An Elected School Board – Establishing School Board Districts
We can all agree that speaking generally, there is significant room for improvement in the education of our children here in Chicago and a representative elected school board can be a key component of the change needed to chart an improved direction for Chicago Public Schools.
The legislation passed to establish an elected CPS board calls for the following:
The size of the board will be expanded from the current seven members to 21 members in 2025;
- The City of Chicago shall be subdivided into 10 electoral districts for the 2024 elections and into 20 electoral districts for the 2026 elections – Each district must be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population and consistent with the Illinois Voting Rights Act.
- In November 2024, 10 members will be elected from 10 school board districts, these members will serve four-year terms and will be up for re-election in 2028;
- By Dec. 16, 2024, Mayor Brandon Johnson must also appoint 10 members from those same 10 districts to serve two-year terms.
- By Dec. 16, 2024, the mayor will also appoint a school board president from anywhere in the city to serve for two years.
- All 21 new school board members — half elected; half appointed — will be sworn into office in January 2025.
- In November 2026, the 10 mayoral-appointed seats will switch to being elected to four-year terms. Those members will be up for re-election in 2030.
- In November 2026, all Chicago voters will elect a school board president at-large. That person will also be up for re-election in 2030.
- By January 2027, all 21 members will have been elected.
- From that point on, school board elections will be staggered, with half the seats up for reelection every two years.
- also puts in place a moratorium on school closures until 2025, and includes language to prevent individuals with conflicts of interest from serving on the board.
- Additionally, the legislation creates the Chicago Board of Education Diversity Advisory Board, to provide non-citizen students with maximum opportunity for success during their elementary and secondary education experience.
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