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Record #: R2015-112   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 3/18/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for Illinois General Assembly to promulgate and enact replacement of appointed membership of Chicago Board of Education with elected school board for District 299
Sponsors: Fioretti, Bob, Arena, John, Munoz, Ricardo, Hairston, Leslie A., Foulkes, Toni, Sposato, Nicholas, Waguespack, Scott, Pope, John
Attachments: 1. R2015-112.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, In a non-binding referendum conducted in conjunction with this city's February 24, 2015 Municipal election, the voters of the 37 wards that were allowed to vote on the matter overwhelmingly supported the creation of an elected Chicago Board of Education; and

WHEREAS, 86% of those voting from Northwest Side neighborhoods of Ukrainian Village, Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Wicker Park decisively favored electing a school board who would be more responsive to their needs; and

WHEREAS, West side neighborhoods stretching from River North and West Loop to Austin polled more than 90% for an elected Board of Education; and

WHEREAS, In the South Side neighborhoods of Chatham, Auburh/Grisham, Englewood and Washington Park, the "Yes" votes for an elected school board in District 299 tallied at more than 92%; and

WHEREAS, None of the totals in the 37 wards voting in the referendum fell below an 82% approval rating. In fact, approval for an elected Chicago Board of Education polled higher than the total votes for the top two Aldermanic candidates in those wards in which the referendum was placed on the ballot. Even in two uncontested Aldermanic races, the approval for an elected school board outpolled the votes garnered by the incumbent candidates; and

WHEREAS, The demand ofthe taxpayers for an elected representative school board has grown even stronger since voters in 327 precincts approved a similar advisory referendum in the November, 2012 General Election by a very wide margin; and

WHEREAS, Under the guise of "reform", the currently appointed Board of Education has allowed class size to increase. Art, music, physical education and after-school activities have been diminished or eliminated altogether while senseless so-called "high-stakes" testing eats up more classroom learning time. The developmental models for pre-school and kindergarten curricula has been radically...

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