Elected Representative School Board Legislation

What is HB 4268 ?

Currently, the Chicago Board of Education (the Board) consists of 7 members who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago, without the consent or approval of the City Council. The members serve 4 year terms.

    • The Mayor also appoints the Chief Executive Officer and determines his or her compensation.  In the 2015 municipal elections, voters in 37 Chicago wards were asked if they favored an elected board over an appointed board.
    • The results were staggering, yet not surprising: 89 percent of voters favored an elected board.

 

  • House Bill 4268 provides that:On March 15, 2016, the terms of all currently appointed members of the Board will expire and abolish.
    • 13 new members are to then be elected.  
      • Four electoral regions: Southeast Side, Southwest Side, West/Central Region, and the North Region. Each region must be represented by 3 members, except the North region which will have 4 members. Each region must have 2 parent members and 1 community member. 
      • Eligibility requirements: must be at least 18 years old; parent or legal guardian of a child enrolled in the public school region; and be a resident of the region. Eligible persons must obtain a petition with at least 250 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot.

 

      • 7 members will serve 4-year terms and 6 members will serve 2-year terms, in order to create staggered terms.
  • These board members would better represent our children and our communities than an unaccountable, unelected board.
  • These elected board members would have strong ties to the communities, chosen democratically by the very communities they would serve.
  • Then, if voters – parents and members of the community – feel board members are not doing an adequate job or are failing our students, they can be replaced. The board will be more accountable.

If you still need more information about whether Chicago needs an elected school board please take a look at these resources:

CEJE-ERSB-ExecSum-2015

GEM ERSB Fact Sheet