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PSAT for 11-6-12: Vote! and support an elected school board for Chicago

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Email if you can help out at a precinct today for the elected school board referendum campaign. The referendum is on the ballot in 327 precincts and we need folks at all of them. Thanks!

Also, take a moment to read Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post Answer Sheet blog on what’s at stake for education in this election: lots of big local school board races and referenda.


Text of elected school board referendum and precincts including the measure

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I’ve been corrected – there is no legal restriction on PURE encouraging a YES vote on the elected school board referendum – so be sure to go to the END of the ballot and VOTE YES if you live in one of the below-listed precincts (Thanks to Jackie Leavy for sending around this info):

Elected School Board Advisory Referendum

An advisory referendum question on whether or not Chicago Public Schools should have an elected school board will appear on the November, 2012 ballot as follows:
“Shall each member of the Board of School District 299, known as the Chicago Board of Education, be elected by voters of the City of Chicago, State of Illinois?” Yes No

This non-binding public policy question will appear on the ballots in parts or all of the following precincts:
Ward 1: Parts or all of Precincts 2, 4, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 28, 32, 33, 35, 39
Ward 3: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 4, 11, 12, 20, 23, 24, 29, 31, 35, 38
Ward 4: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 22, 24, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35
Ward 5: Parts or all of Precincts 4
Ward 9: Parts or all of Precincts 3, 15, 26, 33
Ward 11: Parts or all of Precincts 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 25, 27
Ward 12: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23
Ward 13: Parts or all of Precincts 13, 27
Ward 14: Parts or all of Precincts 28
Ward 19: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 16, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31,
33, 34,35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 51, 52, 54, 55, 58
Ward 22: Parts or all of Precincts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24,
Ward 24: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41
Ward 25: Parts or all of Precincts 3, 10, 16, 32
Ward 26: Parts or all of Precincts 6, 7, 8, 11, 14, 17, 21, 24, 27, 28, 32, 34
Ward 27: Parts or all of Precincts 45
Ward 28: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 9, 16, 17, 26, 37, 40
Ward 29: Parts or all of Precincts 2. 4, 6, 24, 34, 41
Ward 30: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 4, 9, 20
Ward 31: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 27, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41
Ward 32: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 3, 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22, 26, 28, 40, 41, 43
Ward 33: Parts or all of Precincts 8, 13, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28
Ward 35: Parts or all of Precincts 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
Ward 36: Parts or all of Precincts 16
Ward 38: Parts or all of Precincts 33, 35, 40
Ward 39: Parts or all of Precincts 25, 28
Ward 40: Parts or all of Precincts 3, 8, 9, 12, 16, 27, 38
Ward 41: Parts or all of Precincts 11, 15, 37
Ward 43: Parts or all of Precincts 9, 17
Ward 44: Parts or all of Precincts 21, 33, 37
Ward 45: Parts or all of Precincts 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Ward 46: Parts or all of Precincts 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 32, 37
Ward 47: Parts or all of Precincts 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 47
Ward 48: Parts or all of Precincts 7, 14, 21, 35, 36
Ward 49: Parts or all of Precincts 4, 5, 11, 18, 22, 28, 33
Ward 50: Parts or all of Precincts 20, 21, 22, 34, 36, 40
A simpler question, “Should the City of Chicago have an elected school board?” will appear on
the ballot in the 24th Ward, and potentially, the 28th and parts of the 29th Ward

PSAT for 10-23-12: Why wait to vote on an elected school board in Chicago?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Early voting started yesterday and most Chicagoans have a special opportunity this fall to make our voices heard on the issue of an elected school board, thanks to the determined hard work of a group of Chicago Public School parents and others who collected thousands of signatures on petitions, enough to get a referendum on the ballot in about half of Chicago’s voting precincts in 35 of the 50 wards.

Communities Organized for Democracy in Education (CODE), of which PURE is a member, will sponsor a forum on the issue tonight at 7 pm at the Logan Square Auditorium,  2539 N. Kedzie featuring Karen Lewis, Ben Joravsky, and Paul Lipman of UIC and Teachers for Social Justice (CPS and DFER were invited but declined to participate). This forum will also be broadcast live on CAN-TV 27.

Please read Curtis Black’s excellent report on the issue, including details of a recent public forum hosted by State Rep LeShawn Ford, who will host a similar forum Monday, October 29 at 6 p.m. at Carey AME Church, 1448 S. Homan.

A Chicago Tribune poll taken during the 2011 mayoral election showed 77% of Chicagoans in favor of an elected school board, with only 17% favoring mayoral appointment of the board.

As a 501c3 organization, PURE cannot advise you how to vote on any specific referendum, but we are pretty sure that you know what to do. Why wait?

Changes on Board?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Two items of interest from yesterday’s unusual Tuesday board meeting as reported in Substance:

  • * Public Participation Sign-Up will be revamped for the October meeting. On-line sign-up will be allowed.
  • * The Board members are maintaining “Office Hours.” Interested members of the public may request a meeting with Board Members by calling 773-553-1600.

Hm. Do they perhaps feel an elected school board breathing down their necks? Parents 4 Teachers reports that “a non-binding elected school board referendum will be on the ballot in the November election. Voters in some 200 precincts, in roughly half the city’s wards, will be able to cast their vote for democracy in education.”

Let’s keep the momentum for real democracy going!


CTU striking for better schools

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It seems very odd to be in Phoenix getting my mom settled back into her home after a summer with us, rather than in Chicago where all the action is.

But the whole world IS watching, and it’s not because the whole world really cares that much about a local city labor dispute. It’s because this is a fight about the very nature of public education and the needs of middle class families.

Read this letter by Teacher X’s (the amazing Xian Barrett) to JC Brizard for a powerful take on what’s at stake. Here’s a taste.

  • When you make me cram 30-50 kids in my classroom with no air conditioning so that temperatures hit 96 degrees, that hurts our kids.
  • When you lock down our schools with metal detectors and arrest brothers for play fighting in the halls, that hurts our kids.
  • When you take 18-25 days out of the school year for high stakes testing that is not even scientifically applicable for many of our students, that hurts our kids.
  • When you spend millions on your pet programs, but there’s no money for school level repairs, so the roof leaks on my students at their desks when it rains, that hurts our kids.

Even though my marching shoes have gotten a little dusty, I’d be out there today.

My sons were in preschool and second grade during the last CTU strike. I didn’t know much about school politics then (ah… so young!), but I supported the teachers then, and became aware soon afterwards how much changed as a result of that strike – most notably, the creation of local school councils.

I hope and believe that we will look back on this strike with the same sense of pride in what we did here in Chicago. My dream is that this movement will bring about an elected school board for our city, the establishment of an independent training center for local school councils (let’s name it in honor of Don Moore), class size limits and parental testing opt-out rights enacted in state law, a moratorium on school closings, and, yes, air conditioning in every school!

I’m so proud of the CTU and of the parents, students and community members who have rallied around them. There’s a REAL “Won’t Back Down story, folks.

PURE member rates Brizard, throws in Rahm

Friday, August 31st, 2012

You may remember back in December of 2010 when Linda Hudson filed an Office for Civil Rights complaint against the CPS student retention policy .

The OCR investigation is still underway and Linda still has her eye on CPS.

Here’s her great letter in today’s Sun-Times:

“Rahm Emanuel and Jean-Claude Brizard. Let me get this right, there has not been a Chicago Public Schools strike in 25 years; so what’s the common denominator here? Rahm Emanuel and Jean-Claude Brizard. Every day I’m rethinking my mayoral vote. It’s time for an elected school board.”

That just about perfectly sums up the situation!!!! Thanks, Linda.

PSAT for 7-10-12: More reasons for an elected school board

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The leadership of the Chicago Public Schools has once more shown its utter disrespect for our communities by announcing a nonsensical budget on a Friday evening and then scheduling hearings all on one day, 5 days later.

No matter that this violates the law by missing the June deadline, as Substance News points out.

No matter that they have ended what had become some sort of a tradition of opening the budget hearings at Lane Tech High School, which usually drew the largest crowd of any of the hearings.

No matter that they can’t explain the budget in a way that makes sense to anyone — for example, why do all the administrators from Brizard on down get the same 2% raise even though they are not being asked to work even 2% more time, in contrast to the extra 20% of time teachers are being asked to put in for their 2%?

Still, even as planned, the hearings do provide a rare opportunity to speak out about CPS issues without having to get up before dawn and listen to interminable dog-and-pony shows until you finally get a possible chance to speak for 2 minutes sometime after noon at a monthly Board of Education meeting.

The CPS budget proposal is here.

All hearings are tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Registration is from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Malcolm X College, Bruce K. Hayde Center, 1900 W. Van Buren
Kennedy-King College, The Great Hall, 740 W. 63rd Street
Daley College, Theatre, 7500 S. Pulaski

Now, here are two other things to do that might make for a better budget NEXT YEAR or soon after!

1) Attend and show your support for the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force hearing which has called CPS CEO Brizard to testify.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 19TH, 2012
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    at the “UIC FORUM” of the University of IL at Chicago
    725 W. Roosevelt Road (southeast corner of the intersection of Roosevelt/Halsted) in MEETING ROOMS D-E

2) Help pass petitions for an elected school board in Chicago: Message from Parents 4 Teachers’ Howie Emmer

“Can you help my organization, Parents 4 Teachers, and CODE (Communities Organized for Democracy in Education) collect signatures to place a referendum for an elected Chicago school board on the November ballot? The campaign deadline is July 31 and we need your support as we make a final push.

“You can join P4T as we canvass once a week for the rest of July in 3 neighborhoods according to the following schedule : Tuesdays in W. Rogers Park, Wednesdays in Logan Square, Thursdays in West Town near Chicago and Damen, 6:30-8:30 pm. Please contact me for meeting location information. OR you can gather a few neighbors and collect signatures in your precinct. Once you collect the number of petition signatures that equals 16% of the registered voters in your precinct, you’re done! This is very doable. We can tell you the exact number of signatures you have to collect and provide you with the necessary materials.

“We need a school board that offers a high quality rich educational experience to ALL of Chicago’s children and young people! An Elected Representative School Board is a requisite step.”

Howie Emmer  <>

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