Voters endorse elected school board

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

A series of policy actions have been taken to examine the possibility of Chicago Public Schools having an elected school board since last Tuesday’s election results showed that 86.6 percent of voters were in favor of the non-binding referendum question. Several grassroots education advocacy organizations and the Chicago Teachers Union formed Communities Organized for Democracy in Education (CODE), a coalition of groups from all over the city including Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Teachers for Social Justice, Action Now, Raise Your Hand Coalition and Parents 4 Teachers. The coalition said that the current mayor-elected school board should be replaced with stakeholders like teachers, principals and community members in live and work in the neighborhoods they would make decisions on. Although 10 Chicago wards were blocked from voting on the measure, the group gathered enough signatures to get the non-binding referendum on ballots in about 327 precincts in Chicago, including precincts in wards 3, 4 and 5. After the election, the final tally amounted to 65,763 people voting yes and 10,174 voting no. Chicago is the only school district in the state that does not have an elected school board. Now that there is documented support several steps have been taken to see if an elected school board would work for the school district. CODE has written an open letter to their elected officials asking them for support. Several independent aldermen have decided to push for a citywide referendum on an elected school board and state Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-8) has introduced legislation that would create a task force to study how to best select school board members.

(See below chart for elected school board election results in the 4th and 5th wards.)

November, 2012 General — Ward 3 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
20 238 197 82.77 41 17.23
23 253 229 90.51 24 9.49
24 34 33 97.06 1 2.94
29 6 5 83.33 1 16.67
35 22 19 86.36 3 13.64
Total 553 483 87.34 70 12.66
November, 2012 General — Ward 3 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
4 318 285 89.62 33 10.38
12 80 68 85 12 15
Total 400 355 88.75 45 11.25
November, 2012 General — Ward 3 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
1 239 213 89.12 26 10.88
11 196 179 91.33 17 8.67
Total 436 393 90.14 43 9.86
November, 2012 General — Ward 3 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
35 84 84 88.1 10 11.9
38 273 273 90.11 27 9.89
Total 358 321 321 37 10.34
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
1 584 499 85.45 85 14.55
Total 590 505 85.59 85 14.41
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
3 265 225 84.91 40 15.09
8 61 56 91.8 5 8.2
33 42 39 92.86 3 7.14
Ward 5 Pct4 141 129 91.49 12 8.51
Total 509 449 88.21 60 11.79
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
5 345 317 91.88 28 8.12
7 54 47 87.04 7 12.96
10 54 47 87.04 7 12.96
34 59 54 91.53 5 8.47
Total 513 466 90.84 47 9.16
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
Ward 3 Pct31 22 21 95.45 1 4.55
8 153 133 86.93 20 13.07
Total 176 155 88.07 21 11.93
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
4 175 154 88 21 12
5 35 33 94.29 2 5.71
7 452 402 88.94 50 11.06
Total 663 590 88.99 73 11.01
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
5 7 5 71.43 2 28.57
10 371 346 93.26 25 6.74
22 36 31 86.11 5 13.89
Total 414 382 92.27 32 7.73
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
29 192 173 90.1 19 9.9
34 264 235 89.02 29 10.98
Total 457 408 89.29 49 10.72
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
15 666 333 50 333 50
15 74 37 50 37 50
24 100 50 50 50 50
24 24 12 50 12 50
Total 432 383 88.66 49 11.34
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
18 195 171 87.69 24 12.31
32 296 262 88.51 34 11.49
Total 491 433 88.19 58 11.81
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
11 2 2 100 0 11.97
30 376 331 88.03 45 11.9
Total 378 333 88.1 45 11.9
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
4 45 43 95.56 2 4.44
11 29 27 93.1 2 6.9
30 200 170 85 30 15
35 85 76 89.41 9 10.59
Total 359 316 88.02 43 11.98
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
5 114 99 86.84 15 13.16
10 164 146 89.02 18 10.98
15 59 51 86.44 8 13.56
Total 337 296 87.83 41 12.17
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
29 279 255 91.4 24 8.6
Total 279 255 91.4 24 8.6
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
33 79 72 91.14 7 8.86
Ward 5 Pct 4 69 58 84.06 11 15.94
Total 148 130 87.84 18 12.16
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
18 231 209 90.48 22 9.52
Total 231 209 90.48 22 9.52
November, 2012 General — Ward 4 School Board
Precinct Votes Cast Yes % No %
3 109 98 89.91 11 10.09
8 52 49 94.23 3 5.77
12 191 166 86.91 25 13.09
Total 352 313 88.92 39 11.08
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