SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) secured passage in the Senate of a measure allowing for the election of the Chicago Board of Education starting in 2023.
Before this legislation, the Chicago Public School district was the only school district in the state without an elected school board.
“It’s important that Chicago stay on par with the state, not only with funding but also with democracy,” Raoul said.
Similar legislation passed the House in 2016 but did not advance in the Senate. The measure passed today sets the size of the elected board at 15 members and establishes a redistricting commission to draw districts for board members.
“We amended the legislation to make sure the legislature was not drawing districts but that redistricting was done by people within the city of Chicago,” Raoul said.
Currently, the Chicago Board of Education is composed of seven members appointed by the mayor of Chicago.
HB 1774 passed the Senate 53-2 and heads to the House for a concurrence vote.