We in New York City know about a school board appointed by the mayor with orders not to listen to anyone but him.
We know about a school board that treats parents and teachers as nuisances.
Chicago parents know it too, and they aren’t going to take it without speaking out, as they are not allowed to do at “public hearings.”
They know what they want: smaller class size, respect for their teachers, resources for their schools. But their school board doesn’t agree, doesn’t want to hear them and doesn’t respect them.