SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, supported legislation to give local parents a voice in their children’s education by requiring members of the Chicago School Board to be elected by local residents.
“I believe parents and community members are the best advocates for local schools, and it’s time that we grant them the authority to elect school board members who are responsible for making important decisions regarding education in Chicago,” said Slaughter. “Our children and their parents deserve a school board that represents our community and is truly aware of our students’ needs. This legislation will place us on the right path to secure a bright future for local families.”
Slaughter’s House Bill 2267 would change the current mayor-appointed board to an elected one, starting with the 2023 municipal election. The legislation would split Chicago into 20 districts that would each elect a representative for the board. This measure will help bring accountability and transparency to the Chicago Public School’s (CPS) board of education. Additionally, the measure calls on the General Assembly to review and make any necessary improvements or changes to the structure of the elected school board in 2029.
“This legislation will help us reach the oversight, transparency, and accountability that the Chicago School Board desperately needs,” said Slaughter. “I am proud to support legislation that gives a voice to the parents and children whose lives and future education depends on the decisions made by this board.”