4 things to know about the elected school board debate in Chicago

By: | April 20, 2021

The debate over whether Chicago should embrace an elected school board has a new twist: A mayor-backed proposal for a hybrid board that would continue to give City Hall influence.

Sen. Kimberly Lightford filed legislation last week with the Senate that would create a hybrid school board. Under the plan, the majority of the board would be appointed by the mayor with a few elected seats.

Meanwhile, a bill that would establish a 21-person elected school board has picked up speed in the Illinois legislature. Currently, the fully elected school board bills are moving fast through the general assembly.

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