Chicago Public School Board

For the record: History lesson, elected board

Linda Lenz | Catalyst Chicago

It is a common misconception that the Chicago mayor acquired the authority to appoint the School Board in 1995. In fact, in Chicago, the mayor has always appointed the School Board, at least during the lifetime of anyone now living.

This issue has come up recently as activists and some aldermen have started to push for an elected school board.

The 1988 Chicago School Reform Act, which decentralized the school system,

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