Chicago Voters Overwhelmingly Support an Elected School Board

Yesterday, voters in 327 precincts throughout 35 wards of the city had the opportunity to vote on the referendum question regarding whether Chicago should have an elected school board, as opposed to the current mayoral appointed school board. 

Voters overwhelmingly voted yes to an elected school board, with 86.6% voting yes. The final tally amounted to 65,763 people voting YES and 10,174 voting NO.

You can view results here:

The public expressed a clear desire for improvement in the current undemocratic way policies are made at CPS. This was a non-binding referendum to gauge public support. In order for change to now take place, this question must go through the legislature in Springfield. We urge you to contact your state representatives today to share these results and ask their viewpoint. Email us and let us know what they say –, post on our website – or tweet to us -

You can search for your state legislators here:

Thank you to all the CODE and RYH volunteers who spent hours of their free time canvassing for this referendum and passing out palm cards. A strong network of people working together for a common cause can affect change!

Upcoming Education events:

 Thursday, November 8th (8:30pm-10:30pm)

Celebrate ERSB Results at Gannon’s Pub

Come out and raise your glass and toast all the hard work of our volunteers over the past 5 months. Learn about other efforts we are working on.


Wednesday, November 14th

CPS Board Meeting

You can register on-line now to speak:


Friday, November 9, 2012 (5-8pm)

Exhibition of Student Art from Around Chicago

Chicago Artist' Coalition Gallery

217 N. Carpenter


Wednesday, November 14th (6:30pm-8:30pm)

BGA and Catalyst discussion on:

Charter Schools, Neighborhood Schools and Public Education

IIT – 3241 S. Federal

Saturday, November 17th

TSJ Curriculum Fair

King College Prep -4445 S. Drexel

Reawakening the Grassroots Education Movement

Thursday, November 29th (7pm-9pm)

RYH Culture of Testing Forum – place tba

We are talking about standardized testing, impact to the classroom, what is good assessment, etc. Panelists will include Professor Noah Sobe of CReATE and Loyola University, CPS teachers, and more.