"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Wow, There's a Chicago Mayoral Candidate that Favors Democratically-Controlled Public Schools

No, it's not Reptilian Rahm or Mosely-Braun or Gery Chico.  It's Danny Davis for Mayor.  From the Chicago Tribune:

The major candidates in the Chicago mayor's race are split on today's proposal that the city’s school board be elected instead of appointed by the mayor, though none of them embraced the plan wholeheartedly.

Three candidates --- former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, ex-U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and Gery Chico, who once served as Chicago Board of Education president --- each said they are opposed to the idea and argued it could further politicize public education in Chicago.

U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis said he supports the concept of an elected school board, although he didn’t necessarily back the proposal presented today by a group led by the Chicago Teachers Union. 

City Clerk Miguel del Valle said he supports the “eventual transition” to an elected school board, but said in order for it to be effective, the city needs to implement public financing of political campaigns. He also said there should be provisions in the law to guarantee the mayor has some accountability for the condition of the schools. . . .

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