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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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...