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11/5/2015


Rep Ann Williams to Hold Public Forum on Elected School Board


CHICAGO. – State Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, will host a public forum on creating an elected school board in Chicago and receive feedback from residents and community organizations on Wednesday, November 11th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theater, located at 2936 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.

“The status quo of crisis-driven budgeting and the lack of accountability is unacceptable,” said Williams. “Many constituents have expressed to me that the current appointed Board is not taking our schools in the right direction, and are interested in exploring how an elected school board can help move our schools forward.”

Ann is a cosponsor of HB 4268, the bill to create an Elected Representative School Board in Chicago. Chicago is the only city in Illinois without an elected school board; rather, the entire Board is appointed by the Mayor.

Williams said the forum will be an opportunity to explore this issue further and how this change can give CPS families and the community at large a greater voice as to the operation and management of their local schools.

“While a change in governance is certainly not a panacea, it's difficult to argue that the real accountability and increased investment in our schools that an elected board would bring would not have a significant impact,“ said Williams.

If you are interested in attending the forum or would like more information about Rep. Williams’ efforts to improve and enhance our neighborhood schools, please contact her directly via email at ann@repannwilliams.com or by phone at 773-880-9082.