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Up until now, Chicago Public Schools has never had an elected school board in its entire history. All that will change as HB 2809 — passed in the Illinois General Assembly’s 2021 spring session — goes into effect. It’s been a long time coming. We’ve fought for years to give our district the same kind of democracy that every other district in the state. We have many people to thank for this victory, starting with the parents, educators and community members who have organized in coalition to win this. Right now, we have 28 state senators and 60 state representatives to thank. If your legislators are among them, please take a minute or two to express your thanks.