“Chicago’s children deserve parity in funding and in democratic governance”
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) announced that he is sponsoring a plan to bring the Chicago Public Schools into line with every other district in Illinois by making its school board a democratically elected body. He will hold hearings in Chicago to gather input from parents and other community members to ensure fair representation in the transition to elections, which will first be held in 2018 if the measure becomes law.
“Chicago’s children deserve nothing less than full equality with the rest of the state – parity in funding and in democratic governance of their school district,” Raoul said. “It’s time to get this right, and I look forward to working with our parents and advocates to give CPS the government our schools so desperately need.”
House Bill 557 is currently under consideration in the Senate after passing in the House. Raoul expressed his intention today to hold open meetings this summer to hear from the public and work out details of the plan. Known for his ability to bring stakeholders together to achieve landmark reforms, including the abolition of the death penalty, the overhaul of workers’ compensation, landmark law enforcement reform and an open redistricting process that respects minority communities, Raoul looks forward to tackling the issue of CPS governance.
“The families who trust CPS with their children’s futures know our schools have entered trying times, and they rightly demand accountable leadership,” Raoul said. “Chicago should be a flagship, not an outlier, and thoughtful self-government can achieve this for the good of our children and our city.”