This article argues that Chicago needs an elected school board.

Rahm’s school board sounds like the Politburo, all voting in unison to do what is unconscionable.

One protester said, “Every school is my school.”

This is the saddest comment of all:

“In between the dramatic scenes of angry audience members refusing to leave the podium, there were so many speakers who raised such thoughtful issues about why it made no sense for their school to be closed that it would have given anyone pause. But there was to be no pause.

“The time is always right to do what is right,” Byrd-Bennett would later say of the 50 schools being closed, using a quotation from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to defend a policy decision that I can’t imagine King would have favored.

King would have been more likely to lead a campaign for an elected school board.”