To the Editor: Elected school board is better than appointed

May 4, 2011

Our local schools may not be perfect, but I like having input as to how they are run. Rockford Public School District 205 has some new, elected school board members. The Chicago Public School system (CPS) will have all new, appointed board members in May. District 205 residents voted for their new board members. Chicago voters had no choice. The Mayor of Chicago appoints CPS board members and the superintendent (CEO). While some prefer Chicago’s method, that method has not worked well for Chicago school children. There have been a few academic successes, but overall, it is a stalemate. Making matters worse, many CPS parents don’t feel they have a say in school board decisions, as the school board has not openly discussed issues. No discussion, no debate, and no recourse for the residents. District 205 may not be perfect, but we have a say in who will lead the district, we can make a difference. So, when the mayor and other officials start preaching “appointed” school boards, tell them “no thanks,” you want to keep your voting rights. Listen to this news article from WBEZ radio regarding Chicago School Board openness: http://www.wbez.org/story/controversial-school-decisions-little-discussion-public-85720.

Paul Gorski
Rockford

From the May 4-10, 2011 issue

One Comment

  1. John

    May 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    In response to Wonka’s question, “Why can’t anyone figure this out?” The answer is this is Rockford.

    We always do what we always did, and don’t understand why we always get what we always got.

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