Greising: Come Clean, Mayor Lightfoot: Do You Support an Elected School Board or Not?

As a candidate, Lori Lightfoot said she supported an elected school board. As mayor of Chicago, she's indicating she's changed her mind. Which is it, asks President David Greising.

Lori Lightfoot addresses guests after being sworn in as Mayor of Chicago during a ceremony at the Wintrust Arena on May 20, 2019. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in a tight spot.

It’s a spot she built herself, so she’s responsible for the fix she’s in. And how she gets out will have lasting effects on her success as mayor.

The spot in question is this: How to reverse field and come out against an elected school board for Chicago Public Schools?

Running for mayor, first-time politician Lightfoot told voters she favored an elected school board. Almost from the day she took office — and certainly, by the time she began jousting with the Chicago Teachers Union early in her term — Lightfoot apparently decided that was a bad idea.

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