Chicago will have the largest elected school board of any major U.S. city

By: | August 2, 2021

Beginning in 2024, Chicago will have a 21-person school board and phase in elections for those seats, a change that would establish school board elections for the first time in city history.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker quietly signed the compromise bill on Thursday evening. In 2024, 11 of the seats would be appointed by the mayor and 10 would be elected, but the city would host a full slate of elections two years later, in 2026.

The shift is the latest example of the political tide turning against a brand of education reform that remade some of America’s urban school systems over the last three decades.

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