This is good to see. A district as large and diverse as the Chicago Public Schools should have a school board that is accountable to the parents and children who utilize its services. Under the current CPS governance structure, the board reports directly and solely to the mayor, which is anything but accountable. Chicago’s school-age children and their parents are right to feel completely helpless to prevent school closings. The mayor appoints every member of the Board of Education, including its president. There may be civic leaders with noble intentions serving on the Board, but goodwill is no substitute for a directly elected body that is accountable to its constituents.