Chicago needs an elected representative school board.
Raise Your Hand Action is part of a city-wide coalition working to get an Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) for Chicago. We think that parents and community members should be able to vote for their school board. Chicago’s school board is appointed by the mayor. Chicago is the only school district in Illinois with an appointed board. The Illinois General Assembly must pass a law to change that.
An elected board is a necessary first step to improve our schools.
An elected representative school board would be directly accountable to the public, more diverse and representative of CPS families.
Chicago needs an elected board of education, one where board members who have financial conflicts of interests must bear the scrutiny of the voters at the ballot box.
Nearly 90% of Chicago voters asked about an elected school board in 2015 voted in favor of having one.
Last March, in the previous General Assembly, a bill that would establish a Elected Representative School Board for Chicago, passed in the IL House 110-4. It failed to pass in the IL Senate Education Committee, however.
State Representative Robert Martwick has re-introduced this legislation for the 100th General Assesmbly as HB1774. We need to take action to bring some democracy and transparency to public education in Chicago.
- Call your state rep and senator to ask them to support HB1774 for an elected representative school board for Chicago. (Or, if they have signed on as a sponsor, thank them for their support and ask them to help build support to pass the bill.) Look here for the text of the bill and the current sponsors. Examples of what you can say when you call are below.
- Talk to parents, teachers, students, LSC and community members. Ask them to contact their state legislators.
- Sign up to work on the campaign for an elected school board for Chicago.
If they have not signed on to the bill:
“Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Rep _____________. I am calling to ask the Senator/Rep to become a sponsor and vote yes on House Bill 1774 for an Elected Representative School Board for Chicago. The community deserves a real voice and a real vote in how our public schools are run."