Coalition's idea for elected school board splits mayoral candidates
Advocacy group favors putting control of Chicago Public Schools in hands of teachers, parents
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said thereÂs no substitute for the voices of parents, teachers and students who are in the city's schools every day. (Chris Walker/Tribune)
The group called for an elected school board that would geographically represent the city instead of the current panel the mayor appoints. The proposed board would dedicate seven of the 13 seats for parents and community members. Two would go to teachers and one each to an administrator, education researcher, paraprofessional and business person.
The push is in its early stages; advocates will need to persuade state legislators to overhaul the landmark 1995 law