The case for electing Chicago's school board

January 18, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(Photo courtesy of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization)
The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization is a part of a coalition calling for an elected school board in Chicago.

One of the things Chicago's next mayor will have on his or her plate is control over Chicago Public Schools.

CPS is the country’s third-largest school system. The mayor has the power to select the head – or CEO – of CPS and appoint members to the board that oversees the entire system. But a coalition of Chicago groups wants to change that arrangement. Jitu Brown is part of that group. He’s with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization.

When "Eight Forty-Eight" spoke with Brown recently, he explained why he thinks it is time to for an elected board.