Missed opportunity to get a good plan from the elected school board | Letters
While many people are celebrating the passage of a bill in Springfield to create a fully elected school board for Chicago, I am grappling with the many unanswered questions. Foremost among these is the question of who will the board of directors actually represent? Will he represent the Chicago Teacher’s Union, whose members will be allowed to run for seats? Will he only represent Chicagoans who can afford the high cost of a campaign to run for the board?
It would certainly not be a council that represents the families of children who attend Chicago public schools.
I also wonder what steps will be taken to ensure that property taxes are not increased again, which is one of the easiest ways for school boards to raise funds. Without the guaranteed support of funding from the City of Chicago, there could be a $ 500 million hole in the school system’s budget. It is certain that this burden will be transferred to taxpayers.
While the idea of an elected school board has some appeal, a more thoughtful bill than the one just passed would have had much more appeal.
Erica Salem, former mother of CPS, Lakeview
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What about rigged legislatures?
In Jacob Sullum’s recent cover of a column discussing the “dangers” of giving too much power to governors during the pandemic, I missed any reference to our neighbors to the north, Wisconsin. Sullum was not interested in mentioning that the opposite of this problem – a governor with powerful powers – is a legislature that abuses his power. And in a politically rigged state like Wisconsin, there is simply no hope of dismissing the aggressors of power.
At least when you give power to governors, they face a referendum every election day on how they have used or abused that power. Just ask Bruce Rauner from Illinois.
Don Anderson, Oak Park
Deciding DuSable Drive by referendum
It is understandable and commendable that a number of Chicago aldermen want to rename Lake Shore Drive in honor of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. Other than a high school, museum, and a few other places, DuSable is barely recognized for being Chicago’s first non-Native resident. Certainly, DuSable deserves better.
On the other hand, is it appropriate for city council to rename Lake Shore Drive, a name internationally recognized and loved by thousands of Chicagoans? Instead of city council making that call, Chicagoans themselves should decide, by referendum, whether the name should be changed.
Thomas Mackin, Rogers Park
I fell in love with Chicago along Lake Shore Drive
I came to the United States from Peru in the 1960s to study architecture at the University of Nebraska. One of the first things I was told to do was go to Chicago and walk along Lake Shore Drive and admire the architecture of all the world famous architects. I just did that. And after taking that first tour, I took an architectural boat tour of Lake Michigan – again along the Lake Shore Drive route.
I then promised myself that after graduation, I would come and live in Chicago. I would make Chicago my home.
I have now lived in the Chicago area for over 50 years. Please do not rename Lake Shore Drive.
Robert Mendez, Glen Ellyn
Slavery persisted after June 15
I liked the story of Juneteenth in the Friday newspaper. Very informative and inspiring. As a longtime American, I am delighted that the end of slavery is being officially celebrated.
I was also delighted to see the word “suitcase” used. Beautiful writing.
I thought the last two paragraphs, however, perpetuated a common misconception. Slavery remained alive and legal in parts of the United States until December 1865, when the 13th Amendment came into effect. Texas slaves were among the last freed, but they were not the last, missing that mark by almost 6 months.
Mark Anderson, Park Ridge
Throw the ball, Rodgers
Professional football is a game, but above all it is a business. And it is the responsibility of leading a team to keep that business viable by making decisions for the overall good of the organization. With that in mind, the Green Bay Packers made the decision to sign a franchise quarterback from Jordan Love, Utah, much to the chagrin of Aaron Rodgers, 37. He is upset because he was not involved in the hiring process.
Rodgers must remember that he is a player, a very well paid quarterback. Management should manage and Rodgers should throw the ball.
John Livaich, Oak Lawn