Tabares-Backed Legislation Creating a Chicago Elected School Board Passes House

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State Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after House Bill 557 passed the House Wednesday, which would create an elected school board in Chicago: “Currently, Chicago is the only city in the entire state that is unable to elect their school board, and it simply isn’t right. The current appointment process prevents families from having their voices heard about how Chicago Public Schools should educate students. With today’s vote, we are one step closer to getting an elected school board.

“Throughout my time in office, I have made it my responsibility to be vocal about what the residents of my district want. I learn their priorities by going door-to-door and holding events throughout the area, and people really do want the opportunity to elect their school board members. Nearly 90 percent of residents of Chicago who voted last year are in support of this measure, and the state has a responsibility to make sure that their voices are heard.

“I am thankful to all those who have worked to make sure that this important piece of legislation passed the House, and I urge the Senate and the governor to consider the necessity of this legislation so we can quickly begin realizing the benefits.”

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