Folks including CTU say that an elected school board would be better for Chicago Public Schools -- not to mention giving CTU much more power than it currently has -- and indeed the way things are set up now you might as well get rid of the appointed board and just run CPS as a city agency like CPD or Streets and Sanitation. But that doesn't mean that an elected school board is a realistic or reasonable alternative (or guarantees improved results), as the Los Angeles example reminds us. Click below for video of the board members bickering earlier this week (something they frequently do), and read about the nine candidates the union has endorsed (for three spots), and the $10 million that will be spent on the race for three open seats in March (salary: $48,000). In this video clip, LAUSD Board Members Tamar Galatzan and Steve Zimmer debate the risks the grant application veto could pose to school funding opportunities during the Tuesday, December 11 meeting:
Despite Galatzan’s—and Superintendent John Deasy’s—objections, Zimmer voted yes on the proposal, and the grant application veto passed with a 4-3 vote. (See: Controversial Grant Approval Measure Passes)
Previous posts (from LA School Report): UTLA Endorsements, UTLA Board Keeps Options Open, and here Union Endorses Multiple Candidates All told, 15 candidates have filed paperwork and the three races are anticipated to cost $10 million, between direct contributions and independent expenditures from labor and reform allies.