Teachers Union: Elect School Board Members, Not Appoint

January 6, 2011  |  

(Chicago Defender) — Teachers, parents, students and community groups are urging state legislators and Chicago’s next mayor to revamp the current school board to include elected members.By doing so, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said it would allow for more input from parents who have children attending public schools. “By establishing an elected school board it would give democracy a choice,” Lewis told the Defender at a Dec. 29 press conference and rally held at the Thompson Center. “The community needs to be a part of the school board and that can be best achieved by having a student, parent and community resident as members.”

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