aldercretins are actually showing some "spine"
If brushing up on Robert's Rules Of Order is needed
Great
Getting referendums might laborious but it's start to institute change

11/09/2012 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arena and Wags call themselves independant democrats. It's all a scam folks. Just like Kass giving time in his column for Daley running for Governor. Just like Petraus having an affair and stepping down so that he cannot tesilie about Obamas involvement in Bengazigate.

We're done.
Amerika


What comes next?

11/09/2012 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
O.T.
Preckwinkle just announced that in the new County budget there will be a $25 gun purchase fee! WTF kind of shit is this? You think the thugs will pay this? Hell no just legitimate schmucks like us will get tagged with this.
I got an idea Toni instead of sandbagging legitimate gun buying citizens why don't you cut your over bloated government?

11/09/2012 05:29:00 PM

PO's are exempt from the $25 fee. Just the same, though, purchase your shit out of Crook County.

11/10/2012 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Elected" and "Accountable" are mutually-exclusive in Illinois.

e.g. Jesse Jackson Jr., Derrick Smith, Cynthia Brim...


rb

11/11/2012 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its believable. Back in the early 90's the class valedictorian of Orr H.S. on the west side went to Junior college and failed in her first year. I would say that was being unprepared for college.


It's ok! City colleges lowering their standards, too!

11/11/2012 01:49:00 AM  

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