In Chicago's February election, an advisory voter question about an elected school board will appear on the ballot in 38 wards, according to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), one of the groups involved with the campaign.
"There were no objections filed to challenge the approximately 66,000 signatures on the (elected representative school board) petitions, which will appear on ballots in all of Chicago's wards except for 2, 9, 11, 13, 18, 23, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 48," reads a CTU news release.
The non-binding, ward-level ballot questions seek to gauge public opinion on whether the city should switch to an elected school board. The Chicago Board of Education is the only non-elected school board in Illinois, and the state legislature must ultimately change the rules.
In addition to the CTU, groups that spearheaded the ward-level referendum campaign included Grassroots Education Movement, Grassroots Illinois Action, SEIU* Healthcare Illinois Indiana and United Working Families.
Elected school board supporters officially launched their ward-by-ward referendum petition drive in October after an advisory voter question on the matter was crowded off the citywide ballot for a third time.
"This was a tremendous effort, and a shared achievement for the hundreds of petitioners and thousands of signees who believe in the need for an elected school board," CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said in a statement.
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