Election Day: Who'd You Vote For (& Why)?

The day has finally arrived.  The outcome seems pretty clear.  But still I want to know:  who'd you vote for, and why?  You don't have to tell, of course, and you don't have to give your name.  But it'd be interesting to know.  

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  • For anyone who wants comprehensive nonpartisan info on the election, the South Asian Progressive Action Collective posted a great 3-part guide on its blog:

    Part 1: The Basics (find your polling place, check your voter registration status, etc.)

    http://www.sapac.org/blog/2011/02/17/feb-22-2011-chicago-election-guide-part-1-the-basics/

    Part 2: The Candidates (who's on your ballot)

    http://www.sapac.org/blog/2011/02/18/feb-22-2011-chicago-election-guide-part-2-the-candidates/

    Part 3: Scorecards and Questionnaires (how the candidates measure up in community questionnaires)

    http://www.sapac.org/blog/2011/02/20/feb-22-2011-chicago-election-guide-part-3-scorecards-and-questionnaires/

  • Since the Chicago Teachers Union didn't have the BALLS to endorse anyone, I voted for Chico. No need to rattle off a list of qualities. I'm following my gut instinct on this one.

  • In reply to SickandTired:

    This is comming from a person who is in favor of charter schools. No wonder you voted for Chico. Its a shame you wouldn't want to use your head!

  • In reply to SickandTired:

    long NYT profile of emanuel by scott trurow from last week -- just to pass the time
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/magazine/20Emanuel-t.html?_r=3&ref=magazine&pagewanted=all

  • ditto

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    me too!

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    Has anyone else noticed none of the bloggers said they voted for Emanuel ?

  • And you threw race in there because...?

  • Statement by Janet Knupp, Founding President and CEO of The Chicago Public Education Fund. The Fund has been a strategic partner with the Chicago Public Schools for the past 11 years, working with Mayor Daley and four CPS administrations. The Fund

  • Here is a new nickname for Rahm Emanuel, RAHMFINGER!

  • I voted for De Valle because I thought he was intelligent and would have been best for the students, parents, and staff at CPS as well as not force new taxes on the people who can least afford it. It is becoming harder and harder to live comfortably here is Chicago even on a fairly decent pension. During the past couple of years I have been through experiences that I would never have dreamed of and didn't experience when I made far less money. If things keep going this way, more and more people are going to give up on Chicago and Illinois.

  • I will not tell you all who I voted for. As I have stated repeatedly on this blog whoever was elected needs to clean house at CPS starting with the Board. Because Mr. Emanuel has been basically supporting Mayor Daley's education policies it is completely unclear to what degree he will break with that past.

    It seems completely clear that Mr. Emanuel will want a Board that expands charters in Chicago. Given the fact that there will be next year close to 50,000 charter school students it is really time to set them free. Currently there is a bill in the Illinois Senate (SB 79)that would establish a statewide Charter School Commission that would have chartering jurisdiction. Mr. Emanuel should support a modified version of this bill, one that completely strips CPS and other school districts of all authority over charter schools and places it in the hands of that Commission. I also believe there should be no cap on the number of charters in the entire State.

    I want the charters seperated from CPS and other traditional districts as rapidly as possible. The reason for this is that I fully expect many in the coming years many charters will require a fiscal bailout. Currently UNO is according to reports from Catalyst, Ms. Karp, running a deficit. Other major charter are only keeping their heads above water with the help of outside funding, which will not last forever. Eventually the chickens will come home to roost.

    Mr. Emanuel can make the Waiting for Superman dream a reality by supporting an amended version of SB 79 that completely gives autonomy to all charters and makes them completely libel for their actions. Funds would be directly transferred to the charter and no longer handed out by CPS. The Commission would be responsible for the academic outcomes of the charters and each charter should be its own school district. Maybe the commission might pull a few charters something which CPS has rarely done.

    Each enrolled charter student would be a resident of that charter's school district and charters even if removing students would be legally responsible for the education of those students. This would also end passing on problem students back to traditional schools, a practice which many charter supports deny is happening, so from the perspective of charter supporters it should be no problem.

    Mr. Emanuel can end the charter wars by using his influence to get SB 79 amended. Certainly UNO which supported Mr. Emanuel must want the autonomy that seperation would bring, or could they be fearful of realy seperation?

    Rod Estvan

  • I voted del Valle. I was very impressed by his speech last night. Oh, well.

  • Mr. Estvan hasn't missed anything! Charter schools take public money and therefore public schools (non-charter) have less money!

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