ReNew Our Schools Called Today

“Can we count on your vote?” the young man asked.

I don’t know exactly why it turned me off, but it did. Maybe it was the obvious scripting. Maybe it was the fact that it turned up on caller i.d. as “unknown caller” with the number 000-000-0000. I told him I was undecided–whether I am or not–because I really don’t know who was doing the asking.

Update later in the day: OK, now I’m untangling the threads, no thanks to the Chronicle.

A town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Egyptian Theatre by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. It will feature speakers from both the school district and the ReNew Our Schools Committee. Following the speakers will be a question-and-answer session that will last until all questions from the audience have been addressed, according to a news release from the chamber of commerce.

Does it sound like the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the ReNew Our Schools Committee are separate? They’re not. ReNew Our Schools is a PAC in the care of Mark Kerman, who serves on the Chamber’s board of directors. Notice that District 428 Superintendant Paul Beilfuss is a board member, as is Daily Chronicle publisher Jon Pfeifer. It does not strike me as being particularly honest to pretend that ReNew Our Schools is some sort of grassroots effort when it is a CoC project.