The CPS Board—appointed by the mayor— is not accountable to the people it is supposed to serve. The Board is failing our children.
Updates and Resources for the fight for an Elected Representative School Board are on the Teachers' For Social Justice website.
We need to raise $10,000 to file federal and state suits and another $10,000 to cover expenses so the (pro-bono) attorneys can win this suit for the people of Chicago.
Please donate now, share on your social networks and ask 5 others to donate at https://rally.org/ChiElectSchoolBoard .
What you can do.
- See the TSJ Updates Page for upcoming events, and ways to get involved.
- Donate to the lawsuit to get an elected representative school board.
- Contact your elected officials. Ask them to support a Representative Elected School Board.
- Follow CODE @CODE4Democracy on Twitter for updates.
Why we need an Elected Representative School Board
- CPS’s privatization policies—school closings, turnarounds and charters—do NOT improve education. They have been devastating to all children, especially those in African American and Latino communities.
- Class size has increased. Art, music, recess, PE & after school activities have been cut, while high-stakes testing eats up more classroom and learning time. It took a historic teacher strike just to hold the line on these losses, but the district is a long way from providing a rich curriculum for all students.
- CPS has expanded an unequal system: A top tier of selective schools for a few students and a bottom tier of resource-starved neighborhood schools for everyone else.
- CPS makes decisions, like the ones that forced the teachers' strike without any pubic input.
- CPS blames teachers, parents, and students for the problems THEY have created.
- The teachers were able to fight back against the board on some issues by striking, but the union is legally prohibited to strike over many issues that affect students, parents and communities in CPS. School closures, class size, expansion of charters, uneven distribution of resources and the expansion of more and more standardized testing are all CPS board policies that are imposed with no input from students, parents or communities.
An Elected Representative Board is a Necessary FIRST STEP to Improve Our Schools.
- An Elected Representative Board would be accountable to the citizens of Chicago as well as CPS teachers, parents and students and would be more diverse, reflecting the people it serves.
- By state law, Chicago is the only city in Illinois with an appointed school board. The Illinois Legislature must pass a law to enact an elected school board. Our advisory referendum will make our voices heard in Springfield and let our legislators know that they have our support for an Elected Representative Board.
- Election requirements could mandate specific qualifications and cap campaign expenditures, thus reducing the influence of money and politics on education.