Appointed School Boards Pass Muster Under Voting Rights Act, Court Rules

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge under the Voting Rights Act to Chicago’s mayorally appointed school board, holding that nothing in the text of the 1965 federal law requires any public office to be elective.

Court rules, mayors can appoint school boards.

Legal – The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to overcome legal and policy barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans and other people of color from voting. Their right to vote was repeated constrained by local legislation and other barriers. Voting is a right guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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